Top Grocery Retailer and Food Supply Chain News Dec 16-30
By iFoodDS Team
December 30, 2021
Here is our bi-weekly roundup of the latest food industry news. In the weeks of December 16-30, grocery retailers launched new in-store tools to offer a better shopping experience, studies highlighting trends of 2021 and 2022 were released, and the most trusted grocery retailers were named.
Albertsons Debuts Tool for Auto-Replenishment
Albertsons launched two new tools, Meal Planning and Schedule and Save. The new capabilities offer customers the chance to plan menus, create shopping lists and auto-replenish grocery and household essentials.
Walmart To Open Fulfillment Center in Salt Lake City
As part of their commitment to offer customers fast shipping, Walmart announced the company’s plan to open a million-square-foot fulfillment center in Salt Lake City to fulfill orders placed through their website.
Sysco Relaunches “Foodie” Magazine
With a new look and feel, Sysco relaunched their magazine “Foodie”. The digital version of the magazine includes recipes, foodservice tips, and operations information.
Shoppers Grocery Budget Expected to Climb 15% in 2022
An increase of nearly 15% is expected to be seen in consumers’ food budgets for 2022 according to a survey conducted by KPMG.
United Fresh Encouraged by Biden Administration’s Efforts to Relieve Supply Chain Problems
Following important initiatives by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Fresh released a statement supporting the efforts by the Biden Administration to address the challenges of the fresh produce supply chain.
Walmart and Kroger Named Most Trusted U.S. Grocery Retailers
A report by BrandSpark International and Newsweek polled 3200 consumers on the grocery store banners they trust the most. Using 22 attributes as trust indicators, Walmart and Kroger were named the most-trusted grocery retailers in the country.
Produce Department Impacted by Inflation
According to the latest retail fresh produce sales report by IRI, 210 Analytics and the Produce Marketing Association, retail produce sales in November were up 4% from a year ago and up 16% from two years ago. The volume of produce sold was down 4.4% compared to last November.
6th Annual Grocery Tech Trends Study Released
The 6th Annual Grocery Tech Trends Study by RIS News was released. The study highlights the challenges, opportunities and plans of more than 70 retailers.
Foodservice and Deli Trends of 2021
Supermarket News released the trends grocery retailers experienced during 2021 as customers returned to stores and supermarkets.
Albertsons Partners With Picadeli for New Salad Bar Concept
Albertsons partnered with Picadeli, Europe’s leading food tech company, to offer a new salad bar concept to bring high-tech healthy salad bars to their stores. The modular salad bar is customized to each of the locations where the concept has been launched.