Biography

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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Christine LaFave Grace

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Nonfood

The Color of Personal Care: Diversity in Health and Beauty Aisles

The COVID-19 pandemic made the lack of representation on store shelves of health and beauty products created for diverse consumers all the more apparent—and added new urgency for retailers to address the issue.

Retailers

Grocery Store Sales Accelerated in September

Grocers didn't see the year-over-year gains that restaurants did, unsurprisingly, but they edged out restaurants in month-to-month gains.

On-the-spot interviews will be conducted at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores and distribution centers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time on Oct. 20.

Walmart partnered with Dunnhumby, which helped build Kroger's 84.51° data and media company, to create the Walmart Luminate suite of shopper-insights products.

Beef prices rose again, though not by as much as in August, while eggs and vegetables saw the largest wholesale price increases within foods in September.

Consumers made fewer purchases from the meat department and spent less when they did buy so far in 2021, market researcher IRI reported.

Consumers are paying significantly more for their center-plate proteins than they were a year ago.

As retailers detail the steps they're taking to meet holiday demand, the not-so-subtle message is: Shop early.

Food and beverage retailers lost 12,300 jobs for the month as the U.S. economy added a weaker-than-hoped-for 194,000 jobs overall.

Noting racial and ethnic disparities in breast-cancer death rates, St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets announced it will give $50 Schnucks gift cards to mammogram recipients in select ZIP codes.

Hourly store employees as well as supply-chain workers will get an extra $2 an hour on select days this holiday season, the Minneapolis-based retailer announced.

Expanded selection—with an emphasis on variety of brands and products to serve a diverse local customer base—is the name of the game at a massive new Woodman's store that opened in Bloomingdale, Ill., inside a former Macy's.

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