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As yet another tumultuous year in the grocery industry comes to a close, 2015 saw some retailers struggle to hold their footing, while others thrived in what further evolves into a fragmented and often unpredictable retail environment.
As Pacific Northwest retailer Haggen and Montvale, N.J.-based A&P wrote their final chapters, still others expanded their footprint through mergers and acquisitions, most notably the coming together of Kroger and Roundy's, two heavy hitters that will no doubt benefit from the vast list of strengths of the other.
As we herald the coming of a new year, PG rounds up its top 20 stories featured on progressivegrocer.com, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 5, 2015:
Combined company to operate 2,774 supermarkets
Larree Renda, Diane Dietz and Peter Bocian to leave after Albertsons merger
50,000 products now available on HEB.com
Contest grand prize is Pinehurst Resort golf package
EVP Jack Sinclair to retire on March 20
Offering listed at $100M
Will grow footprint both within, outside core geo turf
Job cuts follow failure of Canadian expanion
Honorees include 75 Senior-level Execs, 184 Rising Stars, 41 Store Managers
Aldi leads in value; ShopRite offers best promotions, survey says