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1. ALDI maps aggressive expansion plans for Texas, U.S.

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2015

Germany-based discount supermarket chain ALDI has opened 89 stores in Texas since entering the state in 2010, and it sees the potential to grow to 450. The chain, whose stores are smaller than typical supermarkets and feature mainly private-label products, plans to have about 2,000 U.S. stores by 2018. Dallas Morning News (free content), The (02/24)

2. Target to double its organic, natural product program

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2015

Target's Made to Matter program will double the number of natural, sustainable and organic products to more than 200 in its second year, through exclusive deals with 31 brands. The program features products ranging from new Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors to fair-trade soccer balls, all of which will be sold exclusively at Target for six months. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (02/20)

3. Albertsons operating chief to retire after 4 decades with retailer

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2015

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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. 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)

6. How Hannaford measures up with sustainability

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 25, 2015

The sustainability practices employed by Hannaford Supermarkets has saved the grocer $15 million annually, diverted 125 million pounds of waste from landfills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 430 million pounds, according to a study by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Manomet awarded 179 of the grocer's 184 stores with its Grocery Stewardship Certification last year, while the five remaining stores received provisional certifications, the study found. Progressive Grocer (02/23)

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. 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)

9. 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)

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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