Top Grocery Retailer and Food Supply Chain News May 1 – 15
By iFoodDS Team
May 15, 2022
Here is our bi-weekly roundup of the latest food industry news. In the weeks of May 1 – 15, a report found that inflation changed consumer behaviors, Red Sun Farms was named one of Canada’s best managed companies, Sprouts Farmers Market highlighted its sustainability progress, and Fresh Express contributed to the Center for Produce Safety. Major retailers continue to expand and transition to self-distributing DCs.
Sprouts Farmers Market Releases Sustainability Progress
Grocery retailer Sprouts released a report on the company’s sustainability progress. Through their efforts, the company was able to reduce its carbon emissions per square foot by almost 10% since 2019, recycle 500 tons of plastic, and recover 78% of food waste and donate it.
Consumer Behavior Impacted by Inflation
A recent IRI report identified that 8 out of 10 consumers noticed price increases in food and beverage and have changed their behavior as a result. 33% of consumers have reduced their impulse purchases.
Fresh Del Monte Sales Are Going Up
Fresh Del Monte reported that their sales went up 5% compared to last year. The fresh and value-added product category has grown due to favorable pricing.
Ahold Delhaize Transitions to Self-Distribution
As part of the company’s supply chain transformation program, Ahold Delhaize recently transitioned its York, PA warehouse to a self-distribution center.
Kroger’s Accelerator Program
With the second version of Kroger’s Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator program coming up soon, the retailer is receiving applications from growers and producers. The program offers the opportunity to work directly with the retailer in multiple categories, including produce.
Red Sun Farms Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies
For the 10th consecutive year, Red Sun Farms was named one of the best-managed companies of Canada. The award recognizes companies that combine expertise, a culture of innovation, and a commitment to the community.
Fresh Express Contribution to The Center for Produce Safety
The Center for Produce Safety recently received a $500K contribution from Fresh Express. The new funds will help CPS finance research for five years and share insights with the produce industry, government, and stakeholders.
NatureSweet’s First Chief Scientific Officer
NatureSweet appointed the company’s first ever chief scientific officer, Martin Ruebelt. Rubelt will lead the lead the development of the Innovation Center.