Top Grocery Retailer and Food Supply Chain News Feb 1-14
By iFoodDS Team
February 14, 2022
Here is our bi-weekly roundup of the latest food industry news. In the weeks of February 1 – 14, grocers continued to expand across the country. The USDA appointed new members to the National Organic Standards Boards, and different studies forecasted grocers’ growth for the year and drivers for grocery shopping.
Aldi Continues to Expand
Aldi will open about 150 new stores across the country as part of the company’s plan to become the third-largest grocery retailer (by store count) in the U.S.
Shoprite Named Most Trusted NE Retailer
The most recent survey by Newsweek Magazine and BrandSpark International named Shoprite as the most trusted retailer in the Northeast. Quality, pricing, and transparency are some of the factors retailers were judged on.
Online Shopping Driven by Convenience
According to the third annual Online Grocery Usership survey by Chicory, convenience was the biggest driver of online grocery shopping, followed by product availability.
Private Labels Outpace National Brands
Data from shopper intelligence firm Catalina, showed that the introduction of private label brands outpaced CPG national brands. Categories with the biggest growth include frozen potatoes, pre-packaged breakfast sausage, and baking ingredients.
USDA Appoints Four New Members to the National Organic Standards Board
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of four new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The board is made up of 15 volunteer members representing the organic community.
Kroger Opens Fulfillment Center in Atlanta
Kroger announced the official opening of their fulfillment center located in Atlanta. The center is powered by Ocado Group and will provide fast delivery of grocery items and fresh food.
Grocery Industry Loses Jobs in January
According to the latest report from the U.S. Labor Department, the number of employees at grocery and food/beverage retailers declined compared to last January.
Grocers’ Growth Rate to Slow Down
A report by Coresight, identified that growth in the grocery market is decelerating, with a planned 2.7% growth rate in 2022. This is down from 12.5% in 2021.