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Johnsonville Rolls Out Sausage Strips Nationwide
Rolling out to grocery stores nationwide this summer are Johnsonville Sausage Strips - a new product line of fully cooked smoked sausage that looks and cooks like bacon, but is sausage.
After a successful launch in 2020 among Midwest consumers, Johnsonville Sausage Strips are now available to consumers nationwide at additional U.S. retailers including...
Albertsons Expands Recall on Items Containing Chicken as Part of Tyson Foods Recall
Albertsons Companies announces the removal of additional items containing chicken as part of the recall initiated by Tyson Foods, Inc. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. On July 4, 2021, Albertsons Companies announced a removal of certain Signature Café Shredded Roasted Chicken that was also supplied by Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods’ recall announcement can be found here.
The affected Tyson product was produced at one plant located in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021, and distributed to foodservice and retail customers nationwide and...
DoorDash and Albertsons Companies Partner to Launch Access to On-Demand Grocery Delivery
DoorDash and Albertsons Companies are announcing a new partnership to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 well-known Albertsons banner stores across the country including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, and more from the DoorDash marketplace app.
As expectations for convenience, speed and ease continue to grow, consumers can now order groceries and essentials on-demand for delivery within an hour through DoorDash's top-rated marketplace with no time slot, queues or minimum order size required. Albertsons will offer more than...
Albertsons Companies Names Jennifer Saenz EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer
Albertsons Companies announced that Jennifer Saenz will join the Company as EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer effective July 12th, 2021. Saenz will be responsible for all areas of merchandising within the Company, including Own Brands. Saenz will also be responsible for further strengthening the Company’s relationships with its brand partners. She will join the Company’s senior leadership team and report to Vivek Sankaran, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We’re excited to welcome Jennifer to the Albertsons team,” said Sankaran. “A commitment to serving our customers with a broad and differentiated assortment of products is a key aspect of our transformation strategy. Jennifer’s extensive global industry experience and proven track record of driving growth through...
Sadler's Smokehouse Introduces Authentic Ready-to-Eat Pit-Smoked Texas Barbeque
Sadler's Smokehouse is introducing ready-to-eat beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and St. Louis Ribs at select retailers this summer. The new line of Sadler's Smokehouse® products is pit-smoked low and slow, using butcher-quality cuts of meat, no artificial ingredients, Texas hardwoods and 65 years of family barbeque tradition.
"First and foremost, these products come already prepared in the tradition of real Texas barbeque, giving home barbeque enthusiasts and cooks the freedom to enjoy more time together while experiencing...
Albertsons Companies Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Albertsons Companies, Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and full year fiscal 2020, which ended February 27, 2021, and provided a fiscal 2021 outlook.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights
Albertsons Companies Names Danielle Crop as Chief Data Officer
Albertsons Companies announced that Danielle Crop has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer. Crop was most recently Chief Data Officer at American Express.
This new role brings an exciting step change and acceleration in the journey to leverage data strategically for the enterprise. Crop will be responsible for building and executing a world-class central data strategy that delivers benefits for the customer regardless of whether they shop in store or on...
Albertsons Companies Commits to Setting Science-Based Target to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Albertsons Companies has announced its commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and will set an emissions reduction target that supports the goals of the United Nations’ Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Albertsons Cos.’ emissions reduction goal will align with standards that are designed to ensure a better future and to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
In a recent assessment of priorities for Albertsons Cos.’ Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy, internal and external stakeholders rated energy and emissions as high priorities for the Company to focus on. To support these priorities, leaders across the enterprise are updating long-term strategic plans to...
Plant-Based Food Sales Surpass $7 Billion, Sales Up 27% in 2020
According to the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods continued to increase by double digits in 2020, growing 27% and bringing the total market value to $7 billion. This sales growth was consistent across the country, with more than 25% growth in every U.S. census region.
In the past two years, plant-based food sales have grown 43%, which is nine times faster than total food sales. In 2020, about 57% of all U.S. households purchased plant-based foods, up from 53% in 2019 totaling 71 million households.
PBFA also found that the value of plant-based meat, while the second-largest plant-based category, hit $1.4 billion in 2020. That represents sales growth of 45% from 2019. The plant-based meat category grew twice as fast as...
Impossible Foods Launches First National Advertising Campaign, "We Are Meat"
Impossible Foods is launching its first national advertising campaign as the leading food tech startup accelerates growth and takes advantage of mounting economies of scale.
The campaign, titled “We Are Meat,” features TV spots with the meaty images and sizzle of the company’s award-winning burgers. Produced by Portland, Ore.-based Wieden+Kennedy, the advertisements claim that Impossible Burger, which contains no animal ingredients, is meat for meat lovers — made from plants.
The first national integrated campaign for Impossible Foods kicks off today with...
