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Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Cos. is rolling out a predictive ordering and inventory management platform by Afresh Technologies across almost all of its banner stores nationwide.The system was implemented in more than 2,200 Albertsons Cos. banner stores, including Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Vons and Acme, according to a news release. The process took seven months.San Francisco-based Afresh enables Albert...

Lidl is launching a private-label produce line called Peak Harvest, which will raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in January.For each purchase of Peak Harvest products throughout the month, Lidl will donate 1% of retail sales to CMN Hospitals, up to $250,000, according to a news release. The funds will benefit 18 designated member children’s hospitals in Lidl’s markets along the East Coast. Pea...

In a fiercely worded letter, Western Growers joined the California Fresh Fruit Association and Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association in opposing the merger between Kroger and Albertsons.Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers; Ian LeMay, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association; and Bruce Talbott, president of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, sent a letter to L...

I once read that within this crazy planet we call home exists somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 plants or trees that produce food — fresh produce provided via the root, the leaves, the stems or the fruit of these plants.Of course, ask any produce manager and they will attest that 90-plus percent of their sales are generated from perhaps 25 items. This is out of a range of 250-300 fresh SKUs on display at any given...

In a produce popularity contest, few products perform better than tomatoes. After bananas and apples, the perennial household favorites, tomatoes typically go toe-to-toe with potatoes, carrots and onions jockeying for position in the shopping cart.In our latest round of consumer research at Execulytics, tomatoes edged out all three to capture the third-highest level of household penetration. A staggering 3 out of 5 g...





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