Promotions from confectioners including Wrigley and Nestle are spurring convenience store sales of nonchocolate confectionery. Retailers benefit by highlighting items that are new and popular, even in the gum category, which has been weak. Achieving a balance of core items and new items is paramount in seeing success with candy sales, says Jenn Elleck, director of trade communications and marketing for the National Confectioners' Association.
Davis Grocery Outlet has partnered with California Safe Soil to recycle organic waste for use by farmers who supply produce for the store. Waste is manufactured into liquid fertilizer that replaces chemical fertilizer, and the process reduces nitrate runoff by two-thirds.
United Natural Foods has agreed to serve as Associated Food Stores' primary wholesaler for natural groceries. "Our partnership with UNFI will allow Associated to continue to be more competitive and grow our 250-store base," said Harry Laufer, Associated's co-CEO.
Meijer plans to discontinue coupon doubling at all stores, beginning Aug. 25, in favor of mPerks digital coupons, which include pharmacy rewards. "Although we will no longer double coupons, we are still offering great savings with everyday low prices, weekly specials and mPerks digital coupons," spokesman Frank Guglielmi said. The change has been communicated to customers through a circular and in-store signs.
The National Cooperative Grocers Association, which represents 134 co-ops in 36 states, says it expects to raise $75,000 in October for the "Just Label It" campaign to support labeling products that contain genetically modified organisms and to raise consumer awareness on the issue. "Food co-ops exist to serve their members, and the message nationwide from co-op shoppers has been and continues to be clear: Shoppers want to know if foods contain GMOs," association CEO Robynn Shrader said. "Whether they choose to buy GMO foods or not, consumers have the right to make informed choices about what they eat."