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Christine LaFave Grace

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Christine LaFave Grace covers Walmart, Target and other Midwestern grocery retailers as editor at Winsight Grocery Business. Her 15+ years of experience in B2B publishing includes five years spent as managing editor of Putman Media’s Plant Services magazine. At Putman Media, she co-founded the Influential Women in Manufacturing program and the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce podcast. As a B2B editor and reporter, LaFave Grace has covered the manufacturing/industrial production, healthcare and foodservice industries; she also spent two years covering the fast-casual restaurant industry and the U.K. and Canadian foodservice markets for Winsight-owned Technomic. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington and lives in Wheaton, IL, with her family.

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Retailers

SpartanNash Seeks to Temper Expectations for 2021

Smart investments in talent, tech and operational efficiencies will help offset expected moderation in sales, CEO Tony Sarsam says.

Adult Beverages

Q&A: Walmart Craft-Beer Buyer Adrienne Freeman on Beer, Bridge-Building

"I see it as my responsibility as a decision-maker to cater to the needs that I can see and amplify products from diverse suppliers that can fill those unique gaps for our customers," Freeman says.

The Consumer Brands Association and a supply-chain trade group are calling for a national Office of Supply Chain as the president is expected sign an executive order calling for review of critical supply chains.

Black workers account for only 7% of private-sector managers, the McKinsey & Co. report notes, and nearly three-quarters of Black retail workers make less than $30,000 a year.

Former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb is a backer of the Chicago-based concept, which announced the close of a $42 million investment round.

Consumers eating and preparing more foods at home sought flexible meal and snack options, and the frozen aisle was ready to open its doors, AFFI's and FMI's new "Power of Frozen 2021" report indicates.

For an "emboldened" Walmart, now is the time to accelerate key investments, CEO Doug McMillon says in a presentation.

Quarterly revenue jumped by 8.6% while the retailer said it would accelerate investments in key areas, including automation and fulfillment centers.

Packaged salads were No. 1 in terms of overall sales, while organic spices and herbs saw the greatest dollar growth in the category.

Rick Gomez, who joined the Minneapolis-based retailer in 2013, is named EVP and chief food and beverage officer, replacing the departing Stephanie Lundquist.

Ankur Shah becomes finance and strategy chief at the growing online grocer, which operates in nine states and Washington, D.C.

Target will provide up to four hours of pay for workers who get the vaccine and free Lyft rides to vaccination sites.

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