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1. Meijer continues Wisc. expansion with mall purchase

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Meijer has purchased a 367,000-square-foot mall in Wisconsin, which the retailer plans to anchor with a new store in the future. The $10.75 million mall is part of a $750 million investment in the state, where Meijer plans to open four new stores this summer and three in 2016. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (03/20)

2. Fresh & Easy transitions to fresh food convenience model

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 24, 2015

Fresh & Easy will close about 50 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada as part of an effort to transition its business model to focus on fresh food convenience stores under parent The Yucaipa Cos., which acquired the chain in 2013. The retailer is also testing a click-and-collect service in Las Vegas with the goal of rolling it out to more stores. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (03/23)

3. Online, hard-discount poised to disrupt mainstream grocery

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Two niche formats in the grocery industry, online and hard-discount, are poised for mainstream expansion, which could disrupt the grocery industry and force traditional supermarkets to adapt by employing efforts such as lowering meat prices and experimenting with new store concepts, North American Retail and Consumer Goods Practice Co-Leader Joel Rampoldt writes. Progressive Grocer (03/20)

4. Kraft, Heinz agree to merge

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 25, 2015

Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz will merge through a deal that could reach more than $40 billion. The merger, which will be backed by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, would form the Kraft Heinz Co., which would make about $28 billion in revenue and stand as the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/25) Bloomberg (03/25) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/25)

5. Report: Grocers strive to become wellness destinations

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 20, 2015

About 62% of grocery chains group healthy foods together to drive sales, compared with 35% in 2013, and more than three-quarters put healthy alternatives next to traditional products on shelves, marking a significant trend among grocers to establish themselves as wellness destinations, according to FMI's Food Retailer Contributions to Health and Wellness report. The report also found that retailers are featuring products that contain buzz words like gluten-free and organic on store shelves and that most employ health and wellness programs such as cooking demonstrations. FoodNavigator (03/19)

6. Haggen adopts new slogan with expansion into new markets

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 25, 2015

Haggen has adopted a new slogan that the retailer is featuring in a price-oriented mailer meant to introduce the chain to shoppers in new markets where Haggen is in the process of transitioning stores the company acquired following the Safeway-Albertsons merger. The slogan, "Hello Haggen. Goodbye Hassle," and the mailer describe the stores as one-stop shops for essentials, organics, locally-sourced items and favorite brands at affordable prices. Supermarket News (free registration) (03/24)

7. Wal-Mart announces domestic-sourcing event

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Wal-Mart plans to host a two-day domestic sourcing event in July, the retailer said Thursday. The event is part of Wal-Mart's decade-long, $250 billion commitment to improving its U.S. sourcing by 2023, which also includes purchasing more products from its existing domestic suppliers, discovering new products from U.S. suppliers and re-shoring select production to the U.S. (03/19)

8. Whole Foods expands health-focused trolley program

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Whole Foods Market will expand the services of its My Street Grocery mobile food trolley to three more areas in Portland, Ore., and operate five days a week in the spring, the company said Friday. The trolley, which is part of a partnership between the retailer and health care and social service providers that aims to increase access to healthy foods, features produce, dairy, meats, pantry items and frozen foods, some of which are sourced from local suppliers. Supermarket News (free registration) (03/20)

9. Wal-Mart restructures U.S. grocery leadership

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Supermarket News (free registration) (03/16)

10. ALDI continues Minn. expansion with new Rochester store

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 25, 2015

ALDI will open a new 17,000-square-foot store and reopen a newly-renovated one in Rochester, Minn., doubling its footprint in the market. The stores will feature expanded product selections, including the discount retailer's liveGfree gluten-free products, and will accept payments via credit card. Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model), The (03/24)

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