Yogurt retail sales remained depressed.  Year-to-date, through Q3 2017, sales volume was down -5.3 percent. This volume decline continues the softer sales trend observed for yogurt in the latter half of 2016. Certain  yogurt segments continue to see strong growth. Contributing the largest volume to growth are yogurt drinks (up 16.5%)  and whole fat yogurts (up 20.5%).

Quarterly Top Line – Yogurt_Q3 2017

DMI Quarterly Yogurt Snapshot – Q3 2017

New Bristol Farms store features food hall format

Bristol Farms has debuted a new store format in Woodland Hills, Calif., focused around a food hall that offers goods from hundreds of local vendors. The 25,000-square-foot store also includes a wine and spirits cave and a cafe called The Daily, which serves Intazza coffee.

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Ahold Delhaize is suspending its Bfresh banner

Ahold Delhaize is suspending its Bfresh banner of smaller-format, urban-focused grocery stores. The chain will close its 3,700-sq. ft. Everything Fresh store in Philadelphia, PA, which was opened as a prototype for the smaller-format stores, and its Bfresh store in Brighton, MA. Ahold plans to integrate the Bfresh brand in the Boston, MA, area with its Stop & Shop banner, reported Philly.com.

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Schwan’s Co. created Schwan’s Strategic Partner Solutions

Schwan’s Co. created Schwan’s Strategic Partner Solutions, a business unit focused on growing the company’s private-label and contract-packing businesses with select retailers and manufacturers. Pizza will be a focus for the unit, but other products will include ice cream, pies, snacks and appetizers, smoothies, sauces and aluminum packaging. Joe Pacinelli will lead the unit.

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