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Market Basket climbs to top spot in dunnhumby's latest retailer preference Index

The special edition of the Retailer Preference Index focused on consumers’ reaction to rising grocery prices.

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Dispatch from Day 1 of GroceryShop: Grocery at a crossroads

“Consumers are shifting priorities faster than we’ve ever seen in the industry,” one food retail expert said Monday during the first day of the industry event in Las Vegas.

The Midwest grocer will host an upcoming general merchandise and apparel supplier event this fall as it seeks submissions from underrepresented business owners.

The new savings initiative will allow customers to take advantage of sale prices on both national and private label brands for a longer time period.

Whether to offer cashier-staffed lanes, self-scanners or a mix of both is an ongoing question for retailers. Some grocers, though, have no interest in the labor-saving technology.

Organic and specialty foods distributor United Natural Foods Inc. hailed it as a win not only for organic farmers, but for consumers as well.

“Our carefully designed XMarket concept brings the vegan lifestyle directly to consumers in Chicago to taste, explore, and understand the plant-based lifestyle,” CEO Lorne Rapkin said.

Grocer survey credits independent grocers’ knowledge of the marketplace for second-best fiscal year results.

The Speedway integration leads to operational, field, support staff consolidation, the retailer confirms.

The USDA said it also hopes the expansion will give SNAP participants more choice, better serve rural communities and meet cultural food preferences.

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