Supermarket Industry News Roundup: July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017

NGA Gives Spirit of America Award to Joe Williams
The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented Joe Williams, former VP for regulatory and member services of the Austin-based Texas Retailers Association, with the NGA Spirit of America Award at the Texas Retailers Forum, which took place Sunday, July 23. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

NGA Promotes Laura Strange to VP
Strange was senior director of industry relations, communications and marketing. and in her new position, she will continue to oversee those departments. Strange will also be responsible for developing and implementing NGA’s strategy on a range of industry relations initiatives. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Former NGA Staffers Tapped for Key USDA Roles
Two former National Grocers Association staff members have been chosen for a senior leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) division. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.

Insights: Coborn’s Succeeds As E-Commerce Differentiator
How can an independent grocer succeed in an increasingly crowded e-commerce market? For St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Coborn’s, the winning formula includes boosting its e-commerce investment, differentiating from competitors, training delivery drivers to engage consumers and even making friends with customers’ dogs. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Supervalu sizes up meal solutions
As Supervalu works to improve traffic trends and drive sales, meal solutions, especially meal kits and grab-and-go options, will be a key area of focus, said Mark Gross, president and chief executive officer. Learn more via Food Business News.

Organics, local product help independents compete in Northwest
While major retailers like Wal-Mart Stores, Kroger, and now, Amazon, slug it out for dominance across the U.S., in the Northwest, independent retailers say they still have a say in the business, particularly where fresh produce is concerned. Learn more via The Packer.

Millennials spend more on groceries than older generations
Millennials are either already in or are rapidly moving into the family life stage. This is great news for grocers since it means more mouths to feed, both now and for years to come. Learn more via Food DIVE. 

Is seafood poised for the next meal kit?
Meal kits have caught the attention of retailers such as Kroger and Whole Foods. These traditional retail stalwarts and others have included prepped meal brands on their shelves in order to retain customers who might otherwise pledge their allegiance to delivery options. Learn more via Supermarket News.

Study: Men Becoming More And More Engaged In Shopping For Food
According to the latest research from Men’s Health, men are taking more control over grocery shopping and cooking than ever before, with 84 percent of them saying they’re the primary grocery shoppers in their households (a 19 percentage point increase over the past decade). Learn more via The Shelby Report.