SpartanNash has released its financial report for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 this week, noting an increase in net sales driven by growth in the food distribution and organic segments. In response to the growth, the company plans to invest 50 percent of its tax reform savings into associates and programs as a means to strengthen its standing in the retail running.
Witnessing continued progress in its key strategic initiatives, SpartanNash experienced sales growth in food distribution, which the company attributed to its expanding relationships with existing customers and drive of new business. Other fourth quarter results included:
Fiscal Year 2017 results included:
“We ended 2017 with the Company positioned for growth despite the ever-evolving retail landscape,” David Staples, President and Chief Executive Officer, said in a press release. “During the year, we expanded our food distribution customer base and private brand offerings, diversified our sales channels, continued optimizing certain aspects of our supply chain, and invested in both the Caito management team and our retail store base. While the retail environment remains challenging, we are focused on capitalizing on our growth opportunities and leveraging our differentiated business model to drive sales and profitability. We continue to take actions that we believe will enhance the convenience and value that we provide our customers and continue to see positive results from our investments. To enhance this momentum, we intend to invest approximately 50% of our tax reform savings in our associates and programs designed to improve our competitive position.”
Moving into the new fiscal year, SpartanNash is anticipating year-over-year sales growth to continue in the food distribution segment, and is expecting an improvement in retail stores’ comparable sales as it works to position new offerings. SpartanNash will also continue to pilot and test innovative concepts and incorporate the learnings into its retail operations and distribution customer offerings as a means to leverage itself as a retail competitor.
To see the full fiscal report, click here.
Will SpartanNash’s 2018 investments bear fruit for the company’s continued growth plans? Deli Market News will continue to report with the latest.