CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. announced it has been named to Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list, debuting in the sixth spot. The company was recognized for its bold social impact plan Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, which aims to end hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Anthem, Inc. announced an arrangement with Walmart to advance the companies’ mutual goals of reducing healthcare costs and providing consumers with increased access to over-the counter (O-T-C) medicines and services that can improve their health. The Anthem-Walmart program, launching in January 2019, will enable consumers who are enrolled in Anthem’s affiliated Medicare Advantage
NEW YORK — PepsiCo has agreed to acquire countertop carbonated water machine maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion — this is the snacking and beverage giant’s latest move to add healthier products to its portfolio and push a more environmentally friendly agenda. The deal, for $144 per share in cash, is a 32% premium to the
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Marybeth Hayes, one of Walmart’s highest-ranking female executives, will be leaving the company in January 2019. Hays, who had served as executive vice president of consumables and health and wellness for just over a year, will leave the company early next year, according to an internal memo sent Friday from U.S. chief
CAMP HILL, Pa. — In the wake of their canceled merger agreement, Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. confront very different challenges as they face the future. Albertsons’ board of directors declined to change the terms of its offer to Rite Aid shareholders in the face of mounting opposition from shareholder advisory services and major
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Dollar General Corp. opened its 15,000th store here last month, marking the milestone with a community celebration and donation of $15,000 to five local schools to support literacy and education initiatives. The opening is part of the chain’s aggressive expansion program for 2018, which calls for 900 new store openings, 100 relocations
CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has made a number of executive appointments recently. Earlier this month the nation’s largest supermarket operator named Valerie Jabbar group vice president of merchandising, effective September 1. She has been president of Kroger’s Ralphs Grocery division — which encompasses 191 stores in Southern California — for the past two years. “Valerie
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc., a leader in making its stores a true health and wellness destination, has opened its first HealthMarket here, a concept store envisioned as a one-stop shop for health-conscious shoppers. The 15,700-square-foot store combines several of the initiatives and partnerships Hy-Vee has undertaken in recent years to spur growth
MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. has agreed to be acquired by United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) for $32.50 per share in cash, or approximately $1.3 billion in cash plus the assumption of outstanding debt and liabilities. The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is valued at about $2.9 billion
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. is continuing its steady expansion drive, opening its newest supercenter last month in Hudsonville, Mich. It is slated to open a new, smaller-format store under a different banner in Grand Rapids late this month. The Hudsonville supercenter measures 155,000 square feet and combines traditional design elements with innovative features.
SEATTLE — Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market have introduced a new grocery pickup service that allows Amazon Prime members to shop Whole Foods’ selection of fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral, and everyday staples and pick up their order in as little as 30 minutes, without leaving their car. “Pickup from
BATAVIA, Ill. — Discount supermarket operator Aldi is introducing organic fresh produce, prepared food and other new items as it accelerates a growth plan that includes the addition of about 700 stores in the United States over the next four years. Germany-based Aldi now has 1,800 U.S. stores in 35 states, many of which are