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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

Dollar Tree Bumps Prices to $1.25 for Most Products

Dollar Tree will raise prices on most of its assortment from $1 to $1.25, following up on a move it previewed in September, the Chesapeake, Va.-based retailer said Tuesday.  The pricing announ...

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How Private Labels Can Own 2022

As inflation-weary consumers seek value-oriented options, private brands that boast compelling, consistent messaging can boost loyalty.

DroneUp, one of Walmart's partners on drone delivery, said its service is up and running at a Walmart store in Farmington, Ark., with two more stores set to debut drone delivery in the coming months.

For parents seeking fresh snacking choices for kids who have returned to their roster of pre-pandemic activities, new produce snack packs boast protein boosts and greater veggie variety.

Brandon Alexander, a grandson of field farmers and the co-founder of farm-tech company Iron Ox, on his mission to make produce production carbon-negative and "rebuild the whole damn system" using automation and AI.

The Consumer Brands Association reports that CPG demand in July and August beat the panic-buying levels seen at the start of the pandemic.

With consumers seeing fresh fruit prices up more than 10% since October 2020, "More than ever, it is important to make the case for the healthfulness of fresh produce in the diet," PMA's Joe Watson says.

Philadelphia's fourth Giant Heirloom Market will be among the new store openings capping off a year of growth for Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Co.

Traffic was—again—the key ingredient in Target's secret sauce for growth in the company's recently ended quarter, the Minneapolis-based retailer reported Wednesday.

Consumers all-too-familiar with the "prices up, inventories down" storyline look to Walmart for lower prices and bigger assortments, company executives say—and that's been a boon for grocery and other categories.

James Walker, who helped lead the rollout of ghost kitchens for hot-dog specialist Nathan's Famous, will oversee day-to-day operations for Buyk as the company's co-founders shift their focus to fundraising.

Walmart beat even optimistic sales expectations in a quarter where its massive scale and low-price-leader status helped it weather escalating inflation and supply-chain woes.

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