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1. Report: Grocers rank highest in customer experience

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 04, 2015

Publix Super Markets, ALDI and H-E-B took the top three spots in the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings. The annual survey asks 10,000 consumers to rate about 300 companies in 20 industries based on customer experience. American City Business Journals (03/03)

2. Sources: Target takes aim at millennial grocery buyers

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 03, 2015

Target has identified seven grocery categories to revamp in an effort to win over millennials, city dwellers and Hispanic consumers, sources said. Shelves will boast fewer packaged and processed products and feature more Greek yogurt, granola and craft beer, among other items. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/02)

3. Whole Foods sees results from national ads, loyalty pilot

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 03, 2015

A national ad campaign launched last year has increased traffic at Whole Foods Markets, and a pilot loyalty program has proven to increase sales, the retailer said at its first-ever analyst day. The specialty grocer operates 412 stores and aims to eventually have 1,200 in the U.S. MediaPost Communications (03/02)

4. Food sales will fuel Target's future growth, CEO says

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 26, 2015

Food sales are key to keeping Target shoppers coming back more often, and the retailer is working to continue upgrading its food selection with more organic, natural and gluten-free products, CEO Brian Cornell said. "[F]ood is going to play a very important role and complement our other signature categories to make sure we drive traffic to our stores and to our website," he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (02/25)

5. Costco to replace Amex with Visa next year

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 03, 2015

Costco Wholesale will switch from American Express to the Visa credit card network next year, and Citigroup will become the issuer of the warehouse retailer's co-branded credit cards, the company said. The deals, which hinge on Citi's purchase of Costco's co-branded card portfolio, are set to take effect in April 2016. Seattle Times, The (03/02)

6. Giant Eagle to discontinue Good Cents Grocery + More

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 27, 2015

Giant Eagle plans to close all eight stores in its Good Cents Grocery + More discount chain on March 26, due to "numerous business and economic factors," said Dan Donovan, the company's spokesman. The company is seeking new positions for the employees who will be displaced by the closures. American City Business Journals (02/25)

7. Photos leaked of Cotton Candy Oreos

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 27, 2015

Photos leaked online depict packaging of Cotton Candy Oreo samples, indicating that the sandwich cookie brand is planning to follow its release of Red Velvet Oreos with more special flavors. Rumors also persist about a s'mores Oreo product that will feature a graham cracker cookie. Verge, The (02/25)

8. Kroger may be expanding to Hawaiian market

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 02, 2015

Kroger registered as a new business with the state of Hawaii early last month, a move that could indicate the Cincinnati-based company is preparing for an expansion into the island market. The supermarket landscape in Hawaii, however, is dominated by 21 Safeway stores and rents up to four times higher than the mainland, with smaller profit margins, says Sofos Realty President Steve Sofos. American City Business Journals (02/27)

9. How grocers can boost business by following new meat trends

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 27, 2015

Grocers can harness new meat trends and shifting consumer habits by offering a diverse variety of fresh local options, increasing the selection of prepared foods, creating a bold in-person shopping experience and engaging customers via food trucks, home delivery or store pickup, said Ebeltoft USA/McMillanDoolittle Senior Partner Neil Stern at the 2015 Annual Meat Conference on Tuesday. Progressive Grocer (02/26)

10. Wal-Mart unveils online shop for sustainable products

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 26, 2015

Wal-Mart launched a Sustainability Leaders online shop Tuesday that helps consumers find and purchase socially-responsible and environmentally-friendly items using information from the retailer's Sustainability Index. The move marks the first time information from the index has been made available to the public since it was launched for Wal-Mart and its suppliers in 2009. Environmental Leader (02/25)

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