GMA emphasize work of food and beverage industry on Food Day
WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has highlighted the U.S. food and beverage industry’s accomplishments on Food Day, which celebrates the more than 15 million Americans who work to provide billions of consumers with safe, healthy, convenient and affordable food.
GMA said that the U.S. food and beverage industry has made a commitment to making food more affordable. According to the GMA, Americans now spend less than 6% on at-home food — down from nearly 14% in 1961. Additionally, the industry also has put an emphasis on health and wellness and nutrition with the rollout of such initiatives as Facts Up Front, a front-of-package labeling system designed to help Americans better identify healthy foods.
"Obesity is a serious problem, and everyone — industry, government, parents, communities and healthcare providers — must do their part if we are going to meet first lady Michelle Obama’s goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation," GMA president and CEO Pamela Bailey said. "To help consumers, we have changed our products, changed our marketing and have placed important nutrition information on the front of packages to help busy consumers make informed decisions when they shop."
What’s more, GMA said, food manufacturers and retailers donate $1 billion to help feed the 49 million Americans who are food insecure.
"America’s food and beverage companies are the foundation of our economy," Bailey said. "From farm to table, they support more than 15 million American jobs. They provide consumers with safe, healthy, convenient and affordable food. They help feed 300 million Americans and 6 billion people around the world. They donate billions of dollars to alleviate hunger. That is what Food Day is all about," she said.
Winona Pure rolls out natural spray cooking oils
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Winona Foods has added five new varieties of cooking sprays to its Winona Pure line.
Winona Pure’s current lineup of 100% canola oil, 100% olive oil and 100% sunflower oil cooking sprays now includes butter-flavored canola oil, lemon butter-flavored canola oil, garlic butter-flavored canola oil, balsamic and olive oil, and popcorn butter-flavored canola oil varieties.
“The food revolution is thriving, and Winona Pure is meeting consumers right at home with creative and inspiring flavors of spray oils that make any home cook feel like an Iron Chef,” Winona Foods VP David Meyer said.
Winona Pure natural spray cooking oils are available at retailers nationwide, including Walmart.
Walgreens reveals merchandising changes, identifies new team
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced a series of changes in its merchandising division following a realignment of the group, aimed at “better integrat[ing] with and accelerat[ing] our strategy to become America’s first choice for health and daily living,” Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca said late Friday in a statement to Drug Store News.
As a result, Walgreens’ three general merchandise managers and areas of responsibility are:
• Steve Broughton, food, beverages and household consumables;
• Shannon Curtin (formerly Petree), beauty, personal care and seasonal; and
• Robert Tompkins, health and wellness, front-end services and general merchandise.
All three continue to report to VP merchandising/chief merchandising officer Bryan Pugh. The moves became effective Friday.
“By the end of the day Monday, our vendors will be able to access this information, along with the new roles for our divisional merchandise managers and category managers, on our SupplierNet extranet,” Magnacca said.
As part of the moves, Frank Grilli, will now lead the expansion of the company’s regional buying program as divisional VP/GMM for regional procurement. “We have piloted this program in three markets and will be expanding it over the coming months, providing additional buying support, economies of scale and governance to our local markets,” Magnacca noted. “Frank will bring his deep store experience as well as buying expertise to this important new role.”
In his new role, Grilli reports to Mark Scharbo, VP inventory strategy, as will Steve Lubin, divisional VP/GMM for non-mainland sourcing. In addition, it was announced that Magnacca’s leadership team had been expanded to include Moe Alkemade as VP retail brands and global sourcing, and Rachel Bishop as VP daily living strategy and business development.
Pugh and Scharbo will also continue reporting to Magnacca.
Prior to the announcement, Alkemade had been GMM private brands, an area he will continue to oversee — including for Duane Reade. He will also be responsible for expanding Walgreens’ global sourcing capabilities.
Bishop, who had been divisional VP strategic planning and analysis prior to the moves, will take on an expanded role, encompassing merchandising and marketing strategy, as well as support for mergers and acquisitions and other business development opportunities that support Walgreens’ daily living business objectives, Magnacca explained. Bishop will also continue to manage pricing, promotional strategy and capability development.
“With our new structure now in place, we have put together a great team to meet the needs of our customers and our team members in our stores. I’m looking forward to the exceptional work we will do together,” he said.