Family Dollar will phase in several new private brands that will be more relevant to the retailer's shopper base and focus on offering a similar quality to national brands at a value, said Bob Sasser, CEO of Family Dollar parent Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will also remodel 250 stores this year to expand food, beverage, snack, cooler and freezer space, speed up checkout and make endcaps more productive.
Amazon's two Seattle AmazonFresh Pickup spots are now open to Amazon Prime members. The stores, which previously were only available to Amazon employees, let online grocery shoppers set a time to pick up their purchases via curbside delivery.
Inserra Supermarkets-owned ShopRite has added local produce offerings at its 22 New York and New Jersey stores. The move is part of the retailer's commitment to offering fresh foods, as well as its strategy to reduce its impact on the environment.
Beyond Meat will see its plant-based Beyond Burgers in meat cases at 280 Safeway locations across California, Nevada and Hawaii. The pea protein-based burgers are said to match the flavor and sizzle of traditional beef-based burgers and have proven sales at Whole Foods Markets, said CEO Ethan Brown.
Whole Foods Market will open its first standalone restaurant next to one of its stores in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood next month. The fast-casual eatery, dubbed The Roast, will offer Brazilian-style grilled meats and feature seasonal menus and digital kiosks for ordering.
Australian winemaker Seppeltsfield is opening a $75 million chateau in China to promote sales of its wines there. Located in Henan Province, the facility is designed as a tasting and tourism hub, but it could also become a bottling facility in the future.
Total Wine & More is attempting to compete strongly on prices after opening six stores in the Houston area. A quick survey of wine prices finds that Total Wine was cheaper than competitors by $2-$3 for the same wines.
The wine industry is moving to meet increased demand among US consumers for wines in the $10 to $20 per bottle price range, with the market for grapes in this segment driving prices higher. Wine grapes that can meet this demand, such as petite sirah and pinot noir, are experiencing both acreage and price increases.
Fla. Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed the bill that would have allowed stores to sell spirits in the same part of the stores as other grocery items, instead of in a separate area. Big box stores that were proponents of the bill said they will continue efforts to change the law, despite the loss this week.
A new law in South Carolina makes it clear that breweries also can sell spirits if they have a liquor license. It also allows brewers and distillers to donate products and use of their equipment to charitable endeavors.
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