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SN Top 10: Lowes Foods, Rite Aid, Albertsons top the week's headlines

In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, Sen. Elizabeth Warren chides supermarket chains for price hikes was ranked as the week’s top story. In the three letters, all dated Dec. 14, Warren claimed the supermarket chains could do more to mitigate increased grocery pricing, boosted by inflationary pressures, after they tallied big gains in sales and profit amid elevated consumer demand triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other stories in this week’s gallery:

  • U.S. consumers expect higher grocery spending in 2022
  • Lowes Foods kicks off DoorDash same-day delivery
  • Saker ShopRites acquires fellow Wakefern member Perlmart
  • UNFI readies own brands for digital shelf

In other news, Albertsons Cos. is piloting a digitally managed, store-in-store salad bar concept at a half-dozen supermarkets on the East Coast.

Los Angeles-based Picadeli U.S. said Tuesday that its Arctic “smart” salad bar, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology, has been rolled out to six Safeway, Acme Markets and Kings Food Markets stores in Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Other top stories: 

  • Rite Aid looks to trim retail footprint
  • Walmart, Kroger rank as most-trusted U.S. grocery retailers
  • 10 predictions for the grocery industry in 2022
  • Retail Tech Roundup: 22 innovators and newsmakers in 2021
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