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September / October 2015

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about September / October 2015.

When Royal Ahold and Delhaize announced plans to mergein the early summer of 2015, it was the latest in a series of mergers and acquisitions that have changed the landscape of grocery retailing. The merger of Holland-based Ahold and Belgium-based Delhaize, which was still awaiting approval b

When analysts at BMO Capital Markets notedrecently that Costco might now be the biggest retailer of organic groceries in the U.S. by sales volume, it was an acknowledgement of a couple of realities. One was the explosive growth of club stores in general, and Costco in particular.

Dollar General is about to lose its position at the top of the dollar-store world, thanks to an acquisition between its two biggest rivals.

It's said that trying to be all things to all people is a losing strategy. But looking at H-E-B can leave you not so sure. The 373-store Texas-based supermarket chain combines a luxurious in-store experience with competitive prices.

The middle of the road is where you get run over–so the cliché goes. Well, Kroger has been roaring down the middle of the road for years, setting speed records and bowling over the competition.

When you're the new kid in town,it doesn't matter how big a deal you were back home. You have to prove yourself all over again. That's the situation Wawa Inc. put itself in when it decided to leapfrog down the Eastern Seaboard, moving from its base in Pennsylvania and the Northeast into Florida.

Aldi is looking to do in the U.S. what it has done in Great Britain for years:Squeeze midmarket grocers from the bottom. The German discount chain has ambitious plans to expand in the U.S.

What's a successful collaboration worth to retailers and brands? The value of working together for a greater outcome than either participant could achieve on its own might not be a line item on a balance sheet, but success stories abound in the grocery retail space. Consider Blackhawk Network, the

Walmart knows a thing or two about leveraging assets.The giant retailer has squared up against online competition with a robust online presence of its own, bolstered by its massive network of brick-and-mortar stores and distribution centers.

Last year, CVS Health took a bold stand for its customers' health by banning tobacco sales. That's turning out to be healthy for the bottom line as well. In CVS's first full quarter after it stopped selling tobacco, net revenues increased 12.9 percent to a record $37.1 billion.

These are the drivers that reportedly will move the CPG retail industry into a brave new world that we can only imagine today.

Grocery retailing has always been known for big deals,but in the last year or so, they've been positively seismic. Ahold and Delhaize are poised to merge and become the fourth-largest U.S grocer. Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar to form a new No.

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