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SN Top 10: Kroger, Save Mart, Aldi top the week's headlines

In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, Kroger-Albertsons urged to delay merger-related $4 billion dividend ranked as the week’s most-read story. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D.), who’s leading the state AG group, said Wednesday that the bipartisan request was made to enable states to complete antitrust reviews of the Kroger-Albertsons merger, announced Oct. 14. He noted that his office also plans a formal investigation of the planned transaction and its impact on workers and shoppers, as well as whether the dividend would impinge on Albertsons’ ability to compete during the merger review process.

Among other top stories:

  • Save Mart begins grocery delivery with Amazon
  • Aldi U.S. to up the ante in online grocery
  • Shipt sued by D.C., Minnesota over worker classification
  • 5 things: Is grocery losing customers to McDonald’s?

In other news, Continuing a flurry of executive appointments, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has promoted Angie Balian to chief brands officer, a newly created position. The appointment is effective immediately, UNFI said Wednesday. In the role, Balian will oversee the Providence, R.I.-based distributor’s private-label and own-brands division, which the company described as a key component in providing its independent grocery retail partners with choice, value and unique products.

Other top stories: 

  • Grocery customers battle high prices by cutting back
  • Kroger-Albertsons merger: Many views, many angles
  • 5 things: Your thoughts on Kroger + Albertsons
  • Kroger-Albertsons merger: Looking at the numbers


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