Jeffrey Woldt

Retailers on front line in fight against hunger

For the first time since 1969, the White House convened a conference on hunger, nutrition and health. The meeting, which late last month brought together government officials and leaders from the business, civic, philanthropic and academic sectors, was intended to put the country on course to achieve two of President Biden’s major objectives — ending

Edeker sets the stage for Hy-Vee’s future

Edeker sets the stage for Hy-Vee’s future

Randy Edeker has had a remarkable run at Hy-Vee. Under his leadership as chairman and chief executive officer of the Midwestern grocer, the company extended its reach from food retailing and pharmacy to include other health and wellness services, e-commerce, restaurants and distribution. In the process, sales nearly doubled, and Hy-Vee emerged as an innovator

Retailers and suppliers must adapt to new food ecosystem

ST. LOUIS — The food and agricultural ecosystem has been shaken by the events of the last three-plus years, calling into question many long-held assumptions about how such products get from farm to table. Disruptions in the supply chain and changes in consumption patterns triggered by COVID-19, inflation levels not seen for 40 years and

Health care deal boosts Amazon’s disruptiveness

Anyone who had doubts about the depth and durability of Amazon’s commitment to disrupting the health care system should have had those concerns put to rest when the company agreed last month to pay some $3.9 billion to acquire One Medical, a provider of physician-delivered primary care services, and 1Life Healthcare Inc., the network’s administrative

Where’s the prosciutto? Maybe the local grocer

Where’s the prosciutto? Maybe the local grocer

How viable is it to sell premium specialty food, a process that requires a high level of knowledge and expertise, in the mass market? That conundrum was recently tackled by a small group of grocers from the northeastern U.S. and suppliers and officials representing the Emilia-Roma­gna region of Italy, an area known for prosciutto, Parmigiano

Walmart can address rural health care need

Walmart can address rural health care need

Sam Walton started what would become the world’s largest company by focusing on small towns where consumers lacked access to a broad range of quality merchandise at low prices. Now, six decades later, Walmart is following his playbook as it looks to expand its reach in health and wellness. The company, in conjunction with Medscape,

Grocers renew ties at FMI event

ORLANDO, Fla. — After a two-year, COVID-induced hiatus and subsequent postponement from January to March 2022, FMI – The Food Industry Association convened its Midwinter Executive Conference at the Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel. The gathering of supermarket industry leaders and their counterparts from the consumer packaged goods and technology sectors was notable for the level

Academy event grooms future grocery leaders

While leaders of the supermarket industry convened in Orlando for the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, standout performers from the next generation were sharpening their skills at an event sponsored by the Academy of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Organized by Joe Bivona, the academy’s executive director, the inaugural Rising Stars training program

FMI offers perspective on grocery inflation

FMI offers perspective on grocery inflation

It’s clear that high inflation, which some overly optimistic economists had predicted would be a short-lived phenomenon, is now a persistent problem. Nowhere is the financial squeeze it causes more immediately evident to most Americans than at the supermarket. Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association, and Ricky

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