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  • August In Review: Top Stories of the Month


    SFA News Daily readers enjoyed content focused on supermarket industry leaders: Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Wegmans, and Whole Foods over the past month. Following are the top five most read stories in August:

    1. Trader Joe’s Workers Vote to Unionize

    Trader Joe’s workers in Hadley, Massachusetts, voted 45-31 to unionize, making it the first group at the company to successfully form a union, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

    2. Wegmans Staffs Manhattan Store

    Full-time hiring and training ramped up at the market’s second NYC location; most of the 500+ positions will be hired locally.

    3. Whole Foods Announces Inaugural Accelerator Cohort

    The five brands boast a diverse selection of products and will undergo a program providing mentorship, education, and financial support opportunities.

    4. Cold-Brew Coffee, Functional Tea Highlight RTD Category

    The popularity of cold-brew coffee, functional ingredients, and new flavor formulations have driven growth in the specialty ready-to-drink coffee and tea category, according to the SFA’s State of the Specialty Food Industry report, 2022-2023 edition.

    5. Walmart Consolidation Center to Help Smaller Suppliers

    “The Lebanon facility will provide even more opportunities for small to medium sized suppliers who do not ship nationwide [including] the ability to provide product to all 4,700 Walmart stores,” said Mike Gray, senior vice president, supply chain operations at Walmart, in a statement.


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