North America news & analysis

15 May 2021
Mexico’s Grupo Comercial Chedraui, through its Bodega Latina Corporation subsidiary, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire US-based operator, Smart & Final, in a $620m deal.  Unique retail model Smart & Final operates a unique concept in the US, bridging wholesale and retail models. It operates more than 250 stores under two banners: Smart & Final and Smart & Final Extra!, in C...
13 May 2021
After a strong first quarter, the Kellogg Company has raised its guidance for the full year, expecting sales growth to be flat, having previously forecast a small decline. Matching last year’s sales Following a record year in 2020, it is impressive that the company is expecting to match last year’s sales, which included the pandemic driven surge in demand. While it continues to benefit from...
13 May 2021
As part of its new strategy to lead with fresh, Kroger has launched an accelerator for local and regional fresh suppliers. This collaborative project aims at accelerating the pace of product innovation while evolving its fresh assortment to align with the growing demand from shoppers for local products. Supporting local and regional suppliers The “Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator” was ...
12 May 2021
As its role as the first-ever official grocer of Team Canada, Sobeys’ parent company, Empire, has launched the “Feed the Dream” movement to support and celebrate the nation’s athletes on the road to the Tokyo Olympic Games. We look at how this is being executed in-store. Potential to celebrate two Olympic events Empire formed a partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, enabling its f...
11 May 2021
Building on comments from president and CEO, Vivek Sankaran, earlier this month, Albertsons has confirmed that it is evolving its buying structure to adopt a centralised approach. Cost savings opportunity Speaking during its Q4 results , Sankaran highlighted that the retailer had increased its $1bn productivity savings target to $1.5bn by 2022. This builds on the $500m savings delivere...
10 May 2021
With Loblaw seeing continued strength in Q1, we look at how it’s preparing for a tougher second quarter as it laps the surge in demand from last year. Q1 key numbers Retail segment sales increased 0.7% to $11.7bn Food retail same-store sales up 0.1% Drug retail same-store sales down 1.7%. While pharmacy same-store sales increased 3.5%, front store same-store sales fell 6.4% Ecom...
10 May 2021
Uber and Gopuff have announced a strategic partnership to provide a solution for everyday essentials through Uber Eats. Everyday essentials delivery offering Gopuff provides on-demand delivery of household products, medication, food and drink in over 650 cities across the US. It operates more than 250 micro-fulfilment centres to fulfil orders. In 2020, Gopuff increased the number of micro-f...
07 May 2021
Walmart is collaborating with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Higher Ground Productions to launch a new interactive experience that aims to show kids that healthy food can be fun. Inspiring families to cook fresh healthy foods The interactive culinary adventure experience, The Hidden World of Waffles + Mochi, is based on the characters from the Netflix show, Waffles + Mochi. I...
05 May 2021
Sobeys has launched a new look and feel for its core Sobeys supermarket format in the Legacy neighbourhood, located in south-east Calgary. We look inside this new store. Cleaner look, sharper lines This new store is the first from Sobeys to feature this updated look and feel. While several elements are retained from the original Sobeys concept, new signposting has been introduced for fresh ...
04 May 2021
7-Eleven has opened its eighth Evolution Store in the U.S. This time, the concept features Raise The Roost Chicken And Biscuits and Parlor Pizza foodservice options. First Evolution Store to feature two fast food restaurants Source: 7-Eleven, prnewswire All Evolution Stores include foodservice, but the latest in Manassas, Virginia features two different brands, Raise the Roost Chick...