Finances & Deals


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    How grocers have leaned into loyalty

    Loyalty programs have grown in importance as grocers work to convey to customers that they are on their side — not inflation’s. Here are the most notable updates so far this year.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Maison Solutions buys Arizona grocer for $22M

    The acquisition of Lee Lee Oriental Supermart will add $70 million in annual revenue to Maison, effectively doubling its sales.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Ahold Delhaize and 4 other grocers establish venture capital fund

    W23 Global will invest $125 million over five years in small businesses that support in-store and online shopping experiences as well as sustainability initiatives.

    By April 8, 2024
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    Lower grocery comps reflect new challenges for an industry in transition

    Retailers are facing pressure to maintain sales volumes as the boosts they received from the pandemic and inflation fade, experts say.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Do Kroger and Albertsons need to revise their divestiture deal with C&S?

    The grocery giants may need to rethink their plan to offload assets as they look to appease regulators with their proposed mega-merger, analysts say.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Sprouts loyalty program looks to significantly boost first-party data collection

    Set to pilot this summer, the specialty grocer’s loyalty program will operate on a points-based system and offer better insights into shopper behavior.

    By March 21, 2024
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    Kroger to sell specialty pharmacy division

    The grocer is parting ways with the healthcare unit as it focuses its attention on overcoming regulatory opposition to its planned merger with Albertsons.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Kroger and Albertsons hit back at the FTC

    The regulatory agency has mischaracterized competition and labor dynamics in the grocery industry in seeking to block their merger, the grocers said in filings this week.

    By March 15, 2024
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    Dollar Tree will soon offer products that cost $7

    Price points for hundreds of goods will now range up to that amount as the retailer aims to reach higher-income shoppers.

    By March 13, 2024
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    Kroger reports improved profit line as it girds for battle with FTC

    The grocer is determined to overcome the government’s effort to stop its merger with Albertsons but sees room to grow even if it can't consummate the deal, its CEO said.

    By March 8, 2024
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    Target to launch paid membership program to rival Amazon Prime, Walmart+

    Target Circle 360 will cost $99 a year and comes as the retailer plans 300 new stores in the coming decade.

    By Nate Delesline III • March 5, 2024
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    The Friday Checkout: Could the Kroger-Albertsons saga become a political football?

    The chains are trying to merge as politicians and consumers connect the grocery industry with high prices. Can the retailers overcome the pressure?

    By Grocery Dive Staff • March 1, 2024
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    What’s next for Kroger and Albertsons as merger case moves on to court

    The grocers' ability to combine could come down to how a judge rules on the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction, antitrust experts said.

    By Feb. 29, 2024
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    Southeastern Grocers accepting supplemental health benefits with new partnership

    NationsBenefits members can now buy approved healthy groceries and over-the-counter medications at Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie locations.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Analysts weigh in on FTC’s suit to challenge Kroger-Albertsons deal

    The agency's detailed statement opposing the proposed merger has industry experts mulling over the C&S divestiture plan and its possible impacts on industry competition.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Pardon the Disruption: 4 thoughts on the FTC’s challenge to Kroger-Albertsons

    The agency strongly refuted claims the companies made around pricing, worker benefits and store divestitures, setting the stage for a pitched legal battle.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Iowa bill seeks to bring grocery options to underserved communities

    Introduced by a state representative who formerly owned a food store, the proposed legislation would provide grants of $50,000 to $500,000 to grocers with up to 10 locations.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    FTC files suit to stop Kroger-Albertsons merger

    Nine attorneys general have joined the federal court complaint, which claims that the deal would boost grocery prices and hurt workers.

    By , Updated Feb. 26, 2024
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    Walmart records grocery gains, improved e-commerce profitability in Q4

    The retailer’s U.S. comparable-store sales excluding fuel rose 4% as a softening in general merchandise sales partially offset strength in grocery and health and wellness.

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    Walmart buys Vizio for $2.3B as retail media race turns to streaming

    The deal helps Walmart catch up with Amazon and comes as its U.S. advertising unit grew revenue by 30% in fiscal 2024. 

    By Peter Adams • Feb. 20, 2024
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    The Friday Checkout: Is C&S Wholesale Grocers fit to run assets Kroger, Albertsons want to divest?

    The lawsuit brought by Colorado’s attorney general claims that the wholesaler and retailer doesn’t have the experience to run hundreds of stores and several more private brands.

    By Grocery Dive Staff • Feb. 16, 2024
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    Grocery Outlet snaps up discount grocery chain for $62M

    The purchase of 40 United Grocery Outlet stores and a distribution center will extend Grocery Outlet’s presence in the Southeast.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    HelloFresh to offer discounted meal kits to Cigna Healthcare members

    The tie-up aims to make HelloFresh meal kits available as “a healthcare benefit” as consumers turn to food retailers for health and wellness guidance. 

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Instacart reports strong Q4, highlights investments in customer incentives

    The company says it has overhauled its discount and promotion strategy to help reactivate existing users and attract new ones.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    Kroger promises to lower prices following merger with Albertsons

    This is the grocer’s latest pledge as it looks to ease public concerns regarding the pending deal.

    By Feb. 14, 2024