A Whole Foods Market store in New York City is the test site for a convenience store concept called Whole Foods Market Daily Shop. Local and organic products are paired with the ease of a convenience store, and shoppers can make their own acai bowls or get seasonal kombucha on tap.
Walmart will build new headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., on 300 acres over the next two years, and ultimately move 14,000 employees from its current digs, which were built in 1971. The new campus will feature employee perks including upgraded food offerings, child-care facilities, fitness centers and hiking and biking trails.
Basics Market will open a second location in Portland, Ore., with features including a beer and wine bar, nutrition classes, rotating meal stations and a cheese-aging observation station. The store is scheduled to open this summer with a focus on local and seasonal products.
Walmart is partnering with LeBron James to support the charity Feeding America. The basketball star has chosen favorite items like peanut butter, iced tea and pasta that shoppers can buy to generate a meal donation from Walmart.
Display size and placement can influence how much of specific produce items shoppers buy, and the most popular items should get the most shelf space, produce industry experts said. Customer demographics vary from store to store, and stores should focus on promoting what their shoppers have shown they want to buy, Mike Roberts, director of produce for Harps Stores, said.
Stew Leonard's has cultivated a country-fair atmosphere with the help of features like selfie stations and animatronic singing vegetables and poultry. Now, the grocer is introducing its own take on "Shark Tank" with a program called "Stew's Tank" that gives New York-based food companies the chance to have their products sold in stores.
British Airways is partnering with Scotland's InchDairnie Distillery to embark on a 12-year process to make a limited-edition whisky that will be available exclusively on British Airlines in 2031 -- its 100th year of operation. "We're delighted we've been able to create a very special whisky for British Airways in their very special year," said InchDairnie's Ian Palmer.
Denver city officials are considering a change to the city's open container laws in hopes of boosting local businesses. Currently, customers are confined to consuming alcoholic beverages within the establishment in which it was purchased, but a new permit system would allow alcohol consumption from different establishments in a designated consumption zone.
Voters in two Pennsylvania boroughs will vote Tuesday on a referendum on whether to get rid of long-held bans on alcohol sales. If approved by over 50% of voters, liquor license-holders in York County's Fawn Grove and Lebanon County's Cleona would be permitted to do business there.
Eleven Whole Foods Market stores in the Atlanta market teamed with the Food Well Alliance to donate 5% of one day's sales to the Resource Center for Urban Agriculture. The $45,105 raised will help fund urban farms and community gardens.
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