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2016 »

  • Weis Markets Expands Its Presence in Maryland Through Two Acquisitions Weis Markets Expands Its Presence in Maryland Through Two Acquisitions - Baltimore Sun
    August 29, 2016

    Just days after Baltimore-based Mars Super Markets went out of business in July, five of its stores reopened as Weis Markets. The new name may be unfamiliar to some area shoppers but likely won't be for long. The Weis brand has proliferated around the state in a matter of weeks. Besides acquiring five stores from Mars, a family-owned fixture in Baltimore since the 1940s...



  • McCormick spin-off Vivanda aims to bring 'FlavorPrint' technology to food stores, distributors McCormick spin-off Vivanda aims to bring 'FlavorPrint' technology to food stores, distributors - Baltimore Sun
    August 29, 2016

    Would consumers be more likely to pick products off supermarket shelves if they knew they'd like the food before tasting it? Could identifying favorite flavors make planning meals more efficient? Such questions led the founders of Baltimore-based Vivanda to create what they bill as the first technology to digitize taste...



  • Weis Markets expands, buying 38 Food Lion stores, including 21 in Maryland Weis Markets Expands, Buying 38 Food Lion Stores, Including 21 in Maryland - Baltimore Sun
    July 14, 2016

    Weis Markets is expanding in the Mid-Atlantic with the purchase of 38 Food Lion stores, including half a dozen in the Baltimore region, as Food Lion's parent company looks to unload stores to satisfy antitrust regulators as part of its merger with the parent company of Giant Food. Food Lion parent Delhaize Group and Giant owner Ahold said Thursday they would sell 86 stores...



  • Mars to shut down stores not bought by Weis Mars to shut down stores not bought by Weis - Supermarket News
    May 25, 2016

    Mars Super Markets, which announced a deal to sell five of its stores to Weis Markets Tuesday, said its remaining eight stores would close by July 31 unless it can find a buyer for them. "As you all know the company has been struggling with declining sales for several years," CEO Chris D'Anna said...



  • Mars Super Markets Going Out of Business Mars Super Markets Going Out of Business - Progressive Grocer
    May 25, 2016

    Longtime Baltimore-area chain Mars Super Markets will go out of business on July 31, following its sale of five locations to Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets for a reported $25 million, according to a May 24 memo to company associates from Mars CEO Chris D’Anna...



  • Weis Markets will buy five Mars Super Markets stores Weis Markets will buy five Mars Super Markets stores - Baltimore Sun
    May 24, 2016

    Wes Markets plans to buy five Mars Super Markets grocery stores, more than doubling Weis' footprint in Baltimore County as the Pennsylvania food retailer continues pushing into the region. Rosedale-based Mars, a family-owned independent grocer founded in 1943...



  • Pete Pappas & Sons, fourth generation tomato distributor in Jessup, launches venture with Tennessee grower Pete Pappas & Sons, fourth generation tomato distributor in Jessup, launches venture with Tennessee grower - Baltimore Sun
    March 28, 2016

    Tomatoes have been good to Pete Pappas & Sons. The Jessup-based produce distributor, a fourth-generation family business, has roots that date to the turn of the last century, when Greek immigrant Pete K. Pappas started selling tomatoes from a pushcart....



2015 »

  • Leg Up Farmers Market to open in Manchester Township Leg Up Farmers Market to open in Manchester Township - The York Daily Record
    October 27, 2015

    Construction is underway for Leg Up Farmers Market, billed as a "full-service, all-natural grocery store," in Manchester Township.The 18,700-square-foot supermarket will be at 3100 N. George St., next to the former Brown’s market building...



  • Mars Super Market Once Again Up for Sale Mars Super Market Once Again Up for Sale - Progressive Grocer
    October 8, 2015

    Mars Super Market has once again put itself up for sale. The D'Anna family, owners of the Baltimore-based chain, had previously explored selling the company in 2007, but did not get high enough bids. Since that time...



  • European grocery giants with U.S. stores announce $29B merge European grocery giants with U.S. stores announce $29B merge - Baltimore Sun
    June 24, 2015

    The $29 billion merger of the European owners of Giant, long the Baltimore region's dominant supermarket chain, and Food Lion would make both grocery brands more competitive with nontraditional grocers such as Wal-Mart, analysts said Wednesday...



