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October 19, 2018
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Walmart readies high-tech warehouse in Calif.
Walmart readies high-tech warehouse in Calif.
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Walmart will build a high-tech grocery warehouse in California that will move products 40% faster than its existing facilities, the company said. The warehouse, set to open in 2020, will use robots to improve both speed and efficiency.
Transport Topics (10/18) 
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Sam's Club stores to offer Instacart delivery
Sam's Club stores to offer Instacart delivery
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Walmart-owned Sam's Club will offer online shopping and delivery via Instacart from half its US stores by the end of October, the companies said. The deal, which represents an expansion of Walmart's partnership with Instacart, will also allow nonmembers to shop online at Sam's Club.
TechCrunch (10/18) 
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Stockholders in SUPERVALU approve UNFI merger
Stockholders in SUPERVALU have voted to approve the announced merger of the company with United Natural Foods in Providence, R.I. The transaction, announced in July, should be completed Oct. 22.
Progressive Grocer (10/18) 
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C-Store Insights That Drive Sales
As the c-store industry continues to grow, CPG brands need insights to drive sales. From evaluating sales to measuring how to pair products, Koupon is uncovering important trends that will help CPG marketers improve how they engage c-store consumers in the years to come. Download the C-Store Insights Report.
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Dallas-Fort Worth market emerging as grocer test lab
Dallas-Fort Worth market emerging as grocer test lab
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Grocers are using Dallas-Fort Worth and other Texas markets to test their home delivery options in a region with high competition but more reasonable costs. Market heavyweights Walmart and Kroger are among those setting up innovation labs in the region.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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JD.com to debut online sales in the US via Google
JD.com will create a US online store on the shopping platforms of Google, which invested $550 million in the Chinese e-commerce company this year. JD.com sells its goods in the US through Walmart, which is a key investor.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Tales of CPG brands resonated with food readers this week
Tales of CPG brands resonated with food readers this week
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Mars' third-place ranking on Fortune's top workplace list proved most popular with readers this week. CPG brands populated most of the Top 10 list, including a story about J.M. Smucker's brand-building strategy and Unilever's new line of probiotic ice cream.
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Supplier News
Coca-Cola names 3 to C-suite
Coca-Cola names 3 to C-suite
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Coca-Cola has named Brian Smith its next president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, and Nancy Quan will serve as the company's chief technical officer. John Murphy has been tapped as Coca-Cola's new chief financial officer, replacing company veteran Kathy Waller, who is retiring.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (10/18),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/18),  CNBC (10/18) 
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Kellogg, GLAAD partner to launch All Together cereal
Kellogg, GLAAD partner to launch All Together cereal
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Kellogg partnered with GLAAD to launch All Together cereal, featuring Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes and Frosted Mini Wheats in the same box. The limited-edition product was sold Thursday at the Kellogg Cafe in New York in honor of #SpiritDay, an effort to stop bullying of LGBTQ youth, with proceeds going to GLAAD.
Bustle (10/18) 
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Government Affairs
Walmart's Yiannas taking on new role at FDA
Walmart executive Frank Yiannas will move to the Food and Drug Administration in November to take on the newly created position of deputy commissioner for food policy and response. Yiannas will be in charge of creating the new office of food safety as the agency undergoes a reorganization.
Politico (10/18) 
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FMI Spotlight
Celebrating outstanding Family Meals programs: Gold Plate Awards
September 2018 was the best National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) yet! In the fourth year of the campaign, NFMM far exceeded expectations in the level of participation of the food retail industry. We're still hearing examples and accounts of Family Meals activities, but it's safe to say that our partners reached more consumers in new and original ways than ever before. One creative method featured state-wide proclamations. Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin all proclaimed September to be Family Meals Month. In addition, more and more kinds of groups are getting involved each year, including food associations, food and nutrition bloggers, and state departments of health. Groups even team up to amplify their messaging to their respective audiences. For example, American Heart Association (AHA)'s Healthy for Good teamed up with Coborn's to support NFMM. They collaborated on a pilot program to deliver heart healthy recipes and meal plans in-store to support consumers in enjoying simple, nourishing meals at home. Read more.
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The Transparency Imperative: The foundation of trust and loyalty
"Transparency is an imperative for growing consumer trust and loyalty." These wise words are offered by FMI's Doug Baker, vice president, industry relations, in assessing The Transparency Imperative research study released in September by FMI, with support from Label Insight. This research looks at product labeling and transparency from the consumer perspective and why brand owners should care. Here are some key questions that this research addresses. Read more.
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