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1. FTC approves Albertsons, Safeway merger with 168-store divestiture

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 28, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the merger of Albertsons and Safeway, following the chains' divestiture of 168 stores in eight states, the FTC said Tuesday. The more-than $9 billion deal, which is expected to close over the next week, will see the stores sold to Haggen Holdings, SUPERVALU, Associated Wholesale Grocers and Associated Food Stores in 130 markets where Albertsons and Safeway directly compete. Supermarket News (free registration) (01/27) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/27) Reuters (01/27)

2. Publix CEO: Retail is "well-positioned" for exciting 2015

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 26, 2015

Food retailers will experience many exciting and challenging ventures this year, including the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, continued competition in various markets and innovation in merchandising and store design, Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference this week. The industry is also "well-positioned" to embrace change and adapt to consumer demand for health and wellness products, he said. Progressive Grocer (01/25)

3. Retailers must change with consumer needs, Publix CEO says

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 27, 2015

Retailers must be prepared to meet the rapidly changing needs of consumers across shopping channels if they want to attract and retain shoppers, Publix Super Markets CEO Ed Crenshaw said at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. "Our consumers can use their power to be our strongest advocates," he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (01/26)

4. Experts: Winn-Dixie acquisition could bring Kroger to Fla.

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 26, 2015

Speculation is growing among industry experts that Kroger might look to acquire Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie as a way to break into the Florida market. The rumors are driven by Kroger's financial position and a corporate announcement that the company has targeted an unidentified new geographic area for expansion. However, the grocer would face stiff competition in Florida from Wal-Mart and Publix Super Markets, Robert Trigaux writes. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (01/19)

5. Can Whole Foods adapt while staying true to itself?

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 30, 2015

Whole Foods is embracing strategies long employed by conventional grocery retailers, including loyalty programs and national advertising campaigns. That could help expand the company's reach but might also give smaller rivals space to compete for consumers seeking sustainable, responsibly grown produce. "They're becoming more and more like a traditional grocer. They aren't at the forefront of food consciousness in the way they were four or five years ago," argues Rob Spiro, an entrepreneur in organic food delivery. Bloomberg (01/29)

6. Former Kroger CEO: How competition is changing in food retail

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 27, 2015

Food retailers will have to continue working with the fragmentation of the industry this year, as shoppers buy more food outside of traditional supermarkets, former Kroger chairman David Dillon said at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. "Because of that, we need to look at competition much more broadly than simply the person down the road that I thought of as my traditional competitor," he said. Dillon also talked about continuing consumer trends favoring healthy and prepared foods and receiving this year's Sidney R. Rabb Award. Progressive Grocer (01/25)

7. Retailers should distribute experiences, not products, expert says

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 28, 2015

Retailers should shift their focus from product distribution to experience distribution, author Doug Stephens said at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. The industry should start measuring in-store experience rather than traditional metrics and face technology-based competition by being creative, he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (01/26)

8. H-E-B reportedly considers smaller format

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 26, 2015

Supermarket News (free registration) (01/23)

9. Meijer to open 1st Wis. stores this year

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 29, 2015

Meijer will enter Wisconsin this year and open four stores in the Milwaukee market in the summer. The new stores, which are currently under construction, will add to the retailer's existing portfolio of 213 stores across Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Supermarket News (free registration) (01/28)

10. Making connections is key to attracting millennials, experts say

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 27, 2015

Millennials look to make authentic connections with retailers and brands through efforts involving social media, learning about food and reaching out to local communities, according to a panel of experts from New Albertsons, Unified Grocers and Clorox at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. "It's not about selling products, but connecting with people on what matters to them," Clorox CEO Benno Dorer said. Supermarket News (free registration) (01/26)

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