  • A&P Could Sell Half Its Stores A&P Could Sell Half Its Stores - Progressive Grocer
    June 17, 2015

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P), which has experienced a steady stream of financial difficulties throughout the past two decades, is looking to sell as many as 137 of its 301 stores, according to published reports. According to The New York Post...



  • DuClaw Brewing's 'Sweet Baby Jesus!' porter pulled from Ohio grocer's shelves DuClaw Brewing's 'Sweet Baby Jesus!' porter pulled from Ohio grocer's shelves - Baltimore Sun
    June 15, 2015

    The name of the most popular beer produced by DuClaw Brewing Co. -- Sweet Baby Jesus! -- is edgy, the brewery's founder acknowledges, even for a company with brews called Devil's Milk and Hellrazer....



  • Korean-American merchants face hurdles in rebuilding after Baltimore riot Korean-American merchants face hurdles in rebuilding after Baltimore riot - Baltimore Sun
    June 13, 2015

    Th charred remains of Grace Lyo's store in Sandtown attract plenty of attention these days. Neighbors stop to offer hugs and sympathy. Someone driving by asks if it happened during the riots -- it did -- and says he's sorry....



  • Seasons, New York-based kosher market, planned for Pikesville Seasons, New York-based kosher market, planned for Pikesville - Baltimore Sun
    May 18, 2015

    Seasons, a small New York-based kosher supermarket chain, plans to expand to Maryland, with a grocery store slated to open in Pikesville as early as the end of the year. The upscale specialty grocer plans to move into a former Office Depot on...



  • Competition heats up among Asian supermarkets Competition heats up among Asian supermarkets - Baltimore Sun
    February 14, 2015

    Lotte Plaza Market is no traditional supermarket. Korean cabbages, Asian pears and Chinese eggplants create a bold palette in the well-stocked produce bins. Dozens of different noodles and soy sauce varieties line one aisle, and the deli offers salted squid and octopus, Vietnamese rice sticks and bean thread rolls...



  • Sonia Diamond Obituary Sonia Diamond Obituary - Baltimore Sun
    January 13, 2015

    Sonia Diamond, a Holocaust survivor and matriarch who helped establish a family grocery chain, died of respiratory failure Jan. 2 at her Pikesville home. She was 92.



  • Sonia Beitch Diamond Sonia Beitch Diamond - Baltimore Jewish Times
    January 8, 2015

    For all the kindness and assistance she received during her fight to survive in Nazi-controlled Europe, upon emigrating to the United States, Sonia Diamond then offered that back to her family and community tenfold...



  • Services held for Food-A-Rama co-founder Services held for Food-A-Rama co-founder - Supermarket News
    January 5, 2015

    Services were held in Baltimore Sunday for Sonia Diamond, who co-founded the Food-A-Rama chain with her husband Paul Diamond and in-laws Ben and Devora Schuster...



  • Food-A-Rama’s Sonia Diamond Passes Away Food-A-Rama’s Sonia Diamond Passes Away - Progressive Grocer
    January 5, 2015

    Sonia Diamond, matriarch of the family that operated Baltimore’s Food-A-Rama grocery chain for many years, died on Jan. 2 at the age of 92. Arriving with her husband, Paul, in the United States in 1947 as Holocaust survivors with $10 in their pockets, Diamond helped build a single corner grocery store into a 48-unit Mid-Atlantic regional chain.



  • Sonia Diamond Obituary Sonia Diamond Obituary - Legacy.com
    January 5, 2015

    On January 2, 2015, Sonia Diamond (nee Beitch);beloved wife of the late Paul Diamond; devoted mother of Marvin (Linda) Diamond, Sidney Diamond, Susan Weiss (Jeremy) Ben-David and the late Abe Diamond (Adrian Diamond Wolf); dear sister of the late Molly Beitch and Herschel Beitch...



  • About Paul & Sonia Diamond, z'l About Paul & Sonia Diamond, z'l - BaltimoreJewishLife.com
    January 5, 2015

    Paul and Sonia Diamond, z'l, typified an American dream. Emigrating from Europe after surviving the atrocities of the Holocaust - with a strong work ethic, strong convictions, and ten dollars in their pocket...



