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Harris Teeter Offers Double Fuel Point Promotion

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In an effort to help shoppers deal with rising gas prices, Harris Teeter has introduced a double fuel points promotion for its e-VIC members, running now through April 5. 

By using a digital coupon that can be found in the e-VIC Coupons page, emails or Harris Teeter app, loyalty members can automatically save $0.10 per gallon on fuel purchases at Harris Teeter Fuel Centers and participating BP and Amoco stations. 

“As fuel prices continue to remain above $4 per gallon, we are focused on providing excellent value for our shoppers and associates,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

During the promotion, shoppers will earn two fuel points for every $1 spent on groceries, 100 fuel points for every $25 spent on eligible retailer gift cards and 100 points for every prescription purchase at Harris Teeter Pharmacy.

Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. Kroger employs nearly half a million associates who serve 9 million-plus customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and nearly 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names. The Cincinnati-based company is No. 3 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.


Metabolic Meals Offers Personalized Nutrition

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In a move that may well herald how consumers will routinely access better-for-you foods, health technology company Lumen has partnered with Metabolic Meals, a chef-made organic meal service. The largest metabolic measurement platform in the world, Lumen is now giving users the option to have a personalized nutrition plan, driven by their breath measurement, delivered straight to their doors.

“It’s the first time we’ve provided ready-to-eat meals based on real-time metabolism measurements as we take personalized nutrition into the future,” said Barak Alon, business product manager at New York-based Lumen. “We’re tailoring nutrition for our customers, down to the last macronutrient.”

Added Alon: “We found that many of our customers claim they want to save time and have access to more low-carb meal options, and this partnership enables us to deliver on that.”

St. Louis-based Metabolic Meals delivers a variety of healthy chef-based meals featuring fresh ingredients, including organic, grass-fed meat, that correspond to Lumen’s nutrition recommendations as verified by metabolic experts and Lumen-registered dietitians. The service includes measuring a consumer’s metabolism through the Lumen device and the creation of a personalized meal plan according to whether the consumer is burning fats or carbs, with all hand-picked ready-to-eat dishes delivered by Metabolic Meals.

The Lumen/Metabolic Meals initiative is available nationwide for Lumen customers, starting at $139 with free shipping. Each box of five meals contains 15 dishes based on five protein meals and 10 side dishes. The Lumen device is available online, starting at $249 for a six-month subscription, renewing at $19 monthly. Users can download the app free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Lumen is also fully integrated with Apple Watch and Garmin wearable devices, enabling users to get real-time notifications to measure their metabolism after workouts and track the impact of their exercise on their ability to shift into burning fat.


Health-Focused Recipe App Links to Kroger Shopping List

Health-Focused Recipe App Links to Kroger Shopping List

Meal-planning app Foogal is on a mission to help consumers prevent and manage prediabetes, diabetes and autoimmune diseases through its customizable recipes and food-as-medicine approach.

The app, launched by a group of nutritionists, chefs and doctors, allows users to fill out a profile and receive three diet protocols. Wellness Protocol, Autoimmune Protocol and Insulin Resistance were designed based on the latest food and nutrition scientific research and aim to help users reach their health goals.

Users can browse recipes and create meals, and even link their shopping list to a Kroger location for online purchase. Froogal has plans to add more grocery stores in the future.

"We want Foogal to be the powerhouse behind America's healthy eating revolution," said company founder Todd Knobel. "Our goal is to help you improve your family's overall health, prevent prediabetes, and manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes and autoimmune diseases.”

Serving 60 million households annually nationwide through a digital shopping experience, and almost 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, Cincinnati-based Kroger is No. 3 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.


Meijer Sets Opening Date for New Northeast Ohio Supercenters

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Meijer will open two new supercenters in northeast Ohio on April 28, in the cities of Brunswick and Canton.

“It’s extremely exciting to continue expanding our presence in northeast Ohio,” said Tom Wilson, Meijer regional VP. “Over the last two years, our store teams have helped families meet unprecedented challenges by providing fresh grocery options and supporting their pharmacy needs. Now we’re gearing up to bring our one-stop shopping experience to new communities in Brunswick and Canton.”

According to Wilson, the locations will offer grocery, fresh produce, bakery, meat, and deli, along with a floral area and garden center. Other departments will include pharmacy, pets, electronics, toys, sports and apparel. Further, Meijer Express gas stations adjacent to both stores will open on March 31.

Since opening its first Ohio store in the Columbus area in 1981, Meijer has invested heavily in the state, most recently building seven supercenters in the greater Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown areas. In December 2021, the retailer broke ground on a new grocery market as part of the Fairfax Market mixed-use project in partnership with the city of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp. and Fairmount Properties. Meijer also operates a distribution center and dairy-processing Facility in Tipp City, employing more than 12,000 associates statewide.

Job openings for the new Meijer supercenters include full- and part-time hourly positions across a wide array of skill sets. Interested candidates can apply online.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer operates 258 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company is No. 18 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food retailers in North America


Software Company Adds Split Cart, Curbside Functionality

Speed and Efficiency With Curbside Pickup

Third-party software provider Delivery Solutions has introduced split cart and curbside kit technology that will allow grocers to offer more flexibility and an elevated experience for their e-commerce customers.

The newly introduced split cart functionality, which is available to Delivery Solutions platform enterprises, lets retailers make both distribution center and store inventory available to customers in a single cart experience. The curbside kit, meanwhile, gives accurate, live-proximity shopper location and time of arrival updates while negating the need for customers to check-in via call or text.

“In the last two years, the consumer experience has shifted dramatically, and it is our responsibility as leaders in delivery technology to evolve and shift with customer expectations,” said Arshaad Mirza, co-founder of Delivery Solutions. “We want to provide the best experience possible for both our retailers in store operations and their customers, and we are excited to introduce our split cart and curbside kit technologies as a continuing innovation and an integral new component of the Delivery Solutions experience.”

The Texas-based company provides an extensive last-mile ecosystem and solutions for same-day delivery, curbside, in-store pickup, shipping, lockers, autonomous, drones and enhanced post-purchase notifications.


Balls Food Stores Makes Managerial Changes

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David Ball, the chairman, CEO and president of Balls Food Stores, has revealed the promotions of five employees as the independent grocer plans to mark 100 years in business. The employees are Scott Bayne, Gregg Frost, Mike Sullivan, Bob Pearson and Pat Rogers.

Bayne is a food industry veteran with more than 44 years of experience and has been with Balls for eight years, most recently as VP of sales and marketing. Now he has been promoted to COO.

Frost has been with Balls for more than 45 years in a number of company roles, including VP of human resources and VP of Hen House Markets. With this promotion, he can now add chief teammate officer to the list of roles that he has held within the company.

Sullivan, part of Balls Food Stores for more than 30 years, is now VP of Price Chopper operations.

Pearson, who has been with the company for 29 years and managed multiple stores, is now VP of Hen House, Sunfresh and Payless operations.

Rogers, who has been with the company for 18-plus years and was previously Hen House markets delicatessen specialist, has been promoted to Balls Food delicatessen director.

Kansas City, Kan.-based Ball’s Food Stores operates 26 supermarkets under the Hen House Market, Price Chopper, Sun Fresh and Payless Discount Foods banners in Kansas City and surrounding markets. Balls Food Stores has served Kansas City and its surrounding areas for nearly a century. The independent grocer will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023. In 2021 and 2022, Balls Food Stores was chosen as one of Progressive Grocer’s Outstanding Independents