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September 19, 2019
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H-E-B prepares for construction projects in Houston
H-E-B prepares for construction projects in Houston
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H.E. Butt Grocery has been approved for a $12.5 million construction project at its Houston distribution center and a $3.5 million remodel and HVAC upgrade for a nearby supermarket. The company is also expected to complete a 64,000-square-foot snack manufacturing plant in the city later this year.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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Amazon allows shoppers without credit cards to pay online
Amazon allows shoppers without credit cards to pay online
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Amazon has introduced a new checkout option that lets online customers without bank or credit cards pay for purchases. Amazon PayCode provides shoppers with a QR code that they can take to a Western Union location for payment.
Progressive Grocer (9/18) 
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Walmart, Capital One partner on cash-back credit cards
Walmart has teamed with Capital One to launch two new credit cards that will offer users up to 5% cash back on purchases. The Walmart Rewards Card is a private-label card that can only be used at Walmart, while the branded Mastercard will be usable everywhere.
USA Today (9/18) 
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Connecting the digital + physical worlds in retail
While the recent surge in digital interactions will remain, consumers now crave in-person interaction – which makes connecting the two more important than ever for retailers. This on-demand webinar explores the implications of the Covid-19 digital surge for retailers and how reimagining retail digital transformation can augment human interactions. Watch now
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National Family Meals Month
Plant-based, fresh foods present opportunity for Family Meals Month
Vegetable proteins like beans, chickpeas, seeds and nuts occasionally make it to the dinner table for 73% of shoppers, according to FMI's 2019 Power of Produce report, and provide an opportunity for grocers to help families eat more plant-based and fresh foods. "Combine the timing of more structured family meals with interest in plant-based eating and you have a veritable bounty of ways to generate interest and sales of produce this fall," FMI's Rick Stein writes.
The Produce News (9/13) 
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The New Holiday Retail Planning Guide
With new tips and strategies from leading industry experts, data-rich insights, and a finger on the pulse of changing consumer behaviors, this guide has everything you need to plan for the holiday 2021 shopping season. Get the guide
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Trend-Spotter
Easier data gathering supports retailer personalization efforts
Using customer data to create personalized in-store experiences and rewards programs can set retailers apart from the competition, Abby Kleckler writes. Personalization is the foundation of the Giant Choice Rewards program, which is currently being developed and will allow customers to choose between gas, groceries and charitable giving when redeeming their rewards.
Progressive Grocer (9/17) 
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Survey: Gen Zers see benefits from in-store shopping
About 81% of shoppers age 14-to-24 prefer shopping in stores, and 73% say they enjoy discovering new things during shopping trips, according to a survey from A.T. Kearney. Nearly 60% of Gen Z respondents said the in-store shopping experience provides a break from the digital world, with positive mental health effects.
CNBC (9/17) 
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Krystina Murawski has taken her love of peanut butter to the next level. She made 100+ versions of PB before launching her Noomi brand, which was recently awarded with a sofi. Noomi is about inspiring people to pursue their passions and find their "new me," she says. Read the full article here.

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    Kroger brings Apeel avocados, asparagus, limes into stores
    Longer-lasting avocados from Apeel are entering more than 1,100 Kroger stores across the US. The retailer will also pilot Apeel asparagus and limes in Cincinnati this fall.
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    The 2-year process behind Lay's redesign
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    Lay's is rolling out a branding redesign of its potato chip bags next week, which has been in the works for two years with the company testing designs with a "tribe" of consumers, Robert Klara writes. He explores the process of the redesign, outlines its most important elements using graphics and Lay's Senior Director of Design, Jon Guerra, says, "It was very important to make sure that our brand architecture told a story [that] was very simple."
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    Conagra brands unveil Veggie Shreds, several other products
    New products from Conagra brands include a plant-based line of Pressed Oil Spreads from Earth Balance and Angus Beef varieties of Wolf Brand Chili. Other roll-outs include a limited-edition Pumpkin Spice Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa and Birds Eye Veggie Shreds, featuring shredded-vegetable combinations, such as white cabbage and carrots.
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    Webinar -- Artificial Intelligence: Recharging Your Business
    Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It is being applied for different reasons, in all types of industries with varying results. For CPG, AI is essential to address the challenges you are currently facing from your new and existing competitors. Join our webinar on Sept. 24 to learn: What AI is and why you should use a cross-enterprise platform; how the right AI solution can drive the right decisions to grow your business; how AI is being used today in our industry; and what questions you should ask an AI vendor upfront. Register now.
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    Gen Z shoppers partner with grocers on health and wellness
    Young adulthood is a time of freedom, discovery and charting your path in the world. Eating balanced, healthy meals is normally a low priority during this time. Gen Z, however, couldn't be more different -- they are young adults focused on personalizing their health and wellness and they trust grocery stores to help in this process. Read more.
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