  • Sonia Diamond, a'h, July 14, 1922 - January 2, 2015 Sonia Diamond, a'h, July 14, 1922 - January 2, 2015 - BaltimoreJewishLife.com
    January 3, 2015

    My grandmother, Sonia Baich Diamond, passed away last night--on the 21st yahrtzeit of her husband Paul. She was 92 1/2 years old. She was born in what is now Horochov, Ukraine (then Poland), survived the Holocaust, and immigrated to America...



2014 »

  • In & Around Food World - December 2014 In & Around Food World - Food World
    December, 2014

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has denounced a new food ratings system announced by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), saying the EWG new Food Scores program is “severely flawed and will only provide consumers with misinformation about food and beverage products they trust and enjoy.”



  • Neilly's Foods lands expanded deal with Giant supermarkets Neilly's Foods lands expanded deal with Giant supermarkets - The York Daily Record
    Sep 24, 2014

    Neilly's Foods will be carried in 234 Giant stores, including three in York County, by the end of this year.



  • City says largest supermarket to open in Howard Park after years of lobbying City says largest supermarket to open in Howard Park after years of lobbying - Baltimore Sun
    Jul 28, 2014

    Residents of one of Baltimore's many "food deserts" will gain more access to fresh meats and produce when what officials say is the city's largest grocery store opens Thursday in Howard Park.



  • Here's why Baltimore grocery chain Stop Shop Save didn't survive Here's why Baltimore grocery chain Stop Shop Save didn't survive - Baltimore Business Journal
    Jul 23, 2014

    Stop Shop Save may have catered to underserved Baltimore neighborhoods, but it never found a niche to help it compete against other grocers. The grocery chain has closed three of its last four stores in Baltimore and plans to shut down the last one at 1600 Harford Ave. soon.



  • Baltimore Chain Closes Last 4 Stores Baltimore Chain Closes Last 4 Stores - Progressive Grocer
    Jul 23, 2014

    Baltimore supermarket chain Stop Shop and Save is closing its last four stores, according to a published report, which noted that as a result, some neighborhoods will be left without a local grocery store.



  • Stop Shop Save to close remaining Baltimore locations Stop Shop Save to close remaining Baltimore locations - Baltimore Sun
    Jul 22, 2014

    An inner-city Baltimore grocery chain is closing its stores, delivering a blow to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's efforts to eliminate the city's "food deserts" and provide more residents with healthy eating options.



  • Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings - Baltimore Sun
    Jul 17, 2014

    Grocers are responding to consumer demand and threats to supply. The specialized market for sustainable seafood has gone mainstream. Even Wal-Mart is promoting its environmental credentials in the seafood aisle.



  • Safeway chain sold to Albertson's Safeway chain sold to Albertson's - Baltimore Sun
    Mar 7, 2014

    Conventional supermarkets are making way for smaller neighborhood-style stores. The $9.4 billion sale of Safeway to the owner of Albertson's announced Thursday could shift the Baltimore area grocery store landscape, potentially toppling Safeway from its spot in the area's second-largest supermarket chain.



  • Bozzuto's Expands with Mars Deal Bozzuto's Expands with Mars Deal - Supermarket News
    Feb 24, 2014

    The new relationship between Baltimore retailer Mars Super Markets and distributor Bozzino's Inc. is a complementary pairing with the potential to be more than the sum of its parts, officials say.



  • CVS Caremark to Dump Tobacco CVS Caremark to Dump Tobacco - Progressive Grocer
    Feb 5, 2014

    CVS Caremark plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the United States by Oct. 1, making the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company the first national drug store chain to do so.



  • Gmart to open soon in former Santoni's in Highlandtown Gmart to open soon in former Santoni's in Highlandtown - Baltimore Sun
    Jan 28, 2014

    Gmart International Foods, a five-store supermarket chain with two Maryland locations, will open in the next 60 days in the former Santoni’s Super Market site in Highlandtown, the shopping center’s landlord said Monday.



  • A&P Lacks 'Right Formula': Industry Observer A&P Lacks 'Right Formula': Industry Observer - Progressive Grocer
    Jan 13, 2014

    On the heels of the recent management shakeup at the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) resulting in the departure of CEO Sam Martin, industry observers with whom Progressive Grocer has spoken say it will take more than a change at the helm to improve matters at the financially embattled chain.



