Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

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Heather Lalley

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H-E-B unwraps Burnet store after year-long renovation

The supermarket, about 50 miles northwest of Austin, Texas, has been open since 1976 and now features a number of new and expanded departments.

Fresh Food

Produce industry wrestles with sustainable packaging solutions

Eco-friendly packaging was a hot topic at the recent Global Produce & Floral Show, but nobody seems to have found the plastic-killer just yet.

Value, a creative mix of national and store brands, innovative candies and, this year, a saucy ghoul named Lewis are driving the retailer’s spooky season traffic, Rick Gomez, Target’s chief food and beverage officer, told WGB.

The specialty grocer’s Lakewood Ranch outpost is scheduled to open on Thursday.

For the next six months, Roberts will work alongside Andy Knoblauch, a veteran of the Minnesota grocer, who plans to retire on March 1.

In her state of the industry report at the Global Produce & Floral Show, International Fresh Produce Association CEO Cathy Burns said the business of fruits, vegetables and flowers “could be better” but there is much opportunity.

With grocery price inflation moderating, retailers are offering significant discounts on the traditional holiday meal.

It’s the retail giant’s third of five planned “next-generation” facilities that combine machine learning with skilled workers to process digital orders more efficiently.

The retail giant is working with General Mills to boost regenerative agriculture and also renewed its partnership with Denali for food waste recycling.

COO John Mulligan has been with the retailer since 1996; Chief External Engagement Officer Laysha Ward spent more than two decades leading corporate responsibility and the Target Foundation.

The pharmacy chain, which also named turnaround expert Jeffrey Stein as its new CEO, said it had secured $3.45 billion in new financing to keep it operating during the Chapter 11 process.

The specialty grocer is building the infrastructure for national expansion as it looks to achieve 10% annual unit growth starting next year.

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