Amazon has yet to disclose details on its plans for a new grocery concept set to launch in Los Angeles next year, which has industry watchers speculating. Some guess the spaces will double as fulfillment centers with robots quickly picking and packing orders while others guess the format could be more like no-frills, low-priced German grocery chain Lidl.
H.E. Butt Grocery was named America's most-trusted grocery retailer in a market study by Winsight Grocery Business, followed by Kroger, Publix and ShopRite. Walmart was the nation's most widely shopped food retailer, and ALDI has risen up the ranks to be the second-most shopped.
Global fruit and vegetable brand Dole Foods has teamed with Future Group to start selling its products in India by the end of the year. The deal will help provide a year-round supply of fresh produce to consumers in India, Future owner Kishore Biyani said.
Residents in economically depressed parts of West Virginia and Michigan are learning beekeeping skills to earn money and revive the ranks of the pollinators. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective has trained 80 people in West Virginia coal towns and a nonprofit called Detroit Hives has helped Detroit residents set up apiaries on nine vacant city lots.
A treasure-hunting dive team has recovered liqueur and Cognac, 65 cases total, from a ship that was sunk more than a hundred years ago. The Swedish steamer SS Kyros was between Finland and Sweden but outside of national borders when UC58, a submarine from Germany, sank it.
General Mills has expanded its partnership with Nielsen's data analytics service, Nielsen Connects, and will begin gathering more information about emerging trends and consumer decisions. This work will expedite General Mills' response to changes in the retail landscape and consumer preferences, says Nielsen executive Laura McCullough.
Leading retailers are using their private brands to outperform competitors in the fresh foods category, according to a Daymon report. Plant-based products and "craft" quality have become more important to today's consumers, providing new opportunities for grocers.
Taiwan-based startup FruitPay offers a subscription service designed to give consumers a reliable weekly source of fresh fruit, says founder and CEO Darren Chang. FruitPay works directly with farmers to source the fruit and delivers to customers using a third-party logistics service, according to Chang.
Rain, snow and frost damage took a toll on the sugar beet crops in North Dakota and Minnesota this fall, and a recent cold snap also hurt sugar cane crops in parts of the US South. The shortages have driven up commodity sugar prices, but aren't expected to affect US food prices because sugar is still relatively inexpensive and imports are available.
Many German, French and Spanish wineries are reporting dropping profits in the wake of a 25% United States tariff on many European wines, US retribution for the European Union unfairly subsidizing Airbus. The rapid onset of the extra charge meant that many shipments were at sea when they went into effect, hurting US importers financially as well.
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