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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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Fresh Food

Sweet Start to Summer for Fruit Sales

Bigger at-home gatherings—and higher prices—helped propel fresh fruit to beat out its dollar sales in May vs. the tough-to-beat year-ago period.

Retailers

Walmart Invests in DroneUp as It Seeks to Scale Up Drone Delivery

After partnering with DroneUp on delivery of at-home COVID-19 test kits, Walmart is investing in the Virginia Beach, Va.-based drone services provider.

The retailer is offering a digital COVID-19 vaccine record for all individuals who were vaccinated at a Walmart or Sam's Club pharmacy or at a Walmart-run vaccination event.

Prices for grains, beef and veal, and oilseeds climbed in May as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the biggest year-over-year gain in producer prices since November 2010.

The St. Louis-based retailer said it will work with the store's 57 team members to place them in nearby locations at the same rate of pay after the store closes on June 27.

With costs going up across the board, retailers have no choice but to get over any fear they may have of passing along price increases to consumers, Krasdale Foods President Gus Lebiak says.

Retail beef prices jumped by the most since last June as meat, poultry, fish and eggs led price hikes at the grocery store in May, according to the latest monthly consumer price index report.

"The way we're thinking about capital and putting capital toward omni-fulfillment, omni-technology, that's where we're going as a company, and I feel really good about it," CFO Brett Biggs says at Baird conference.

EVP Lori Raya informed SpartanNash on June 3 of her intent to resign, according to an SEC filing, which notes that Raya is working with the company to ensure an orderly transition.

The protein producer is setting a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally by 2050 and 50% renewable energy use in the U.S. by 2030.

A new task force led by the secretaries of agriculture, transportation and commerce will look to boost resilience for U.S. supply chains, including those in agriculture and food production.

Walmart's new prescription savings program, available exclusively to Walmart+ members, promises access to select commonly prescribed medications at zero cost.

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