Supermarket Industry News Roundup: January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

Industry Stakeholders Create New Coalition to Advocate for NAFTA
A broad group of stakeholders in the food system joined together to create a new coalition to advocate for America’s involvement in free trade agreements, specifically the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Stakeholders involved in the new organization, called Americans for Farmers and Families, range from the American Farm Bureau Federation to Walmart and the National Grocers Association. Learn more via The Packer.

Remodel Yields Amazing Returns for Southeast Georgia Independent
In 2016, Reynolds Foodliner converted its store in the southeast Georgia town of Hazlehurst to the Piggly Wiggly Country Fresh banner. As part of the Country Fresh part of the name, the store features expanded fresh departments like meat, produce and deli/bakery. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

The Rise of the Ethnic Independent
Ethnic and mainstream foods have increasingly converged as consumers of all backgrounds become more exposed to the cuisines of the world through cooking shows, social media and the growing presence of globally influenced foodservice offerings. Learn more via Supermarket News.

Online Grocery on the Rise as Consumers Seek Value: IRI Study
Internet grocery shopping is growing in part because consumers feel they can save money by doing so, according to a new study by IRI. IRI’s Consumer Connect Survey revealed that more than one-quarter of shoppers regularly buy grocery items online. Learn more via Grocery Business.

Top Women in Grocery Nominations Open for 2018
Nominations are now being accepted for Progressive Grocer’s 2018 Top Women in Grocery awards program, which recognizes women who are playing an integral role across all segments of the retail food industry. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

5 Tech Trends That Will Shape Grocery in 2018
From aisle-wandering robots to artificial intelligence, there’s no shortage of eye-catching technology available to retailers right now. But what are the trends to watch? Learn more via Food DIVE.

Millennials See Savings, Convenience in Online Shopping: Survey
More than half of Millennial consumers said they plan to increase their frequency of online shopping this year, according to research from IRI. In the fourth quarter, 28% of consumers said they purchased groceries online, compared with 23% who did so in the first quarter of 2016, the IRI Consumer Connect study found. Learn more via Supermarket News.

NGA’s Supermarket Industry News Roundup is a weekly summary of news articles that highlights conversation around the independent supermarket industry and consumer trends. The links included in the summary have content that is not controlled by NGA.