June 3, 2013 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest produce seller, is trying to keep pace with rival grocery stores by freshening up its selection of fruits and vegetables. On Monday, the Bentonville, Ark., mega-retailer unveiled a new initiative to speed up delivery of farm-grown goods from the fields to shelves by trimming many of its middlemen and buying 80% of its produce directly from local growers. The strategy strips out the time needed for third-party wholesalers to consolidate produce from farms before sending it off to the dozens of regional Wal-Mart distribution centers.
August 1, 2013 |
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. shares are gearing up to hit the public market at higher-than-expected prices a day after Whole Foods Market Inc. let down Wall Street with its earnings. But when asked about the increasingly crowded natural and organic grocery space, Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter E. Robb told rivals: “Bring it on.” “I would just say we love competition,” he told a conference call of analysts. “I think we feel good about our chances going forward.” Robb's co-CEO, John P. Mackey, attributed the burgeoning field to “the nature of capitalism.” “Success breeds competition,” he said.
December 29, 2011 |
Danny Meyer began doing most of the household grocery shopping when his fiancee started graduate school. Meyer goes to Whole Foods in Chicago for produce and specialty items, Jewel-Osco for staples and Trader Joe's when he needs to really stock up. He says he is not particularly brand-loyal and is susceptible to impulse buys. "I walk in and go with the flow of the store, going aisle by aisle," he said. "I like to walk through all the aisles even if I don't think I need anything there, because sometimes something will catch my eye. " Meyer, 35, is part of a growing contingent of men taking over grocery duty.
June 29, 2007
Re "Another employee's butchered benefits," column, June 27 Steve Lopez is campaigning for the potential strikers of the grocery chains with his tear-jerk article about a meat cutter in a bind financially. By his reference, he also is promoting a group trying to get the government to force the grocery chains to give their employees more money and benefits -- socialism, yeah! The man, with his 3-year-old son, came out of a shelter in Long Beach to take an entry-level job at Vons for $7.55 as an apprentice meat cutter, and in two years moved up to head cutter at $17.38 an hour.
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September 29, 2012 |
It wasn't long ago that Liz Lopez watched in dismay as the Vannord Shopping Center in her Panorama City neighborhood went downhill, losing its anchor, Valley Foods Warehouse, among a number of other tenants. So Lopez, 33, and her mother, Delmy Lopez, 65, made it a point to attend Friday's grand opening of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. They stood patiently with about 200 other soon-to-be shoppers, waiting for the speeches to end so they could push their carts through the store's sliding doors.
June 11, 2013 |
Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc., known for its speedy distribution of books, electronics and other consumer goods, is now trying to break open the grocery market. The AmazonFresh service, running since 2007 in the retailer's Seattle hometown, expanded to select Los Angeles ZIP Codes on Monday. The company is offering customers same-day and early-morning delivery on more than 500,000 products, such as apples, bread and even mozzarella di bufala from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.