2013 »

  • SRB Says Bottle Tax Not to Blame SRB Says Bottle Tax Not to Blame for Highlandtown Supermarket's Closing, Industry Types Disagree - Baltimore Fishbowl
    Oct 15, 2013

    When Santoni’s, the 83-year-old independent grocery store in Highlandtown, announced it was closing a few days ago, chief financial officer Robert N. Santoni Jr. named the city’s five-cent bottle tax as the "sole" reason.



  • Retailers Say City Bottle Tax is a Burden Retailers Say City Bottle Tax is a Burden to Grocer's Near County Border - Baltimore Sun
    Oct 15, 2013

    An independent grocer's profit margin is so slim that Baltimore's bottled-beverage tax may be to blame for the pending demise of Santoni's Supermarket, industry experts said Monday.



  • Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Sells 28 Stores in Hybrid Deal Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Sells 28 Stores in Hybrid Deal - Progressive Grocer
    Sep 12, 2013

    Another signficant development that will further alter the pressure-cooker Southeastern U.S. supermarket scene has been revealed with Charleston, S.C.-based Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co.'s hybrid deal to sell 28 corporate stores to two different retailers, 22 of which will be sold to Bi-Lo Holdings LLC – parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie...



  • Fresh & Easy 'Potential Windfall' for Yucaipa? Fresh & Easy 'Potential Windfall' for Yucaipa? - Progressive Grocer
    Sep 12, 2013

    The Yucaipa Companies LLC is purchasing Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market from United Kingdom-based Tesco PLC, and plans to retool the operation into a more successful format. Just what that format will be – and its potential for success – is up for debate.



  • Harris Teeter to be acquired by Kroger in $2.5 billion deal Harris Teeter to be acquired by Kroger in $2.5 billion deal - Baltimore News
    Jul 30, 2013

    Kroger Co.'s planned acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. will allow it to capitalize on Harris Teeter’s growing presence in the Baltimore-Washington market, but consumers will see few, if any, changes in existing stores.



  • Wegmans 101: Industry observers reflect Industry observers reflect upon the art and science of Wegmans - SupermarketNews.com
    May 17, 2013

    While Wegmans' measured store growth — it averages around two to four new stores a year — doesn't result in sudden catastrophe for a market, its effects are there from the start, observers say.



  • Food-A-Rama on wikipedia.org Food-A-Rama on wikipedia.org - Wikipedia.com
    May, 2013

    Food-a-rama, a local Baltimore chain, bought the Prince George's Plaza Grand Union store along with other Grand Union and Basics stores in Maryland and D.C. in 1984



  • H&S plans expanded Whole Foods, department store, apartments... Industry observers reflect upon the art and science of Wegmans - BaltimoreSun.com
    May 10, 2013

    H&S Properties Development Corp. plans to push its Harbor East development east across Central Avenue with an expanded Whole Foods Market, a possible department store and apartments on two sites, baker-turned-developer John Paterakis Sr. said Friday.



  • Harris Teeter confirms possible sale Industry observers reflect upon the art and science of Wegmans - RetailDive.com
    Feb 15, 2013

    On Wednesday, Harris Teeter announced that two private equity firms had "expressed an interest in purchasing the company" and had retained J.P. Morgan as a financial advisor...



  • Harris Teeter confirms it's open to sale Harris Teeter confirms it's open to sale - Equities.com
    Feb 14, 2013

    As Matthews-based Harris Teeter confirmed Wednesday that it is exploring a sale of the company, analysts and industry watchers speculated that a private equity fund or rival grocer could buy some or all of the company.



  • Harris Teeter Mulls Sale of Chain: Report Harris Teeter Considering Chain Sale: Report - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Feb 13, 2013

    Regional supermarket chain Harris Teeter is considering a sale, according to published reports. The Matthews, N.C.-based company has confirmed the hiring of New York-based J.P. Morgan Securities LLC to help it discuss "strategic alternatives" with "certain parties," but cautioned...



  • Harris Teeter Considering Chain Sale: Report Harris Teeter Considering Chain Sale: Report - Grocery.com
    Jan 18, 2013

    According to various reports, retailer Harris Teeter is said to be mulling over a sale. The regional grocery and supermarket chain is said to have hired J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to investigate its options. The chain has refused to comment, citing its policy not to comment on speculated matters.



