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FTC Sues to Block Massive Grocery Merger

Kroger and Albertsons want to merge in the biggest such deal in US history

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission sued to block a proposed merger between grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons, reports the AP , saying the $24.6 billion deal would eliminate competition and lead to higher prices for millions of Americans. The FTC filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Oregon on Monday....

US Food Chain Rides Heavily on Backs of Prison Labor
US Food Chain Rides Heavily
on Backs of Prison Labor

US Food Chain Rides Heavily on Backs of Prison Labor

Major companies are making bank off forced labor: AP

(Newser) - In a sweeping two-year investigation, the AP found that goods linked to the forced labor of US prisoners wind up in the supply chains of a dizzying array of products, from Frosted Flakes cereal and Ball Park hot dogs to Gold Medal flour and Coca-Cola beverages. They're on the...

America's No. 2, No. 4 Grocery Chains Plan Merger

Antitrust regulators will be looking closely at proposed Kroger's, Albertsons merger

(Newser) - Seven years after Albertsons bought Safeway, Kroger is planning to acquire Albertsons in a deal that would create a grocery giant almost big enough to knock Walmart out of the No. 1 spot. Kroger is currently No. 2, and it would likely remain so under the proposed merger: The two...

Stores Now Able to Up Prices of at-Home COVID Tests

3-month White House agreement with Walgreens, Kroger, Amazon has expired

(Newser) - It's pretty impossible to find an at-home COVID test in many places. More expensive, too. A three-month agreement the Biden administration made with Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger to sell at-home COVID tests at cost—$14, reports the Wall Street Journal —expired last month. "This is ... up to...

Kroger Cuts a Key Benefit for Unvaccinated Workers

They'll no longer receive COVID sick pay

(Newser) - To boost employee vaccination rates earlier this year, Kroger used the carrot—a $100 bonus for every fully vaccinated worker. Now, it's going for the stick. The grocery giant says it will end some benefits for unvaccinated employees and bring in insurance surcharges as of Jan. 1, the New ...

FTC Orders Walmart, Amazon to Explain 'Sky-High Prices'

9 companies asked to turn over information on supply chain woes

(Newser) - Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger will have 45 days to answer to the Federal Trade Commission for their "empty shelves and sky-high prices." With the holiday shopping season now underway, the FTC has ordered nine large retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers including Procter & Gamble Co., Tyson Foods, Kraft Heinz...

Tennessee Shooter Was a 3rd-Party Vendor

Police ID Kroger gunman as 29-year-old Uk Thang

(Newser) - More pieces are coming together after Thursday's mass shooting at a Tennessee Kroger, including the identity of the gunman. Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane says authorities are "getting a clearer picture of what occurred," including on 29-year-old Uk Thang, whom they've IDed as the shooter, per...

They Tried to Flee the Kroger Gunman. He Followed Them

'He kept on shooting, shooting, shooting,' a cashier says after shooting in Collierville, Tenn.

(Newser) - One person is dead and 14 are injured after what's believed to be at least the third supermarket shooting in the US this year. Now more details are trickling out, including the identity of the person fatally shot Thursday at a Kroger in Collierville, Tenn., Thursday. Relatives have IDed...

Police: Two Dead, 12 Injured at Tennessee Supermarket

Shooter is among the dead at Kroger

(Newser) - Police in Collierville, Tennessee, say a gunman opened fire at a Kroger supermarket Thursday. At least two people are dead—including the shooter—and another 12 people are injured, reports USA Today and CNN . The shooter is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot, per the AP . The town...

Loud Music Allegedly Led to Black Man's Death

Unlicensed gas station security guard charged with shooting Alvin Motley Jr. in Memphis

(Newser) - A Black man who traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to visit with his niece and nephew ended up dead at a Kroger gas station where he was allegedly shot by a security guard upset about his loud music. That's according to an affidavit claiming 54-year-old Gregory Livingston, who is white,...

