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Grocery sales increased 8.3% in June, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau — a solid month’s performance for the industry.
But that result masks what’s become a very turbulent shopping landscape. Consumers are feeling battered from rising prices and changing their habits as a result. Research shows they’re buying more private labels, condensing trips and eating more at home.
They’re also venturing toward discount stores. Scott Patton, Aldi’s vice president of national buying for the U.S., recently told Insider the chain saw 2.5 million new customers shop from their stores. Most of those were middle- and high-income consumers, he noted.
That could spell trouble for traditional grocers that aren’t always known for having the lowest prices