Supermarket Industry News Roundup: January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018

Larkin: Shoppers Reveal Their Favorite Sources for Nutrition Information
Supermarket shoppers have developed their own version of “omnichannel” when it comes to where they like to get nutrition facts. They go for both online and offline sources for this health information. The three main places are product labels, the internet, and friends and family. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

ShopRite Operator Gives $150K to Workers from Tax Savings
A six-store ShopRite operator said Wednesday it would give $150 each to 1,000 of its non-management workers as a result of the new tax reform legislation. Wilmington, Del.-based Delaware Supermarkets, known as Kenny Family ShopRites, said it is following in the footsteps of larger corporations such as AT&T, Boeing and Comcast, which have also pledged to share a portion of their tax savings with workers. Learn more via Supermarket News.

SpartanNash Introduces ‘Our Family’ Brand to Michigan Retailers
SpartanNash is introducing the Our Family brand to the Michigan market—at its 87 retail stores, including Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, Forest Hills Foods, ValuLand and VG’s stores, and at more than 300 independent retail customer stores throughout the state. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Georgia Independent’s Own-Recipe Fried Peanut Clusters Spawn a Thriving Second Business
West Foods, an independent grocery store in the rural southwest Georgia town of Edison, has been making and selling fried peanuts to its customers for many years. The store’s owner, John West, who bought the store from his dad, Richard, back earlier in this decade, said the peanuts have always been a differentiator for the store, which is very necessary to compete against the Walmarts and Publixes of the world, he says. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Transparency: The New Buzzword Shaping the Food Industry
With the rise of organic and healthier based diets, the food industry has noticed the increasing number of health-conscious consumers. Health conscious consumers care about what’s in their meals and in the products they buy at supermarkets, from the ingredients to the amount of calorie intake. Learn more via Abasto.

FDA Takes Too Long to Announce Recalls, Federal Investigator Says
Federal investigators have found the Food and Drug Administration is moving too slowly when dealing with contaminated food products, according to The New York Times. Read more via Food DIVE.

New Year, New Goal: Updating the Retail Store
Now that Christmas is over, it is time to strike the appropriate balance between sales and productivity to update our retail stores and make the necessary improvements for next season. We must begin with initiatives for the New Year, focusing on attracting our customers all year. And as always, we must continue adding new ones. Learn more via Abasto.

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