Top 10 supermarket trends coming in 2014

By Barbara Soderlin / World-Herald staff writer With growing selections of healthy snacks, store brands, recipe apps and international flavors, supermarkets will evolve in 2014 to better meet consumers’ desires to save money, save time, eat healthfully and enjoy their food while doing it, a supermarket expert predicts. The “Supermarket Guru,” ConAgra Foods consultant Phil…

Judge Approves Swipe Fee Settlement

As expected, U.S. District Judge John Gleeson approved the proposed $5.7 billion class-action settlement in the underlying credit card swipe fees case between merchants and Visa/MasterCard. In his order on Friday afternoon, Judge Gleeson explained that he was satisfied with the settlement. NACS filed private antitrust litigation against the major credit card companies and banks…

Amazon.com Opens Up a Pantry

USA Today reports that e-commerce giant Amazon.com is “working on a new business” called Pantry that could help the company expand even further into the CPG market and “take on warehouse club stores” such as Costco and Sam’s Club. The newspaper reports that Pantry, run by Billy Hegeman, a senior manager in vendor management and…

Coca-Cola Splits North American Business

The Coca-Cola Co. is splitting its North America business into two operating units: Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Refreshments. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the new structure will help Coca-Cola streamline operations and accelerate its refranchising to independent bottling partners. J.A.M. “Sandy” Douglas will lead Coca-Cola North America and also continue his role as global chief…

Heeren Brothers Announces Ribbon Cutting to Open New $22 Million Facility

Heeren Bros., Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to celebrate the opening of its new $22 million state-of-the-art facility in Alpine Township. The event was held at 10:30 a.m. and allowed state legislators, township officials, contractors, vendors and neighbors to tour Heeren’s new 178,000-square-foot facility at 1055 7 Mile Road.  Brief…

Lidl bans sweets at the checkout

Discount supermarket replaces confectionery with dried and fresh fruit, oatcakes and juices Jennifer Rankin The Guardian Lidl has banned sweets and chocolate bars from the checkout at all 600 of its UK stores after surveying parents about the “pester power” of their children. The discount supermarket said racks of sweets had been replaced with dried…