Disney, Walmart Change Vaccination Rules

Companies want to see more masks worn, as well

(Newser) - Walmart is requiring all workers at its headquarters, as well as its managers who travel within the US, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4. The retailer also is reversing its mask policy for its employees in stores, clubs, distribution facilities, and warehouses, the AP reports. Going forward, they...

Kroger Store Mistakenly Gives Blank COVID Shots

Syringes were empty, but all affected customers have since gotten proper vaccinations

(Newser) - Navigating the online registration to get a COVID shot can be challenging enough. Some people in Virginia got through, only to receive a shot filled with ... nothing. A Kroger store in Chesterfield County had to notify a small number of people that the syringes used in their vaccinations were empty,...

Kroger Is Closing More Stores Over Hazard Pay Issue

This time the grocery store chain is shuttering stores in Seattle

(Newser) - Kroger is closing two more stores, this time in Seattle, rather than providing workers with hazard pay. A law that went into effect this month in the city requires grocery stores of a certain size to pay workers an extra $4 per hour amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN reports. As...

Told to Provide 'Hero's Pay,' Kroger Opts to Close 2 Stores

Says it will close Ralphs, Food 4 Less locations in Long Beach instead

(Newser) - The attempt of Long Beach, Calif., to provide grocery store workers with "hero's pay" is ending with two of the city's grocery stores being permanently shut. NPR reports the Long Beach City Council passed an ordinance last month that requires certain large grocery stores to pay local...

Cops: Teen Employee Stole Almost $1M in 2 Weeks
Cops: Teen Kroger Worker
Stole $980K in 2 Weeks
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Cops: Teen Kroger Worker Stole $980K in 2 Weeks

Georgia teen created fake returns, police say

(Newser) - When the person in charge of flagging fraudulent transactions at an Atlanta-area Kroger grocery store went on vacation for two weeks, a teen employee apparently saw it as the chance of a lifetime. Police in Gwinnett County say 19-year-old Tre Brown stole more than $980,000 in two weeks in...

Hog Farmers Face 'Gut-Wrenching' Decision
Meat Shortage Affecting
One Fast-Food Chain's Menus

Meat Shortage Affecting One Fast-Food Chain's Menus

Some Wendy's locations don't have burgers

(Newser) - Despite President Trump's executive order dictating that meat processing plants stay open , the specter of meat shortages is being felt across the US—and customers of at least one fast-food chain are taking notice. Bloomberg notes that Wendy's has long advertised itself as offering hamburgers made from fresh...

5 Grocery Workers Die in Michigan
5 Grocery Workers
Die in Michigan

5 Grocery Workers Die in Michigan

Some 30 employees have died nationwide, with many more exposed

(Newser) - Five grocery store workers have succumbed to COVID-19 in Michigan. Kroger confirmed four employees at separate locations in metro Detroit (Northville, Troy, Grosse Pointe, and Livonia) had died, while Meijer confirmed the death of a worker at an undisclosed location. "These are believed to be the first known deaths...

More Retailers to Stop Sales of E-Cigarettes

Kroger, Walgreen cite regulatory uncertainty

(Newser) - Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the US amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping. Supermarket chain Kroger and drugstore chain Walgreen announced Monday they would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide, citing an uncertain regulatory environment, the AP reports. The vaping industry has...

Kroger: No More Open Carry in Our Stores
Kroger Makes a
Big Change on Guns

Kroger Makes a Big Change on Guns

Grocery chain doesn't want customers openly carrying in its stores anymore

(Newser) - On the same day Walmart made its big change regarding guns , Kroger made its own move: The grocery store chain no longer wants to be a place where "open carry" is OK. "Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than...

How Toys R Us Has 'Risen From the Grave'

You'll find Geoffrey's Toy Box in hundreds of Kroger-owned stores nationwide

(Newser) - In March Toys R Us announced it was closing for good and leaving 33,000 people out of work. But the Washington Post reports on the toy retailer's "complicated comeback," saying it has come "crawling back" from what looked to be a certain demise. Geoffrey (the...

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