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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

Consumer Sentiment Slides on Inflation, Omicron Concerns

Forty percent of consumers with household income in the bottom third of all consumers said they're worse off financially than they were at the start of 2021.

Industry Partners

FMI, NGA Laud Supreme Court's Block of Vaccine Mandate

The ruling will "help ensure the food industry is able to continue meeting our customers’ needs as efficiently and effectively as possible amid the ongoing supply chain and labor disruptions," FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said.

Food suppliers' prices were up nearly 13% overall in 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Jan. 13, while December saw a small respite in pricing for beef, pork and produce.

Volume sales of fresh meat at retail slid 7% for all of 2021 as the average price per pound across the meat department was 14% higher in December than it was at the end of 2020.

First trialed last spring in the retailer's hometown of Bentonville, Ark., internet-connected boxes that can securely store temperature-sensitive grocery items on customers' front porch are now available for preorder.

Consumer prices were up 7% overall in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Jan. 12, as food-at-home prices over the year saw a huge surge over the 10-year grocery inflation average.

Grocery delivery gained steam in urban markets in December, and more online grocery buyers flocked to mass-merchandise stores.

Amazon.com retains its place atop the leaderboard on annual ranking for 2021, while newcomer Amazon Fresh takes the No. 5 spot.

Martin's Super Markets vet McClellan has led fresh merchandising for the Michigan-based retailer and distributor since 2021.

A sixth-generation family farmer shares what it was like having an audience with the President this month on the issue of supply-chain challenges and competition in the country's meat production industry.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in December, down 0.3 percentage points from November and edging closer to the 3.5% recorded in February 2020.

"Retailers can still control consumer behavior," CBRE's Karly Iacono says, predicting: "This is going to be the year of proactive retail rather than reactive retail."

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