Supermarket Industry News Roundup: October, 20 2017

October 20, 2017

Independent Grocers Donate 847K Meals to Feeding America

The NGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Grocers Association, raised nearly $77,000, or 846,553 meals, for Feeding America as part of the first-ever Independence Day of Giving campaign. The donation was presented as a check to

Nancy Curby, SVP of corporate partnerships and operations at Feeding America, during NGA’s Fall Leadership Meetings in Chicago. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.


Buehler’s Fresh Foods acquired by ESOP
E&H Family Group on Wednesday said it has sold its 13-store Buehler’s supermarket chain to the banner’s workers in the form of an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. Learn more via Supermarket News.

New IGA President/CEO Sees Three Trends Driving Retail’s Future
On John Ross’ first day as president and CEO of IGA USA in Chicago on Oct. 17, he and his predecessor Mark Batenic took time to field some questions from Shelby Report Editor-in-Chief Lorrie Griffith. Ross already had met with members of the 38-person team at IGA headquarters before the 9 a.m. Central interview. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Supervalu To Acquire Associated Grocers of Florida
Supervalu Inc. and Associated Grocers of Florida Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Supervalu to acquire Associated Grocers in a transaction valued at approximately $180 million. Learn more via The Shelby Report

SpartanNash Enters High-Growth Prepared Foods Market in Deal for Indianapolis Firm
For its first acquisition following the transformational deal that created SpartanNash Co., the grocery retailer and distributor opted to buy a company that positioned it in a related high-growth market. Learn more via MiBiz

ROFDA And Rosie To Bring Online Shopping To 2,000 Independents
Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) and Rosie, an e-commerce company, have entered into a new partnership, announced at the National Grocers Association’s Fall Leadership Meetings, that will bring Rosie’s online shopping platform to 2,000 independent grocery stores across the U.S. over the next two years. Learn more via The Shelby Report

Supermarket Employees to Compete in National Bagging Competition
In today’s busy world, efficiency is king—especially at grocery stores, where long checkout lines can turn even the most patient shopper into a petulant purchaser. It only makes sense, then, that a nationwide competition exists among supermarket employees to determine the country’s best bagger. Learn more via Mental Floss

Why Amazon Buying Whole Foods Might Not Shake Up the Grocery Industry Like You Might Expect
Most U.S. shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that raises questions about how much‘s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will shake up the supermarket business. Learn more via Fortune.

Why Retailers Should Get Fresh with Frozen
No category is an island. Sometimes, however, creating an island of products in another category can be a bridge to higher overall sales and greater intra-store integration. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Destinations, Tech, Convenience Spur Customer Loyalty: Survey
In experiential retail marketing firm Interactions’ new Retail Perceptions study, “From Location to Destination Grocery,” a survey of more than 1,500 adult shoppers found that while price is the most important factor determining consumer shopping decisions, in-store events, along with promotions, exemplary service and convenience, are the ultimate drivers of customer loyalty. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

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.