  • Harris Teeter Confirms It's Exploring Sale of Company Harris Teeter Confirms It's Exploring Sale of Company - CharlotteObserver.com
    Jan 18, 2013

    As Matthews-based Harris Teeter confirmed Wednesday that it is exploring a sale of the company, analysts and industry watchers speculated that a private equity fund or rival grocer could buy some or all of the company.



  • Magruder's Selling All Locations Magruder's Selling All Locations - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Jan 16, 2013

    The current owners of Magruder's, a five-store Washington, D.C.-area supermarket chain that's been in continuous operation for 138 years, have sold one store and are in negotiations to sell the remaining locations.



2012 »

  • Grocery Store Wars Grocery Store Wars - WYPR
    Nov 14, 2012

    With Thanksgiving just about a week away, we thought we’d talk about shopping for the big meal central to the holiday, and survey the ever-changing supermarket scene in Baltimore and central Maryland. Food prices have climbed considerably in the last two years...



  • Shoppers Co-founder Dies Shoppers Co-founder Dies - Progressive Grocer
    Jul 13, 2012

    Kenneth "Ken" Herman, who, with his older brother, Irving, founded what ultimately became the Shoppers Food & Pharmacy supermarket chain in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia, has died at the age of 92. The Washington, D.C., native passed away on June 21...



  • Shalom's Strictly Kosher Plans Move to Kemp Mill Shalom's Strictly Kosher plans move to Kemp Mill - WashingtonJewishWeek.com
    Jun 29, 2012

    Shalom Strictly Kosher, a longtime fixture on University Boulevard in Wheaton, plans to open a store in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. The new location will be the current site of Magruder's...



  • Operators Struggle With Acquired A&P Stores Operators Struggle With Acquired A&P Stores - SupermarketNews.com
    Apr 2, 2012

    Making it in Maryland has proven more difficult than expected for two relatively new names here. Village Super Markets and Natural Market Restaurant Group, which teamed to put together a winning bid for 10 stores when A&P's SuperFresh sites in the area went on the auction block last year...



2011 »

  • U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman: 'We're a Generation That's Literally Blessed' U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman: 'We're a Generation That's Literally Blessed' - Food World Magazine
    Oct 24, 2011

    The independent Connecticut senator was the keynote speaker during the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Midatlantic Chapter benefit held Sunday in Pikesville...



  • Five New Inductees To Enter Maryland Food Industry Hall Of Fame Five New Inductees To Enter Maryland Food Industry Hall Of Fame - Food World
    Oct 13, 2011

    Five notables from the food industry will make up the ninth class to be inducted into the Maryland Food Industry Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees are: Bruce Bereano, Maryland lobbyist; Bob Burris, Burris Retail Logistics; William Hupfeldt, Esskay; Roy Marks, Shoppers/Food-A-Rama; and Jeff Metzger, Best-Met Publishing Co.



  • Jewish Grocers Museum Event Jewish Grocers Museum Event - Food World Magazine
    October, 2011

    The Jewish Museum of Maryland last month hosted an event to spotlight its recent Jewish Grocers/Food Companies of Baltimore exhibit. Among those attending were Sonia Diamond (l) of Food-A-Rama Supermarkets, and Howard Saval of Saval Foods.



  • 'Yossele the Shoemaker' Of Lombard Street Prepares for Shabbos - Baltimore, 1922 "Yossele the Shoemaker" Of Lombard Street Prepares for Shabbos - Baltimore, 1922 - BaltimoreJewishLife.com
    Sep 9, 2011

    Baltimore, MD - Sept 9 - Last night I gave a presentation at the Baltimore Jewish Museum covering the history of Jewish owned food businesses from the early 1900's to the present. It was part of the current display at the museum on the theme "Voices of Lombard Street."



  • In & Around Food World In & Around Food World - Food World Magazine
    Sep 2011

    On September 19 and 20, in Orlando, FL the Network of Executive Women (NEW) will celebrate the group's 10th anniversary by honoring the organization's first inductees into its CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame and raise money for the next generation of industry leaders.



