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Curated News from the week 13

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We kick off this week's curated news with a research project that scores a host of retailers in regards to their level of competency in online grocery.  The conclusion of this report is that Amazon and Walmart are leaders in this area.  It's interesting that this report did not include pure-plays like Instacart, Thrive, and Peapod.

 

Following that, we include 3 articles from our in-house Personal Care Manager, Anna Thibaut who helped educate the team about developments in this vertical.  Following on with the non F&B theme, we wrap up the curated list of news from last week with a post focused on how Petco has moved to ban artificial ingredients in their products.  It's interesting to see the same trends taking place across all product types.

 

Hope you have a productive week.

 

In online grocery, Amazon and Walmart at ‘genius’ level - supermarketnews.com 

Amazon and Walmart stand above other food retailers as “geniuses” in online grocery, an area that has become the industry’s top growth catalyst, according to Gartner L2’s Grocery U.S. 2019 Digital IQ Index.

The only two grocery retailers achieving the Genius level in this year’s index, Amazon and Walmart earned respective scores of 144 and 140.

(curated by @john veltri)  

 

Whole Foods Market Educates Consumers on Body Care Standards with Whole Foods Market Better Beauty Swap - Marketwatch.com

A recent survey conducted by Whole Foods Market found that one third (33 percent) of consumers do not understand ingredients commonly found in conventional beauty and body care products—such as parabens, microbeads and formaldehydes—well enough to know what they are. In addition, more than half (59 percent) of consumers do not regularly read beauty and body care labels in-store before purchasing.

(curated by @annathibaut)  

 
California considers ban on cancer-causing chemicals - cosmeticsbusiness.com 

The US state of California is considering a bill to ban the sale of cosmetics with cancer-causing chemicals. Labelled the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, legislators have proposed the removal of 20 ‘adulterated cosmetic’ ingredients including asbestos, mercury, lead, formaldehyde, carbon black and compounds known as PFAS.

Last year Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay out US$4.7bn in damages to 22 women who alleged its talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. Since the payout, Johnson & Johnson has continuously come under fire over its talc-based products.

(curated by @annathibaut)

 

Unilever Hires Amazons Sunny Jain to Lead Beauty and Personal Care - gcimagazine.com

The battle between Amazon and legacy multinat­ionals continues to heat up. Unilever has appointed Sunny Jain as president, beauty and personal care; Jain will also join the Unilever Leadership Executive. Jain, who will take the role in June 2019, most recently held the role of Amazon's core consumables business unit, which comprises health, personal care, beauty, grooming, luxury beauty, grocery/food, baby, private brands and the PillPack subsidiary.

(curated by @annathibaut)

 
This Charlotte Harris Teeter is dropping traditional checkout lines - charlotteobserver.com

Harris Teeter is ditching traditional checkout lanes and transitioning to self-checkout only at its uptown location on West Sixth Street.

The grocer’s uptown store is 18,000 square feet, less than half the size of a traditional Harris Teeter. When the store gets busy, it’s often with urban residents or uptown professionals making small transactions. Moving to completely self check-out is a way Harris Teeter is looking to eliminate long lines at its registers, the grocer said.

(curated by @daveaniol)

 

Dollar General will open 975 stores this year - cnn.com

Dollar General keeps expanding even as discount rivals like Family Dollar shrink. The company said Thursday it will open 975 new stores in the United States this year. Dollar General will remodel 1,000 older stores with new queue lines to drive last-minute impulse buys. It will also spruce up its health and beauty sections to lift sales. 

Dollar General has been growing for years in rural America. Dollar General (DG) opened 900 stores in 2018 and 1,315 the year prior. It has more than 15,300 stores across the country and sales have increased for 29 straight years.

(curated by @nicolemeyerson)

 

Retailers are updating sustainable seafood standards - grocerydive.com

H-E-B has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to build a stronger commitment to sustainable seafood by sourcing from socially and environmentally friendly farms and fishing outfits, according to the retailer. The retailer updated its policy to improve its sourcing and transparency for fresh, frozen, prepared and shelf-stable seafood.

(curated by @nicolemeyerson)

 

Petco just became the first major retailer to ban artificial ingredients in dog and cat food - grocerydive.com

In a move that will have repercussions across the pet food industry, Petco announced they are removing all artificial ingredients from cat and dog food products sold in their stores, starting May 1. “Last year, we put the entire pet industry on notice by introducing new standards for nutrition, because we firmly believe it’s the right thing to do for pets,” Petco CMO Tariq Hassan said in a statement. “This campaign breathes life into that decision and the journey that lies ahead for Petco. It’s a departure from anything we’ve done before and a direct reflection of our ongoing brand transformation to meet the evolving demands of pet parents.”

(curated by @jasonlipsitz)