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1. 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)

2. 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)

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. 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)

6. Family Dollar chooses Dollar Tree over Dollar General

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 23, 2015

Family Dollar Stores shareholders approved a more than $8 billion merger deal with Dollar Tree, rejecting a rival bid from Dollar General that exceeded $9 billion and putting an end to six-month bidding war. The merger will create a company with more than 13,000 North American locations and annual sales of more than $18 billion. The deal must still be approved by the Federal Trade Commission. Bloomberg (01/22) Reuters (01/22)

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. 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)

10. How will the Family Dollar, Dollar Tree deal affect market share?

FMI dailyLead® | Jan 26, 2015

The merger of Dollar Tree and Family Dollar could increase competition in the grocery sector as the combined company continues to add food items to its shelves, according to Dellmart & Co. Principal W. Frank Dell II. Currently, the market share for eat-at-home food sales at traditional grocery stores is 50%, but that could decrease to 35% in a more competitive market, said Dell, who added that one exception to that could be Publix Super Markets, which has the potential hold its share of the market. American City Business Journals (01/22)

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