  • Podcast Interview Podcast Interview
    Jul 1, 2011

    Follow the link above to listen to Podcast Interview



  • Baltimore-area grocery stores battle for shoppers Baltimore-area grocery stores battle for shoppers - Baltimore Business Journal
    Jun 1, 2011

    The 50-year-old Homeland resident does the bulk of her grocery shopping at the Giant supermarket in the Rotunda shopping center in Hampden. The store is close to Hofmann's home...



  • An analysis of 10 key Supervalu retail markets illustrates the company's struggles An analysis of 10 key Supervalu retail markets illustrates the company's struggles - SupermarketNews.com
    Apr 25, 2011

    S FANS of the HBO series "The Wire" know, the bodies are always falling in Baltimore, keeping the homicide detectives plenty busy. Now the supermarket industry is in the game. The latest victims are A&P's SuperFresh stores, many of which have been placed up for sale in Baltimore and the surrounding region. The question is...



  • Superfresh parent wants to sell 22 Maryland stores Superfresh parent wants to sell 22 Maryland stores - BaltimoreSun.com
    Apr 13, 2011

    In a move that could signal the end of the Superfresh grocery store franchise in Maryland, the chain's parent company, which operates more than two dozen stores in the state, said Wednesday it wants to sell most of its local outlets as part of a plan...



  • Community Members Greet Mayoral Candidate Community Members Greet Mayoral Candidate - BaltimoreJewishLife.com
    Apr 5, 2011

    Fifty people attended the event hosted by Israel "Elgy" Elgamil to discuss the future of the city and learn first hand the background, experience and plans Otis Rolley has, should he become Mayor.



  • PriceRite to Open 1st Maryland Store PriceRite to Open 1st Maryland Store - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Mar 8, 2011

    PriceRite's inaugural Maryland store is set to open in the Woodlawn section of Baltimore on Sunday, March 13 at 8 a.m. A formal ceremony marking the debut of the 37,000-square-foot location at...



  • Giant food workers worry about job losses at Jessup facility Giant food workers worry about job losses at Jessup facility - BaltimoreSun.com
    Feb 27, 2011

    Hundreds of workers at Giant Food distribution center in Jessup worry that their jobs are in danger because a New Hampshire company will take over operations of the facility next month.



  • Supervalu-owned Stores to Close in Maryland Supervalu-owned Stores to Close in Maryland - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Feb 12, 2011

    Two Shoppers Food and Pharmacy stores in Maryland’s Baltimore County are set to close their doors permanently by the end of February, along with an Acme store in Harford County, according to published reports. The Shoppers locations are in Owings Mills and Timonium, while the Acme store is in Fallston.



  • The Fresh Market, Mars moving in closed SuperFresh locations The Fresh Market, Mars moving in closed SuperFresh locations - BaltimoreSun.com
    Jan 19, 2011

    SuperFresh didn't think certain stores in the Baltimore market were worth keeping open, but competing supermarkets have a different feeling. The Fresh Market and Mars will take over two of the closed SuperFresh locations later this year.



  • My Friend Abe Diamond z''l My Friend Abe Diamond z"l - BaltimoreJewishLife.com
    Jan 17, 2011

    Abe Diamond, z"l, passed away 26 years ago today, 13 Shvat. I still miss him - his humility - his guidance - his intelligence - his warmth - his sense of humor - the list can go on and on.



2010 »

  • United Fresh Study Finds Vegetable Sales Up United Fresh Study Finds Vegetable Sales Up - ThePacker.com
    Dec 8, 2010

    U.S. fresh vegetable dollar sales rose 3.1% during the third quarter and consumers bought more lettuce, onions and peppers, while fruit sales gained 2.2%, according to a report from the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.



  • Wal-Mart gets small to break into big cities Wal-Mart gets small to break into big cities - ThePacker.com
    Sep 22, 2010

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to step up expansion efforts in large U.S. cities, adding smaller-format neighborhood stores offering fresh foods to prop up sagging sales.



  • Six Inductees To Enter Maryland Food Industry Hall Of Fame Six Inductees To Enter Maryland Food Industry Hall Of Fame - Food World Magazine
    Sep, 2010

    Six notables from the food industry will make up the eighth class to be inducted into the Maryland Food Industry Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are: Don Bennett (Richfood); Anthony D’Anna (Mars Super Markets); Paul Diamond (Food-A-Rama)...



