In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, the top story was FTC turns to competition about Kroger / Albertsons merger. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the FTC wants to know how retailers and wholesalers think about how the merger would change the grocery landscape. The regulatory agency is asking questions that involve product sourcing and pricing, online operations details, store labor dynamics, how the “own brands” program at Kroger and Albertsons work, and how shopper data is used.
Among other top stories:
- Massive coalition out to stop Kroger / Albertsons deal
- Kroger employees file lawsuits over paycheck mishaps
- DoorDash Partners with PCC Community Markets for On-Demand Grocery Delivery
- Digital grocery sales hit $128B
In other news, selling eggs in Dollar Tree stores has reached an expiration date … at least temporarily. The discount retailer announced on March 14 that due to high prices in eggs it will no longer carry them even with Easter and Passover right around the corner. Egg sales traditionally spike during the religious holidays. The price of eggs has increased 60% due to an avian flu outbreak. The average price of a dozen was $5 in January, but the price was down 6.7% in February.
- SNAP households represent 24% of U.S. consumer goods spend
- Oat milk market valuation to reach $7.8B by 2030
- 53% of consumers expect an economic impact on 2023 holiday plans
- Dollar General’s Q4 results are cluttered