Hy-Vee will open a store under a new super-sized convenience store format featuring a Market Grill restaurant, a Starbucks coffee shop, prepared meals and a smaller selection of its produce, meat, dairy and other traditional grocery options. The store will be about 8,880 square feet and will join the retailer's convenience store roster that already includes 142 smaller c-stores.
Ahold Delhaize is marking the first anniversary of its merger with a video and infographic that highlight the combined retailer's 21 banners that host 50 million shoppers each week at 6,500 stores spanning 11 countries. The retailer has also made strides in e-commerce, where 8 million of its customers have spent about $2.6 billion on groceries they can pick up at 484 locations.
About 43% of consumers who shop at Whole Foods Market and Amazon are happy about Amazon's proposed purchase of Whole Foods, according to a survey by market research firm GfK. Whole Foods shoppers are above average when it comes to Amazon shopping, with three-quarters of the grocer's customers making one or more purchases on Amazon in the last month, compared with 50% of those who don't shop at Whole Foods, and half of Whole Foods shoppers subscribing to Amazon Prime, compared with 37% of overall US consumers, the survey found.
Forty-five percent of Irish whiskey is exported to the US, Ireland Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said during a Chicago trade showcase this month. Ireland's Bord Bia agency focuses on flavor complexity, native personality and maturity in its whiskey development efforts, in a plan to further grow Irish whiskey's presence in the US market.
Gruppo Campari sold its Carolans Irish Cream and Irish Mist liqueur and whiskey brands to Kentucky-based Heaven Hill for $165 million. The sale was part of a move to focus on priority brands including Aperol, Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz said.
The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously denied Spirited Sales' request to distribute liquor in the state. Indiana does not allow wholesalers to distribute both beer and liquor, and the court ruled that Spirited Sales was not sufficiently distinct from affiliated beer distributor Monarch Beverage.
City Council members in Shreveport, La., are considering revising local liquor laws to allow businesses besides restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. Members of Shreveport's Public Safety Committee are working on changes to the ordinance, which the Council will vote on once complete.
The Singapore Food Innovation Cluster and South Australia Food Innovation Centre will collaborate on ways to improve their food manufacturing industries. The memorandum of understanding will include work on product development, technology and packaging.
India's high tomato prices have caused administrators of the Devi Ahilya Bai Holker market to appoint armed guards to protect shipments in Madhya Pradesh. The development follows reports of tomato thefts elsewhere in India amid rising prices.
Consumers should avoid eating Maradol papayas due to concerns over a deadly Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 47 people in 12 states so far. Although Caribena brand papayas have been specifically linked to the outbreak, consumers have been advised to discard any Maradol papayas as a precaution.
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