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1. Target is shifting promotional focus from processed to fresh

FMI dailyLead® | May 18, 2015

Target is planning to prioritize fresh foods over packaged products, and the company has reportedly informed General Mills, Campbell Soup, Kellogg and others that their goods will receive less in-store promotion. "Target's verdict was a surprise blow to suppliers, which had spent much of the past decade helping the company build a grocery business," Paul Ziobro writes. Reuters (05/17) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/17)

2. How Whole Foods navigates the competitive grocery market

FMI dailyLead® | May 18, 2015

Whole Foods' new venture into a more affordable, millennial-focused store format is part of a bigger strategy, as the retailer navigates an increasingly competitive market that includes European discount retailers ALDI and Lidl increasing their presence in the U.S. and Wal-Mart and other such retailers expanding their organic offerings, SupermarketGuru's Phil Lempert writes. Forbes (05/15)

3. What does the future hold for grocery stores?

FMI dailyLead® | May 15, 2015

In the future, grocery stores will be smaller, offer shoppers more of an experience, include dining options, feature digital signage and price tags and offer a wider range of delivery and pick-up options, a panel of experts said Tuesday. "It seems like change is happening faster and more powerfully than ever before...We have to be flexible and facile enough to move with the changes," FMI Senior Vice President Michael Sansolo said. The Oregonian (Portland) (05/14)

4. Kroger to heat up Houston grocery wars with $500M investment

FMI dailyLead® | May 20, 2015

Houston's grocery market is a crowded one that includes players such as H-E-B, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods, and Kroger has plans to invest more than $500 million in the market by adding a dozen new stores there and remodeling more than 30 over the next few years, according to Kroger's Southwest Division President Bill Breetz. "The good news is the local economy is very strong and over the last couple of years, there's been a tremendous amount of job growth," he said. American City Business Journals (05/19)

5. Whole Foods responds to increasing organic competition

FMI dailyLead® | May 15, 2015

Whole Foods Market is turning to new strategies as its growth slows and mainstream retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Publix offer more organic and specialty food options. Whole Foods announced plans to open a new value and tech-focused format targeting young consumers, and the retailer has also cut prices and launched a national ad campaign. Bloomberg (05/14) American City Business Journals (05/14)

6. Bi-Lo Holdings rebrands company as Southeastern Grocers

FMI dailyLead® | May 19, 2015

Bi-Lo Holdings changed its name to Southeastern Grocers on Monday, making the official switch after it used the Southeastern Grocers name in a 2013 IPO filing, which the company later withdrew. The name change will not affect the names of the retailer's supermarket banners that include Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo and Harveys. Progressive Grocer (05/18) American City Business Journals (05/18) The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (05/18)

7. Target aims upscale to continue growth

FMI dailyLead® | May 21, 2015

Key categories such as wellness, baby and apparel drove strong earnings for Target in the first quarter, and the retailer will continue to focus on those categories while testing new strategies in its food departments this year, Target's Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan said Wednesday. Through next year, Target plans to promote its organic and natural food items while reducing shelf space and promotion of processed foods, an effort that is part of a bigger strategy by the retailer to move further upscale to drive growth. CNBC (05/20) Fortune (05/20)

8. Safeway: Recent decisions on store closings made on a local basis

FMI dailyLead® | May 20, 2015

Supermarket News (free registration) (05/19)

9. FMI unveils Store Manager Award finalists, adds social media component

FMI dailyLead® | May 19, 2015

FMI has announced the 10 finalists for the 2015 Store Manager Awards, which recognize store managers that achieve sales growth, provide top-quality customer service, promote company goals and get involved in their communities. FMI has also added a "People's Pick" social media category this year, which will award the store manager that receives the most "likes" on FMI's Facebook page by Friday. Progressive Grocer (05/18)

10. Report: Supermarket sales up 15% in 5 years

FMI dailyLead® | May 19, 2015

Grocery store sales, excluding convenience stores, outpaced overall retail sales by nearly double between 2007 and 2012, reaching 15.2% growth compared to the 7.8% growth reported by the retail sector as a whole, according to a government report. Warehouse clubs and supercenters saw even more growth, with sales jumping 25.1% during the five-year period, the report found. Supermarket News (free registration) (05/18)

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