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ICYMI: May’s Top Stories

Jason Buechel

The most popular articles with SFA News Daily readers in May focused on recognizing high-quality specialty products in advance of the upcoming Summer Fancy Food Show, and industry activity related to both specialty and national retailers.

In case you missed it, the following were the five most read stories in May.

1. SFA Announces 2024 sofi Award Winners

Blis Gourmet Spruce Infused Ponzu Sauce, Tillamook Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee Ice Cream, and Blake Hill Preserves Mango Pineapple Habanero Chili Jam are among the sofi Gold Award-winning products announced by the Specialty Food Association.

2. Whole Foods CEO on Food Retail's Future

Jason Buechel, Whole Foods Market CEO, discussed the evolving food retail landscape during the Milken Institute Global Conference 2024, a gathering of business, finance, government, and philanthropy leaders. Attendees of the Summer Fancy Food Show can attend Buechel's keynote address on Monday, June 24.

3. Target Executive Speaks to Grocery Trends

Following the pandemic, Target has worked to revamp its grocery offerings to cater to shoppers looking to indulge while on a budget. Rick Gomez, Target’s chief food, essentials, and beauty officer, spoke about the grocery trends he’s seeing.

4. Stew Leonard's Debuts Newest Location

Stew Leonard’s opened its second New Jersey location in Clifton last month. Combination grocery and liquor store, the retailer moved its existing Wine & Spirits of Clifton shop from its former location at The Promenade Shops at Clifton to the center of the Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Food & Wine store.

5. Target Lowers Prices on Grocery Essentials

Target said it will lower everyday regular prices on approximately 5,000 frequently shopped items across its assortment. Impacted categories include milk, meat, bread, soda, fresh fruit and vegetables, snacks, yogurt, peanut butter, coffee, diapers, paper towels, and pet food.