The warehouse industry has added about as many jobs as were eliminated at department stores since 2000, and Amazon fulfillment centers offer new opportunities for displaced retail employees. The catch: Unlike traditional retailers with stores in most markets, Amazon's fulfillment centers are concentrated in fewer areas.
Once Post Holdings closes its acquisition of Bob Evans Farms, the company plans to combine the refrigerated retail units of Bob Evans and Michael Foods Group, which current Bob Evans CEO Mike Townsley will run. Jim Dwyer, the existing CEO of Michael Foods, will oversee the combined commercial food service businesses of the two firms.
Consumers searching online for beverages are frequently seeking information on how drinks are processed during production, Google trend analysts find. Yarden Horwitz and Olivier Zimmer, who reached their conclusions after examining search data from April 2015 to March 2017, also noted that searches for retail-brand beverages peaked at about 2 p.m.
General Mills would like to boost the profile of brands such as Nature Valley and Betty Crocker by expanding its distribution channels to foodservice, said Marion Guerel, regional shopper marketing manager for General Mills, at the Speciality Food Festival at Dubai World Trade Center. In the Middle East specifically, General Mills hopes to establish its brands in the foodservice industry, according Guerel.
SpartanNash stores feature specialized product lineups in their candy and snack aisles as part of the company's attempt to tailor each location to the interests of local shoppers. "For example, in our 11 D&W Fresh Market stores in Michigan, Lindt and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate are very popular items because store guests tend to prefer premium, trendy foods and unique options when they're entertaining for the holidays," said Larry Pierce, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for SpartanNash.
Dylan's Candy Bar now has a second Chicago-area location, having partnered with Abt Electronics for an in-store boutique in Glenview, Ill. Like Abt Electronics, Dylan's Candy Bar seeks to provide experiences instead of just a place to shop, said Dylan's Candy Bar founder Dylan Lauren.
PepsiCo has announced calorie and sugar reduction targets for its beverages, as well as salt and fat reduction targets for its snacks by 2025. PepsiCo will work to establish more products under its "everyday nutrition" products range, a part of the company's Guilt Free Products category, which accounts for about 45% of its revenue.
Brooklyn, N.Y., perfume brand D.S. & Durga has debuted a new fragrance called Vio Volta at retail partners including Barneys New York. The company is also gearing up to expand to international markets including Australia and Southeast Asia.
About three-quarters of consumers said they'll buy from local small and mid-sized businesses this holiday season, according to a Vistaprint survey. Almost 80% will use a search engine to find information on local merchants, making digital marketing plans key for small-business owners.
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