Amazon has plans to open up to six of its Amazon Go concept convenience stores in the coming year, according to reports. Seattle and Los Angeles are reportedly in the running for locations of the store, with Amazon identifying three possible sites in its hometown of Seattle.
Natural grocers are feeling optimistic about their opportunities, with 96% saying they expect sales to grow or stay the same in the coming year, according to a survey by WholeFoods Magazine and Readex Research. Strong sales also are prompting store expansion, with 16% saying they had expanded in the past year and 21% saying they plan to do so this year.
Radicchio del Veneto, or pink radicchio, is popping up on trendy restaurant plates and filling foodies' Instagram feeds. The leafy pink vegetable was cultivated in Italy but is now grown in at least two US states.
Yes Way Rose, a pink wine whose creators unleashed the power of Instagram to spread the word about their brand, have made a deal to bring their wine to Target stores. It will appear starting March 4 in stores nationwide that sell wine, with a price of $12.99 per bottle.
H.E. Butt Grocery is testing a mobile self-checkout app that lets customers scan items as they shop in a pilot project at two stores in San Antonio, Texas. The company currently has no plans to expand the test, spokesman Dya Campos said.
Growth in the deli category is outstripping that of the rest of the grocery store by more than four times, and Hormel has launched a new deli division to capitalize on that demand, said CEO Jim Snee. "Our new deli division represents almost $1 billion in annual sales and will be the company's next growth engine," Snee said.
Grocers are discussing with the US Agriculture Department their potential role in the Trump administration's proposed changes to SNAP benefits, including converting shopping dollars to a delivered box of specific items. "Rather than dismiss this out of hand, let's discuss how it can be improved," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
Mushrooms are becoming a go-to ingredient in the functional food and beverage space. From Four Sigmatic's Mushroom Coffee Mix to NordicNordic's chaga tea, manufacturers are looking to mushrooms to convey benefits sought out by fans of adaptogenic products, writes Maura Judkis.
After seeing success last year with its Produce for Kids campaign, the Springfield, Mo., division of Associated Wholesale Grocers is committing to a more robust yearlong campaign in 2018 to promote healthy eating. Seventeen produce suppliers are supporting the multichannel campaign, which will raise funds for Feeding America.
Dole will market its bananas and pineapples in March and April with stickers featuring Marvel superheroes including Captain America, Black Panther and Iron Man. The company has also created 30 Marvel character-themed recipes using the fruits.
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