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Grocery Store Sells Organic Produce from its Rooftop Farm

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Touch the Soil News #758 (feature photo courtesy of Montreal IGA) Claiming to be the first grocery store in Canada, an IGA store in Montreal now has a 25,000 square foot roof garden (slightly over ½ acre) that produces over 30 different kinds of produce. Situated on a building that is LEED Gold certified. LEED certified buildings are resource efficient and use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rooftop garden is irrigated with water collected from the store’s dehumidification system, which would otherwise be discarded. All the food grown is organically certified, harvested and sold in the store itself along with other organic produce. The roof-top…

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Food Titans – Prepare for Battle

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Touch the Soil News #725 We have all been taught that competition is good thing. Today it is not just about a better product or a better way to do things – it is often all and only about the money – regardless of the economic consequences to the nation and its working people. The ongoing consolidations in the grocery business, for example, have created huge Titans that are preparing for an economic battle. It is no longer about the big swallowing the small. It is about the big battling the big. When big battles big, the fallout can be more dramatic and happen more quickly. For example, it took…

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Duking it Out

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Touch the Soil News #703 Grocery stores are the realm of big capital. Unlike the small neighborhood grocers of 50 years ago, billions of dollars of investments have muscled into the backrooms of every grocery chain. Big investors have always warred against each other, but more aggressive incarnations are erupting in the grocery industry. As we speak, Canadian grocery stores continue to take a walloping from U.S. grocery giants that moved in. A recent story by the Canadian Press revealed that between 2004 and 2015, Canadian grocers lost over 11 percent of their market share to the likes of Costco and Wal-Mart. In the United States, American grocery stores are…

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What Will $1 Billion Buy?

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Touch the Soil News #559 For starters, it might buy you a grocery chain of 134 stores with 24,000 employees (The Price Chopper grocery chain in New York). Albertson’s grocery stores (2,205 locations and 164,000 employees) recently said it has been in advanced talks with the owners of Price Chopper to buy the whole chain for about $1 billion. Price Chopper is owned by the Golub Corporation – a family enterprise that got into the grocery business in 1932. Different from other grocery stores, Price Chopper phased out the sale of tobacco products in all of its stores some two years ago. The store has also been trying to become…

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Grocery Services to Change Food Buying

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Touch the Soil News #527 Online giant Amazon has been in the top end food delivery service since 2008. Now they want to actually open brick and mortar stores. Some of the stores will be what is called Click and Collect – buy the groceries online and then stop at a convenient Amazon store to pick them up. Rumors are that Amazon may utilize license-plate scanning, in-store Kiosks and a rapid drive-through pick-up option. While it is still a ways off, rumor also has it that they plan to have a 20-location pilot program in places such as Seattle, Las Vegas, the Bay Area and New York within a couple…

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The Top Ten Grocery Retailers in America

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Touch the Soil News #404 Growing your own or buying from a local farmer is certainly “Hip” these days – and for good reason. As mega retailers strive to grow, they automatically create larger and larger back-end suppliers. Anymore, when there is a food safety problem it can quickly escalate to a multi-state issue. This CVS pharmacy store also sells groceries. It is competing successfully against grocery-only chains. CVS, is the No. 5 grocery retailer in the U.S. with the largest number of storefronts at 7,911, with over 50 percent more storefronts than Walmart. Walmart sells almost six times more groceries and consumables than CVS. However other retailers that sell…

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