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• Supervalu announced that it has finalized the sale of its Save-A-Lot business to an affiliate of Onex Corporation for $1.365 billion in cash, "subject to customary closing adjustments." The company said that "with the sale of Save-A-Lot, Supervalu is now a more focused company. In connection with the closing of the sale, Supervalu and Save-A-Lot have entered into a five-year professional services agreement pursuant to which Supervalu will continue providing certain back office services to Save-A-Lot."


• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has sent a letter to members of the US House of Representatives urging them to oppose legislation that would roll back debit card reforms originally designed to make the market more competitive.

The roll back would be part of a broader effort to repeal financial regulations passed during the Obama administration.

“With talk in Congress about repealing or replacing components of the Dodd-Frank law, we want to make sure Congress knows of the five year success story of the pro-competitive debit reforms that increase reliability and efficiency, and urge that they be preserved. We oppose section 335 of the so-called CHOICE Act,” said Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer & senior vice president of government relations. “We hope that if legislation is considered by Congress that it will work to increase competition in the debit routing network space, not stifle it.”


• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has announced its 2016 Community Outreach Awards Winners...

The Youth Development Program Winner was Northgate Gonzalez Market's "Cooking Up Change" program, which "provides students from low-income schools with the tools to transform their school lunch menu, develop culinary skills, improve self-esteem, and continue their education in nutrition."

The Programs Addressing Food Insecurity Winner was a "Double Up Food Bucks" program created by Family Fare, a SpartanNash company, described as "a public-private partnership administered by Fair Food Network with support provided by federal, state and private sources. For each dollar of fresh Michigan produce SNAP customers purchased an equivalent amount of points will be earned and placed on their yes Card."

The Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs Winner was "Food Lion Feeds' Great Pantry Makeover program," which "transformed 38 food pantries in its 10-state footprint in 30 days. Food Lion mobilized its community to eliminate hunger by providing 1.7 million meals in total and more than 1,400 volunteer hours by renovating facilities, providing equipment and stocking pantries."

The “People’s Pick” Social Media Category Winner went to Hy-Vee, which "designed a free, online program to help kids and families make health, exercise and nutrition not only priorities in their everyday lives but also fun ... Part of the program, Hy-Vee KidsFit, provides an interactive health and wellness website for children, teens and families that offers a free, online personal trainer."
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