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Wakefern wins accolade as Regional Grocer of the Year

Wakefern wins accolade as Regional Grocer of the Year

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. had its start in 1946, during a challenging time for independent food retailers. The problem back then was that independent operators were seeing their loyal customers lured away by the big self-service supermarkets of the day, which could offer

ECRM rebrands with debut of new logo

ECRM rebrands with debut of new logo

SOLON, Ohio  – ECRM has transformed its brand identity with an updated, modernized logo that signals a new era for the company. The company  says that since it was founded in 1994, it has been helping buyers and sellers achieve success. ECRM adds that it

Target’s Gomez honored as top marketer by MMR

Target’s Gomez honored as top marketer by MMR

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has long been known for its unmatched marketing prowess, displayed through campaigns that are perhaps the most creative, distinctive and effective in all of retail. That reputation was achieved and maintained by a succession of fabled marketing executives, beginning with John

Stater Bros. names Jerrold Williams senior VP of HR

Stater Bros. names Jerrold Williams senior VP of HR

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Stater Bros. Markets has named Jerrold Williams as senior vice president of human resources. In this role, Williams will report directly to Stater Bros. president Greg McNiff and will oversee Stater Bros.’ administration division, which includes the company’s human resources, labor

Hourican leaving CVS to head Sysco

Hourican leaving CVS to head Sysco

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy president Kevin Hourican is leaving the company to become president and CEO of food service company Sysco Corp. “Retail pharmacy and the role pharmacists play in health care are rapidly evolving, and we’ll continue to lead the way in responding

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RETAIL NEWS

MMR names Dollar General Retailer of Year

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. seems to defy the kind of gravity that is keeping much of the retail industry earthbound. At a time when some retailers are scaling back their brick-and-mortar expansion plans and may see their profits constrained by the need to

GIANT Food commits to Pennsylvania

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores plans to spend $114 million on capital projects in Pennsylvania over the next 18 months. In an announcement made with the state officials at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Thursday, the retailer detailed plans to build a GIANT DIRECT

Albertsons reports 2.7% same-store sales gain in Q3

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. said that its third-quarter revenue increased 1.9% to $14.1 billion, driven by a 2.7% increase in comparable-store sales. Same-store sales have now increased for eight consecutive quarters. Gains in the 12 weeks to November 30 were attributed to growth in

WBA first quarter results miss projections

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance’s first quarter results fell short of Wall Street’s forecast. Stefano Pessina Adjusted earnings per share for the period ended November 30 were $1.37, while analysts had projected $1.41. Adjusted net earnings slid 11.8% to $1.2 billion, down 11.6% on

Stater Bros. promotes Thomas to EVP role

SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. has promoted Keith Thomas to the position of executive vice president of retail operations. Thomas will report directly to Stater Bros. president Greg McNiff and will be responsible for overseeing the retail operations of all the retailer’s stores. He

SUPPLIER NEWS

P&G plans to acquire Billie Inc.

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble Co. is planning to acquire Billie Inc., a growing female body care company committed to serving women’s beauty and grooming needs. Billie is a subscription-based, direct-to-consumer brand focused on providing women with quality shaving supplies and premium body care

Glad launches recyclable food bags

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox Co.’s Glad brand has introduced recyclable food bags as part of its integration with TerraCycle’s Loop pilot program in the U.S. Through this program, consumers will be able to order the products online and then receive and recycle their  food bags

SlimFast expands best-selling line of keto products

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — SlimFast has introduced product additions to its best-selling keto line, boosting its offerings to 21,  including ready-to-drink meal replacement shakes, meal replacement bars, snacks and shake mixes. The latest products in the lineup are: New Meal Shakes To-Go: ready-to-drink meal

Charlotte’s Web, Veritas Farms win ECRM/MMR Awards

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Charlotte’s Web won the ECRM/MMR Buyers Choice Award for its Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Drops during recent ECRM’s Pet CBD Program, which was held here in November. Veritas Farms was the finalist for its Calming Chews. Both companies were among dozens

P&G’s Always, Walmart target ‘Period Poverty’

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co.’s Always feminine hygiene brand and partners including Walmart have renewed the #EndPeriodPoverty campaign to help girls grow in confidence and reach their full potential. The partners want to triple the number of feminine care products donated “so no girl