Top Grocery Retailer and Food Supply Chain News Nov 16-30
By iFoodDS Team
November 30, 2021
Here is our bi-weekly roundup of the latest food industry news. In the weeks of November 16-30, studies forecasting shopping trends and customer behaviors for 2022 were released, a National Grocers Association report showing the state of the industry became available, and grocers continued to partner and launch innovative solutions to keep on expanding.
Ahold Delhaize Omnichannel Ecosystem
Global food retailer Ahold Delhaize expects an accelerated growth in sales of $11.4 billion starting in 2023. Acceleration of their omnichannel transformation is one of the big priorities for the grocery retailer for the next four years.
National Grocers Association Fall Report 2021
The National Grocers Association released their fall report to determine the current state of the industry. The report targets chain grocers, independent grocers and produce wholesalers, and shows issues, trends and supply chain issues of the past 18 months.
Specialty Food Association Forecasts 2022 Trends
According to the Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) trendspotting panel, five trends were identified for specialty foods in 2022. Black rice, pumpkin, red lentils, and purple carrots are some of the pasta alternatives forecasted to be trending during next year.
Google and Kroger. Co Partner to Test Grocery E-Commerce Feature
Google is expanding its grocery e-commerce feature after successfully testing the Google Maps Pickup functionality with Kroger Co. Customers using Google Maps can place a pickup order from a retailer, and Google Maps Pickup allows them to track their order status, share their ETA, and let the store know they have arrived, all from the app.
Quality Remains a Revenue Growth Driver
According to new research, two-thirds of grocery revenue growth stems from quality-minded shoppers. This highlights opportunities for grocers to focus on quality as it is becoming more important for customers.
Giant Opens Three New Stores in Philadelphia
Food retailer Giant continues to expand in the city of Philadelphia and will open three new stores during December.
Meijer and Dow Partner for Sustainability
As part of their sustainability efforts, Meijer and Dow partnered to create a parking lot made with 12,500 pounds of consumer recycled plastic. The pilot program was launched at a supercenter in Michigan.
Fresh Produce Supply Threatened by Supply Chain Disruptions
According to a joint statement of produce associations across Noth America, the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables could be at risk due to shortages of fertilizers and pesticides.
Albertsons Tests Smart Cart
Through a partnership with Veeve, Albertsons is testing smart carts at two locations. The pilot looks at ways to speed the shopping process for customers.
Walmart and DroneUp Partner to Deliver Orders Via Drones
Walmart and DroneUp announced their partnership that will enable them to deliver eligible items to Walmart customers in less than 30 minutes. The service is currently available in three stores in Arkansas.