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1. Lunds, Byerly's combine to form new banner

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 28, 2015

Lund Food Holdings will combine its Lunds and Byerly's banners into one brand on Thursday, unveiling a re-bannered Lunds & Byerlys store in Minnesota. The unified logo will be added to all 27 stores in the Twin Cities market by the end of next month. Progressive Grocer (04/27)

2. Kroger plans $464M Ind. expansion

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 30, 2015

Kroger will invest $464.6 million in the central Indiana market over the next few years, adding 11 new stores and 16 new gas stations, remodeling or expanding 22 existing stores and building a regional training center in Indianapolis. The nine-county effort includes seven new Kroger Marketplace stores and will create 3,440 permanent jobs in the state, the company said Wednesday. ABC News (04/29) American City Business Journals (04/30)

3. Kroger buys Hiller's Markets stores in Detroit

FMI dailyLead® | May 04, 2015

Kroger is acquiring all seven Hiller's Markets stores in Detroit, with plans to re-banner six locations and close one, according to Kroger's Michigan division. Hiller's Markets is known throughout the region for its specialty and ethnic food offerings, and Kroger hopes to continue the retailer's "decades-long reputation of great customer service and outstanding selection," Kroger's Michigan Division President Jayne Homco said. Supermarket News (free registration) (05/01)

4. Kroger delves deeper into tech, restructures Dunnhumby relationship

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 28, 2015

Kroger will acquire assets of DunnhumbyUSA, and the companies will restructure their relationship to form a new technology-based business called 84.51°. The deal will lift restrictions on Dunnhumby conducting business with other U.S. retailers and allow Kroger to contract with other data analytics firms. "The ability to combine what we already know with other partners is exciting and will speed up innovation," Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen said. Supermarket News (free registration) (04/27) Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model), The (04/27)

5. Winn-Dixie app aims to personalize shopping

FMI dailyLead® | May 01, 2015

BI-LO-owned Winn-Dixie's mobile application allows shoppers to store and use personalized digital coupons, create a virtual list by scanning product bar codes with their mobile devices, access gas rewards, locate the nearest store and receive a targeted weekly circular. The My Winn-Dixie app also sends customers digital coupons, through a partnership with, based on their shopping preferences. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (04/29)

6. Wal-Mart shuffles some executive positions

FMI dailyLead® | May 04, 2015

Wal-Mart will promote Mike Moore from executive vice president of the Neighborhood Market division to executive vice president of the Supercenter division, with plans to replace him with Wal-Mart West Executive Vice President Julie Murphy, the retailer announced Friday. The moves, which are in addition to the departures of Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Realty Pam Kohn and Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart East Joaquin Gonzalez Varela, reflect changes in the retailer's operations. Drug Store News (05/01)

7. SpartanNash to acquire N.D. chain Dan's Supermarket

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 29, 2015

SpartanNash Company will acquire the six-store Dan's Supermarket chain in North Dakota in a deal that will allow the stores to remain under the Dan's banner. The sale comes as Dan's Supermarket Chairman Terrance Rockstad and CEO Dennis Bosch retire after more than 40 years with the company. Bismarck Tribune (N.D.), The (04/28)

8. Firm acquires Fiesta Mart, names former Bi-Lo exec as new CEO

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 30, 2015

Private investor Acon Investments has acquired Hispanic grocery retailer Fiesta Mart, and the new owners have appointed former Bi-Lo CEO Michael Byars to succeed Fiesta's retiring Chief Executive Louis Katopodis. The Houston-based 60-store chain, which will maintain its supply agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers after the sale, was operated by family owners prior to the acquisition. Supermarket News (free registration) (04/29)

9. How Amazon, Instacart became online grocery innovators

FMI dailyLead® | May 04, 2015

Online sales account for just 2% of the $500 billion food sales bring in, but companies such as Amazon and Instacart are changing the e-commerce grocery business with their innovative delivery models. AmazonFresh benefits from Amazon's strategic network of distribution centers, while Instacart uses personal shoppers to keep overhead costs at a minimum. National Retail Federation (05/01)

10. FMI voices support for changes to FDA menu-labeling rules

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 29, 2015

FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin stood with lawmakers on Tuesday to support proposed changes to the FDA's menu-labeling rules specific to the supermarket industry that would allow for a longer compliance timeline, focus on standardized items offered at a minimum of 20 locations, offer flexibility for nutrition displays and protect stores that do not have menus. "Grocery stores are fundamentally not restaurants, and the vast majority of our stores do not have menus or menu boards for most products," said Sarasin, who added that grocers already provide nutritional information based on another set of regulations. Supermarket News (free registration) (04/28)

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