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Hy-Vee to host annual Veterans Day breakfast

Hy-Vee to host annual Veterans Day breakfast

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. will host its annual Veterans Day breakfast on November 12 to recognize and thank veterans and active-duty military members for their service and provide them with a complimentary meal. Hy-Vee said it expects to serve more than 90,000

Consumers adopting tech-driven buying habits: survey

Consumers adopting tech-driven buying habits: survey

NEW YORK — Besides rushing to the mall this holiday season, a nationwide survey by Citi Retail Services (CRS) finds that consumers are increasingly shopping with their computers and mobile devices, or by interacting with their virtual assistants. In its third-annual study on evolving consumer

IRI sees $450 billion self-care opportunity

IRI sees $450 billion self-care opportunity

CHICAGO — Eating organic food, using natural home remedies, taking vitamins and disinfecting homes are just a few ways in which consumers are taking control of their own health and getting a handle on rising health care costs, according to an IRI report. With 88%

Ahold Delhaize names Selma Postma as Peapod president

Ahold Delhaize names Selma Postma as Peapod president

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize has appointed Selma Postma as president of Peapod, effective January 1. Postma joins Peapod after a career of almost two decades at Albert Heijn. Since 2014, she was general manager of Albert Heijn Online, where she helped to accelerate online

Ahold Delhaize posts strong 3Q results

Ahold Delhaize posts strong 3Q results

ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported group sales of €15.8 billion ($18.1 billion) for the third quarter, up 3.6% over the comparable prior year period. Net income was up 26.7% (26% at constant exchange rates) to €459 billion ($525.6 billion). “I’m pleased with these

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RETAIL NEWS

Instacart Pickup goes nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO — Instacart said Wednesday that will be rolling out its Instacart Pickup grocery click-and-collect service nationwide. Instacart will be working with existing and new retail partners to add the Instacart Pickup service to participating partner stores nationwide over the coming months and throughout

GIANT to acquire five Stop ‘n Save stores

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores has agreed to acquire five corporately-owned Stop ‘n Save stores from Supervalu Inc. The stores will be converted to the Martin’s banner once the deal is compete. Supervalu, now a subsidiary of United Natural Foods Inc., has said it plans

ShopRite supports Diabetes Awareness Month

KEASBEY, N.J. — ShopRite Supermarkets Inc. is offering free diabetes-themed educational classes, food demonstrations and store tours led by in-store dietitians as part of National Diabetes Awareness Month. The supermarket said the offerings are part of its continued commitment to providing free health and wellness

CVS earnings beat Wall Street projections

WOONSOCKET, R.I. ­— Strong gains in the pharmacy retail business helped CVS Health beat analysts’ third quarter earnings and revenue expectations. The company also announced on Tuesday that it anticipates the $69 billion Aetna deal to close before Thanksgiving. Net revenues for the three months

Kroger brings Geoffrey’s Toy Box to stores for holidays

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced Friday a partnership to bring Geoffrey’s Toy Box exclusive brands to nearly 600 Kroger family of stores across America for the 2018 holiday season. Starting this month, Geoffrey’s Toy Box branded merchandise and displays will appear in participating Kroger Family of

SUPPLIER NEWS

P&G debuts Tide Eco-Box package

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co.’s Tide brand has reimagined its classic liquid detergent with a new Eco-Box package containing an ultra-concentrated formula designed for e-commerce. The company said the Tide Eco-Box arrives on a shopper’s doorstep in a sealed, shipping-safe cardboard box. Inside the

Mother, daughter team unveils hair removal products

NEW YORK — In 1991, Sue Ismiel whipped up her first batch of Nad’s in her kitchen as a mother determined to find a gentle hair removal solution for her young daughter. In doing so, she created the original Nad’s Hair Removal Gel, which changed

Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability programs recognized

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark Corp. has been recognized with two awards for its efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. The company received the 2018 Responsible Business Award for Climate Action from Ethical Corporation, and earned its sixth consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award from

Pringles brings back Thanksgiving-inspired flavors

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s Pringles brand is bringing back three favorites from last year’s limited edition Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner collection: Turkey, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. “When we launched Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner last year, it was so exciting to see Pringles fans’ positive reactions celebrating

Hallmark unveils holiday launches

KANSAS CITY — Hallmark Cards Inc. is celebrating the holiday season with various launches of cards, gift bags and scented tissue paper. The company is introducing a new card line called Paper Wonder, featuring 20 designs in five formats. Each card unfolds, pops or expands