  • title Shoppers Food & Pharmacy Moving to New HQ - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Aug 8, 2010

    Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, currently based in Lanham, Md., will relocate its corporate headquarters to Bowie, Md., this October, according to a published report. The grocer’s new offices will be within the Maryland Science and Technology Center, a 466-acre business campus that, when finished, will offer 3 million square feet of office space, retail stores, shops and restaurants.



  • Target benefits from fresh food, CEO says Target benefits from fresh food, CEO says - ThePacker.com
    Jun 14, 2010

    Gregg Steinhafel, Target Corp.'s chief executive officer, said adding fresh food has benefited Target. Target opened PFresh food departments in 108 stores last year and plans to add another 350 this year, the Minneapolis-based company said previously.



  • Quality key to Wal-Mart's success in meat: consultant Quality key to Wal-Mart's success in meat: consultant - Meatingplace.com
    Jun 14, 2010

    With Wal-Mart and Target ramping up their perishable food offerings, Meatingplace asked food industry consultant Jeremy Diamond, of the Diamond Group in Baltimore, to discuss the implications for the meat industry.



  • Wal-Mart plans price cut expansion in slump Wal-Mart plans price cut expansion in slump - ThePacker.com
    May 18, 2010

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to expand price cuts on food and other grocery items as the world's biggest retailer tries to stop a sales slide that's reached four consecutive quarters.



  • Giant to outsource dry-goods operation Giant to outsource dry-goods operation - Baltimoresun.com
    Apr 9, 2010

    Giant Food, the region's largest grocery chain, announced Thursday that is outsourcing its dry-goods distribution business to a Jessup firm. The Landover-based grocer said Jessup Logistics LLC, an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, will take over...



  • Kosher supermarket plans to become nation's largest Kosher supermarket plans to become nation's largest - Baltimoresun.com
    Mar 4, 2010

    Seven Mile Market, a kosher supermarket in Pikesville that has drawn Jewish residents and others from around the region, plans to move and double in size - likely making it the largest operation of its kind in the nation.



2009 »

  • INDUSTRY EVENTS/ETHNIC PRODUCTS: An Attendee’s View of Kosherfest INDUSTRY EVENTS/ETHNIC PRODUCTS: An Attendee’s View of Kosherfest - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Nov 9, 2009

    There was an air of excitement, a feeling of pride and a hunger for innovation at Kosherfest 2009, which took place Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. The event showcased not only the biggest and best kosher products from around the world, but also the newest kosher products on the market.



  • Snyder's to acquire Utz in merger of Pa. neighbors Snyder's to acquire Utz in merger of Pa. neighbors - Baltimoresun.com
    Oct 23, 2009

    For almost a century, two homegrown companies have dominated the small Pennsylvania town of Hanover: Snyder's, famous for its pretzels, and Utz, an expert in potato chips. Sometimes the family-owned companies competed with new products, but for the most part, they co-existed - until this week.



  • Grocery Store Maven Grocery Store Maven - Allbusiness.com
    Aug 28, 2009

    Jeremy Diamond approaches supermarkets a little differently than the rest of us. When Jeremy Diamond goes grocery shopping, he's not just squeezing fruit or checking for expiration dates. The 33-year-old Cheswolde resident is looking for...



  • Safeway lowers prices Safeway lowers prices - Baltimoresun.com
    Aug 12, 2009

    Safeway is slashing the prices on thousands of items in its stores as the region's grocery market becomes more competitive and consumers look for deals to survive the recession.



  • Save our supermarkets: two regional chains cope with economic change Save our supermarkets: two regional chains cope with economic change - Drugstorenews.com
    Aug 10, 2009

    RICHMOND, Va. - Since its founding in 1937, Ukrop's hasn't had to play by anyone's rules but its own. Although Sunday is the busiest shopping day of the week, customers looking to buy groceries at one of the supermarket pharmacy...



  • Ukrop's Deal Could Be Done in Weeks: Source Ukrop's Deal Could Be Done in Weeks: Source - SupermarketNews.com
    Jul 16, 2009

    RICHMOND, Va. - Ukrop's, the iconic family-run supermarket chain founded here 72 years ago, could be sold within weeks, sources told SN Wednesday. The family that runs the 28-store chain is currently in talks with multiple...



