Kroger Raises Full-Year Guidance, Will Expand Boost Program Nationwide

The company says it now expects identical sales growth without fuel to be in the range of 2.5% to 3.5% over the full year.

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Registration Open for International Fresh Produce Association’s Global Produce & Floral Show

The event, which takes place Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, will include a State of the Industry address from association CEO Cathy Burns.

The new IFPA aims to speak with a "more unified, authoritative voice" for players in the fresh produce and floral industries.

A "bridal wave" of pent-up demand for pandemic-postponed nuptials is coming, creating an opportunity for grocers in floral, catering, adult beverages and more.

With a wedding season that is expected to be unlike any other around the corner, the retailer has introduced a new online floral program featuring affordable, hand-cut flowers for the big day.

While the pandemic forced many to stay at home last year, it didn’t stop consumers from bringing the outside in with plants and floral arrangements.

Fresh produce grew 11.6% over last year, surpassing growth in shelf-stable products.

As back to school beckons, fresh produce sales are seeing a leveling off of about 10% above last year’s sales.

An additional 2.9 billion pounds of fresh produce have been sold in 2020.

The Produce Marketing Association said its members can use the newly created iTradeMarketplace virtual trading platform free for six months.

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