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ShopRite opens new Long Island store

ShopRite opens new Long Island store

LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — ShopRite recently a new supermarket in this Long Island community. The 45,000-square-foot store is in a building that formerly housed a Waldbaum’s supermarket, but that has been completely renovated to reflect ShopRite’s take on a convenient grocery format with a focus

Elena Kraus named to Retail Litigation Center board

Elena Kraus named to Retail Litigation Center board

ARLINGTON, Va. — Elena Kraus, senior vice president and general counsel of Walgreens, has been named to the Retail Litigation Center’s board of directors. “We are very pleased to welcome Elena to the RLC board,” said Deborah White, president of the RLC and general counsel

NRF ups 2018 sales growth forecast

NRF ups 2018 sales growth forecast

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation has revised its retail sales forecast for 2018, saying it now expects sales to increase 4.5% or more, up from its earlier projection of a year-on-year gain in the range of 3.8% to 4.4%. “Higher wages, gains in disposable

CVS survey finds more may get flu shots this year

CVS survey finds more may get flu shots this year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The memory of last year’s severe flu season will inspire some Americans who did not get a flu shot last year to get vaccinated this year, according to a survey released Tuesday by CVS Health. According to the survey, 22% of consumers

FMI honors USDA official Andrea Gold

FMI honors USDA official Andrea Gold

MIDDLEBURG, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute presented its 2018 Esther Peterson Award for Consumer service to U.S. Department of Agriculture official Andrea Gold, who serves as director of the retailer policy and management division for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The presentation was

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RETAIL NEWS

Target names Bauer SVP, global inventory management

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. announced that John Bauer will join the company as senior vice president, global inventory management. In this role, Bauer will lead the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation. He will report to Arthur Valdez Jr., Target’s

Rite Aid, Albertsons agree to terminate merger

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. announced that it has mutually agreed with Albertsons Cos. to terminate their previously announced merger agreement. “While we believed in the merits of the combination with Albertsons, we have heard the views expressed by our stockholders and are

Kroger adds branding and marketing role for Gil Phipps

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday named Gil Phipps as vice president of branding, marketing and Our Brands. Phipps, who joined Kroger in 2012, currently serves as vice president of Our Brands. He assumes his new role on August 15. “We are fundamentally changing how we market

Amazon launches curbside pickup at Whole Foods stores

AUSTIN, Texas and SEATTLE — Amazon and Whole Foods Market have announced the roll out of grocery pickup beginning in Sacramento and Virginia Beach, with more cities to come throughout 2018. Prime members can now shop Whole Foods Market’s selection of fresh and organic produce, bakery,

CVS sales, earnings top Wall Street estimates

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Pharmacy gains propelled CVS Health’s second quarter results ahead of Wall Street’s expectations. Retail sales for the three months ended June 30 climbed 5.7% to $20.7 billion, despite less front-end traffic. Overall same-store sales rose 5.9%. Pharmacy sales jumped 8.3% from a

SUPPLIER NEWS

Coke and BodyArmor announce new strategic relationship

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola Co. will acquire a minority ownership stake in the sports drink maker BodyArmor. As part of the deal, BodyArmor will gain access to Coca-Cola’s extensive bottling facilities, which should allow the brand to accelerate its growth. Financial terms of the agreement were

WooBamboo offers a natural alternative in oral care

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Ranked by SPINS as the United States’ No. 1 fastest growing natural toothbrush brand (now in over 15,000 stores worldwide), WooBamboo’s “eco-awesome” oral care products were designed to inspire the world and empower eco-minded consumers. With a full line of bamboo

PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi to step aside, Laguarta named new CEO

NEW YORK — PepsiCo announced today that Indra Nooyi will step down as its longtime chief executive officer.  Company  veteran Ramon Laguarta will be named the new CEO, the move comes at a time when the beverage maker is navigating a challenging global soda market.

Nestlé opens new U.S. headquarters in Virginia

ARLINGTON, Va. — Nestlé celebrated the opening of its new U.S. headquarters here on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and culinary festival called the Nestlé Good Life Fest. The celebration brought together Nestlé leadership and employees, elected officials and community members. The new location in

Johnson & Johnson to acquire Zarbee’s

SKILLMAN, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. has agreed to acquire Zarbee’s Inc., a privately held company that specializes in naturally based health care products. The acquisition will include the full line of Zarbee’s Naturals products for children and adults. Financial terms of the transaction were