Lineage Acquiring Marc Villeneuve

Lineage Logistics is acquiring Quebec-based Marc Villeneuve Inc. Last year it acquired Ontario Refrigerated Services. When the acquisition closes, Lineage will employee 150 people in Canada. Marc Villeneuve is a cold storage distribution service in suburban Montreal. It distributes ice cream products for Chapman’s. Its newly built Montreal facility is energy efficient and has a […]

Amazon Beats Alabama Unionization

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has successfully won a union election at its Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center. There were 1,600 votes against unionizing and 650 in favor. Amazon had worked hard to defeat the union vote.    

Vegan & Gluten-Free Savory Pies

  Raised Gluten Free, a women-owned bakery in Northern California, launches heat-and-serve, savory pies. Both the egg-less spinach quiche and veggie pot pie with rich vegan gravy are  100% vegan and gluten free.  Made in small batches at a dedicated, certified gluten-free bakery, they’re also free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and peanuts. Both are Kosher […]

Beware the Ravens at Costco!

Well, at least in Alaska. Shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds.’ A shopper at the Costco in Anchorage was putting his groceries into his car when two ravens swooped down and stole a short rib from his cart. “I literally took 10 steps away and turned around, two ravens came down and instantly grabbed one […]

A $15 Minimum Wage?

Retailers recognize the need for change regarding minimum wage, but worry about how much and how soon. With a $15 minimum wage potentially looming on the horizon, retailers worry about what cuts will be needed to maintain sufficient profitability to compete. When will the change come? Will it be phased in over several years? How […]

Greg Steltenpohl, Founder of Califia Farms

Word has been received of the death of Greg Steltenpohl, founder of Califia Farms. We’ll all miss him. Here are notices from the family… Greg Steltenpohl, 1954 – 2021 It is with a heavy heart we share the news of the passing of our company’s founder, Greg Steltenpohl. He built the Califia Farms brand from […]

Target Launches Favorite Day Line

Target is launching Favorite Day, a 700+ item food and beverage private label line. The line, available in stores April 5, includes premium ice cream, cheesecake, bakery, snacks, candy, beverage mixers and more. It is split between Favorite Day Bakery and Favorite Day Gourmet. All items are under $15. “We’re thrilled to build on Good […]

IRI Releases ‘Growth Leaders in CPG’ Study

Each year, IRI partners with the Boston Consulting Group on the annual Growth Leaders in CPG study. It analyzes the growth performance of hundreds of public and private consumer packaged goods companies. In 2020, U.S. CPG growth in measured channels significantly accelerated by 10.4%. That dramatically outpaced the prior three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of […]

Sarasin Is Association CEO of the Year

CEO Update has named Leslie Sarasin, CEO of the Food Industry Association (FMI), the 2021 Association CEO of the Year. For those with longish memories, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute from 1989-2008. FMI chairman Randy Edeker, chairman, president and CEO of Hy-Vee, Inc., praised Sarasin for her leadership, calling […]

IDDBA Cancels Show

But association plans show in Atlanta June 5-7 in 2022.  Madison, WI — The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) is canceling the trade show that was planned for June 6-8 in Houston. It cited input from industry members, and concern for the safety of attendees, exhibitors, and IDDBA community tied to COVID-19. You can […]

Check It Out! | Jan-Feb 2021

Just Sayin’ Here’s one retailer’s candid thoughts on what vendors should know about new item presentations. First of all, don’t come in with a 90-page presentation. Come on, nobody wants to read 90 pages. I’ve taken some of those and just thrown them in the barrel without even looking at them. Keep them short and […]

Just Sayin’ Debuts

Want to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable? Read on… Here’s your opportunity to sound off on what’s bugging you about our beloved industry. Yeah, anything you choose. Starting this month, there’s a new guest column — open to everyone — called “Just Sayin.” Check it out on page 20. A retailer, who has […]