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Unilever U.S. names Terry Thomas as EVP of customer development

Unilever U.S. names Terry Thomas as EVP of customer development

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — Unilever U.S. has appointed Terry Thomas as executive vice president of customer development. He succeeds Gina Boswell, who will be retiring after eight years at the company. Thomas joined Unilever more than six years ago, leading the east grocery accounts as well as the dollar/value, emerging and military channels. In 2018, he

Retail sales growth strong in July

Retail sales growth strong in July

WASHINGTON — Retail sales were up 0.9% in July seasonally adjusted from June and up 5.6% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. The numbers exclude sales by automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “July’s strong results are consistent with a confident consumer,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said in a statement on Thursday.

Walmart reports Q2 net income of $3.6 billion

Walmart reports Q2 net income of $3.6 billion

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reported on Thursday a second-quarter net income of $3.6 billion compared with a net loss of $861 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 1.8% to nearly $130.4 billion. Operating income, on a constant currency basis, declined 2.4% to $5.6 billion. “Customers are responding to the improvements we’re making, the productivity loop

GIANT plans flagship supermarket in Philadelphia

GIANT plans flagship supermarket in Philadelphia

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores revealed plans for a flagship supermarket in a mixed-use urban development under construction on the banks of the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia. The 65,000-square-foot GIANT store is expected to open by fall of 2020, the company said. “Like the city of Philadelphia, GIANT continues to grow and innovate

Joe Fresh joins the mix at Hy-Vee

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. has begun offering apparel and accessories under the Joe Fresh brand, marketed in Canada by Loblaw Cos. The assortments are available at selected stores in seven Midwest markets, and offerings vary by store. The assortments include Joe Fresh apparel, accessories, footwear and beauty products for women, men, children

Pharmavite names Donaldson EVP of sales

Pharmavite names Donaldson EVP of sales

WEST HILLS, Calif. — Pharmavite said Tuesday that it has appointed Bryan Donaldson executive vice president of sales. In this critical role, Donaldson will oversee all sales functionality for Pharmavite, including customer relationships, sales planning and forecasting, customer development and retail execution. Prior to his promotion, Donaldson worked as divisional vice president, sales with responsibility

Giant launches pediatric cancer fundraising program

Giant launches pediatric cancer fundraising program

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food has launched its 15th annual fundraising program for pediatric cancer, which is designed to support cancer research initiatives. Giant said Tuesday that it aims to raise at least $2 million throughout the eight-week program, running from Aug. 16 to Oct. 10, from the sale of $5 coupon books valued at

Kroger reduced food waste footprint in 2018

Kroger reduced food waste footprint in 2018

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. said Monday  that the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste efforts reduced its supermarket food waste footprint – the overall food waste it produced – by 9% in 2018. Kroger’s progress was outlined in its 2019 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, also released on Monday. This is the company’s 13th

OLLY taps Graham as celebrity ambassador

OLLY taps Graham as celebrity ambassador

SAN FRANCISCO — Model, entrepreneur and body activist Ashley Grahamhas joined OLLY Nutrition as a brand ambassador. The company said Graham’s dedication to living a balanced and authentic lifestyle seamlessly complements OLLY’s mission of celebrating health as the foundation of happiness. While shooting a campaign in Morocco, Ashley was introduced to the brand through her

Giant Eagle partners with higi

Giant Eagle partners with higi

CHICAGO, Ill. – Giant Eagle Supermarkets is the latest retailer to partner with higi, a consumer health engagement company that operates health screening stations in retail stores and other locations. higi stations offer a convenient way to access free health screenings and ongoing health education tools and resources. higi’s network of stations enhances Giant Eagle’s

SpartanNash CEO Dave Staples resigns

SpartanNash CEO Dave Staples resigns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dave Staples has resigned as chief executive officer of SpartanNash, the company announced Monday. Dennis Eidson, the chairman of the board who served as CEO from 2008 to 2017, will serve as interim president and chief executive until a successor is named. “The board remains confident in the company’s strategic direction

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