Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

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Heather Lalley

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Stores

H-E-B to open its 1st multi-level store in Austin in February

The 97,000-square-foot supermarket at Lake Austin will feature a two-story porch with lake views, with a focus on becoming a community gathering place.

Inflation

Inflation appears to be cooling, but grocery prices remain high

Food-at-home prices rose 12% year-over-year in November, according to Consumer Price Index data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fresh produce, cereals, bakery products and dairy saw some of the biggest increases.

The Target-owned platform, which delivers from 200 retailers, said produce accounted for all of its Top 10 most-delivered products. Shipt’s growth has slowed, though, since the pandemic’s early days.

The deal is evidence of further consolidation in the rapid grocery delivery space, which has seen many players disappear following intense investor interest last year.

Food retailers learned some new words this year, while some old terms took on renewed importance.

The meal kit delivery service, whose stock price has plummeted nearly 94% this year, said the job cuts are part of its plan to slash $50 million in expenses in 2023.

Gmelich comes to the 380-unit grocer after a long career in restaurant marketing.

Grocery store bakery unit sales are almost back to 2019 levels and dollar sales are up more than 20%, according to a new, first-of-its-kind report from FMI-The Food Industry Association.

The discounter added Ariel dela Cruz as VP of store operations, Tim Jagneaux as VP of construction and Megan Kokoska as VP of digital engagement. The company plans to open more than 1,000 new stores next year.

Doug McMillon, CEO of the nation’s largest retailer, told CNBC Tuesday that the company is seeing a significant rise in shoplifting, echoing similar comments made by Target last month.

The grocer has agreed to pay more than $55,000 to 95 employees who worked overtime without hazard pay, according to the city’s Office of Labor Standards. Meanwhile, the Trader Joe’s United union completed another bargaining session with the grocer.

For the first time, the same-day delivery platform will now haul fresh Christmas trees, and artificial ones, too, from grocery stores and other retailers.

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