Albertsons Companies and Google Partner to Reinvent the Future of Grocery Shopping
Albertsons Companies and Google announced a multi-year partnership to make shopping easier and more convenient for millions of customers nationwide. The partnership brings together the power of Albertsons Cos.’ broad reach across 2,253 neighborhoods with Google’s capabilities in customer-centric innovation, creating a formidable nexus of retail savvy and trend-setting technology on a massive, omnichannel scale.
Google and Albertsons Cos. have been collaborating behind the scenes for the past year and, as part of the partnership announcement, are debuting several new enhancements that will make the shopping experience easier and more exciting. Albertsons Cos. has engaged with numerous teams at Google, covering a wide range of technologies and...
Albertsons Companies Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Administered
Albertsons Companies today announced that its pharmacies have now administered more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
“Our pharmacy teams across the country are working diligently in serving our communities during this national effort. We are deeply grateful to our federal partners and local jurisdictions in delivering this important milestone,” said Omer Gajial, SVP of Pharmacy and Health at Albertsons Cos. “We continue to provide equitable vaccination solutions to underserved and rural customers and will...
Albertsons Launches Pilot of Remote-Controlled Delivery Cart in Northern California
Albertsons Companies announced that it has partnered with Tortoise, an automated logistics company focused on last-mile solutions, to pilot its remote-controlled zero-emission delivery cart in Northern California.
“Our team is obsessed with trying new and disruptive technologies that can bring more convenience for our customers,” said Chris Rupp, EVP and Chief Customer and Digital Officer. “We are willing to quickly test, learn, and implement winning innovations that ensure we are offering the easiest and most convenient shopping experience in the entire industry.”
The Safeway cart, powered by Tortoise, is equipped with a camera and a speaker and is guided through the neighborhood by...
Impossible Foods Cuts Suggested Grocery Store Prices 20%
Thanks to tremendous growth and economies of scale over the past year, Impossible Foods is cutting suggested retail prices by 20% for grocery stores throughout the United States.
The price cuts bring the company’s suggested retail prices for Impossible Burger to $5.49 for patties and $6.99 for a 12-oz. package. (On-shelf prices may vary depending on location and retailer.)
Impossible Foods is strongly encouraging the roughly 17,000 grocery stores, supermarkets and retailers that sell Impossible Burger to pass the savings to...
Albertsons Companies Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
Albertsons Companies, Inc. reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended December 5, 2020.
Third Quarter of Fiscal 2020 Highlights
Albertsons Companies Debuts Automated Grocery PickUp Kiosk in Chicago
Albertsons Companies announced that it is the first American grocer to pilot an automated and contactless grocery PickUp kiosk. The kiosk, located at one of its Jewel-Osco stores in Chicago, demonstrates continued expansion of the company’s eCommerce business and deep commitment to providing easy service through its websites and apps.
The automated, temperature-controlled kiosk, created by Cleveron, provides a contactless pickup experience. Customers who select the “Kiosk PickUp” option will be offered 2-hr time slots during which to pick up their groceries.
When customers arrive at the kiosk, they scan a code on their phone and their groceries are...
Grocers Begin Offering the COVID-19 Vaccine
As shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine are being sent out around the United States, grocery chains are preparing to offer the vaccine through their pharmacies. Clearance for immunizations came in December, after the FDA authorized the use of the first COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE. The second vaccine to be authorized was developed by Moderna, which the FDA stated can be given to people 18 years of age and older and cited the shot's high effectiveness in preventing COVID-19 in a large clinical study.
Kroger announced it will provide the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide across its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics, partnering with the federal government and state health departments to administer the vaccine in accordance with...
Albertsons Implements Contactless Temperature and Health Screening Across All Facilities
Albertsons Companies announced that it has taken another step in enhancing its safe environment by implementing a contactless temperature check and health screening solution for associates and vendors. The new technology, now being deployed across all Albertsons Companies locations, enables a safer and more reliable health screening process for those who work in their stores and facilities.
After extensive testing and process refinements, the selected technology, provided by Turing Video Inc., leverages a built-in touchless body temperature scanner and...
Albertsons Companies Reports Second Quarter Results
Albertsons Companies, Inc. reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended September 12, 2020.
Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020 Highlights
Albertsons Companies Unveils PickUp Lockers as Newest Addition to e-Commerce Lineup
Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI) today announced that it is piloting PickUp lockers in select Chicago Jewel-Osco and Bay Area Safeway stores as the newest easy fulfillment option for e-Commerce orders made through the company’s websites and apps.
The company already offers in-house Delivery and Drive Up & Go options through its innovative websites and apps, and has partnerships with third-party operators to provide fast delivery options. Albertsons Cos., which reported a 276% increase in digital sales in its first fiscal quarter and continues to add Drive Up & Go stores throughout the country, is looking at all of the ways that it can make customers’ lives – and their grocery shopping – easier and more exciting...
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