  • Ukrop's Might Go up for Sale: Report On Ukrop's Might Go up for Sale: Report On - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Jul 14, 2009

    Ukrop's Supermarkets is considering buyers for a potential sell-off of its stores, with Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter said to be one of the frontrunners, according to published reports.



  • B. Green & Co. launches Web site B. Green & Co. launches Web site - GourmetNews.com
    Jul 1, 2009

    BALTIMORE, Md.-B. Green & Co., a family-owned and operated wholesale food company based here, launched its Web site, www.bgreenco.com, in April. The site features information on B. Green products, the company's two Food Depot Retail Supermarkets and more.



  • Great Use Great Use - JewishTimes.com
    Apr 3, 2009

    Great article on Ohr Hamizrach. The shul’s stone house (opposite the new shul building) that has been used for a long while to serve as a temporary shul for the Iranian community has some interesting history.



2008 »

  • Baltimore Votes Down Plastic Bag Ban Baltimore Votes Down Plastic Bag Ban - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Jul 23, 2008

    Grocery stores opposed the bill on the grounds that paper bags cost more, and also create litter. A proposed law that would have made Baltimore the second U.S. city to ban plastic bags at grocery stores and other...



  • Mars Super Markets Head Said Leaving Mars Super Markets Head Said Leaving - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Jun 18, 2008

    Vito D'Anna, c.e.o. of the Baltimore-area Mars Super Markets chain, has apparently resigned from the company this month, citing "personal reasons," according to a local source. D'Anna became head of the...



  • Grocery Store History Grocery Store History - Baltimore Examiner Newspaper
    May 28, 2008

    Monumental events like World War II or 9/11 affect all of us. However, small "h" history can affect us more closely than the big "H" historical events do. Quite often, the routines of our daily lives reflect these phenomena and we are mostly oblivious to it. One of these routines is grocery shopping. Whether we know it or not...



2007 »

  • Baltimore retail chain looks for potential suitors Baltimore retail chain looks for potential suitors - ThePacker.com
    Dec 10, 2007

    Mars Supermarkets Inc., Glen Burie, Md., is on the auction block, according to an area retail consultant. eremy Diamond of The Diamond Group, Baltimore, Md., said the Brussels,Belgium-based Delhaize Group and...



  • Supervalu, Delhaize Said Eying Stalwart Baltimore Grocer Supervalu, Delhaize Said Eying Stalwart Baltimore Grocer - ProgressiveGrocer.com
    Nov 29, 2007

    Could Supervalu and Delhaize be eyeing Mars? Industry speculation has it that Mars Super Markets, a longtime presence in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. markets...



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  • Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Supervalu.com Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Supervalu.com

    What is Metro? Combines high quality and service with low prices – targeted at busy shoppers. Emphasis on best selection of perishables in the marketplace. "Take Away Café" offers gourmet meals ready to heat and serve. Full service banks, pharmacies and 24 hour operations at many Metro locations...



  • Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Groceteria.com Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Groceteria.com

    Note that this is not an exhaustive list of every supermarket chain ever, nor even of most of them. It is a work in progress. There is more attention to North Carolina and California, because these are the areas I know. I'm also more interested in LARGER regional and national chains and chains with some HISTORY...



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  • Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Rite Aid History Website Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Rite Aid History Website

    In 1985 Rite Aid focused less on acquisitions than on internally generated growth. While Rite Aid that year acquired four Midland Valley Drug stores in Midland, Michigan, and eight State Vitamin discount stores in Lansing, Michigan, it opened five stores of its own, moving into the deep-discount drug market with the company's Drug Palace. Rite Aid further penetrated new markets by opening video rental departments in more than 160 of its drugstores...



  • Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Answers.com Food-A-Rama Supermarkets: Answers.com

    Food-A-Rama was a Baltimore, Maryland based supermarket chain of 48 stores. The stores were located in Maryland and Washington, DC. They consisted of Food-A-Rama, Super-Super, Cost-Saver Warehouse, and Basics Food Warehouse stores. When the company was sold in 1985 to Super Rite Foods of PA, it was the second largest supermarket chain in Baltimore, MD behind Giant Food...






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