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Joseph Bivona has been named

new executive director of Saint

Joseph’s University Academy of

Food Marketing replacing Bob

Higgins, who announced his re-

tirement earlier this year after an

eight-year run as executive direc-

tor. Bivona will begin his new job

later this month.

As executive director, Bivona

will lead recruitment, placement

and expansion strategies for the

academy, which supports the

Erivan K. Haub School of Busi-

Two of the Northeast’s larg-

est retailers, Ahold Delhaize and

Weis Markets, posted strong

earnings in their respective sec-

ond quarters ended last month.

At Ahold Delhaize, the Amster-

dam-based merchant said that an

improvement in sales and merg-

er synergies helped create higher

margins and improved profits.

And at Sunbury, PA-based

Weis, the publicly-traded close-

ly-held operator continued its

strong overall performance which

began in 2014. In the 13-week

period, Weis’ operating income

increased 15.2 percent to $27.7

million compared to $24.1 mil-

lion for the same period in 2016.

The retailer’s second quarter net

income increased 21.0 percent to

$18.5 million while earnings per

share totaled $0.69 compared to

$0.57 in 2016.

Aided by the acquisition of 38

former Food Lion units and five

Mars Super Markets last year, the

regional chain saw overall sales

climb 20 percent $876.6 million

compared to $730.4 million for

the same period in 2016. Weis

second quarter comparable store

sales, adjusted down for the Eas-

ter holiday shift, increased 2.7


“Our comparable stores have

now increased for the 13th con-

secutive quarter,” said Weis Mar-

kets chairman and CEO Jonathan

Weis. “During this period our

sales and net income benefited

from the strong performance of

our pharmacy and deli-food ser-

vice departments, sustained and

varied promotions throughout

our seven-state market area and

increased store level efficiencies

and expense controls.”

For the 26-week period ended

July 1, 2017, sales increased 17.7

percent to $1.7 billion compared

to the same period in 2016 while

comparable store sales were up

1.7 percent. Operating income

totaled $48.0 million compared to

$55.3 million in 2016.

“They’re on a good run right

now,” said an executive with a

large supermarket chain which

competes with Weis. “Jonathan

and Kurt (Schertle) are providing



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A federal judge in Richmond has denied Kroger’s injunction request for

new market entry Lidl to stop selling items in its “Preferred Selection” brand.

Kroger originally filed suit early last month, claiming that the German-owned

discounter’s private label name too closely resembled its own “Private Selec-

tion” label.

Kroger asserted that the close resemblance of the names would cause

confusion for customers and allow Lidl to compete unfairly with Kroger

because customers could assume that the two brands are associated with

one another.

However, late last month in Richmond, VA, U.S. District Judge John A.

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All smiles for our camera are (l-r): Michael Bozzuto, Bozzuto’s;

Spencer An and Edward Suh, Bogopa; and Steve Heggelke, Bozzuto’s.

More pictures are on pages 12 and 13.

Former Time Inc. Executive Will Replace Higgins

Bivona Named As Exec Director

Of SJU’s Academy Of Food Mktg.

Synergies Help Dutch Retailer; Comps Up For 13th Straight Quarter In Sunbury, PA

Deflation Abates, Weis Markets,

Ahold Delhaize Post Profit Gains





by Jeff Metzger

Lidl Holds Serve In Kroger’s Attempt To Stop

Sale Of Private Label Items; Trial Set For Jan.

Vol. 73 No. 8 MANUFACTURER/DSD ISSUE August 2017


continues on page 6


Food Trade



Happy Customers Attend

Weaver’s Of Wellsville

2017 Trade Show


Huge Opening At New

113,000 SF Wegmans In

Hanover Township, NJ



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