Dole has revealed new packaging for its salad offerings, featuring a color-coded system to aid consumers in product selection. The designs, which are slated to hit stores next month, will help shoppers quickly differentiate among the brand's salad categories.
The Pepsi Bottling Group is set to begin a $6.5 million project later this year to expand its warehouse in DeWitt, N.Y. The undertaking will bring an additional 26,000 square feet to the facility and is expected to be finished in late 2018.
Target will make over 1,000 of its 1,800 stores in the next three years, up from the 600 announced earlier this year, after seeing positive results from its first remodels, CEO Brian Cornell said Thursday. As it focuses on competing with Amazon and Walmart, Target will also open more small-format stores and bolster its private-label offerings.
Acquiring both Associated Grocers of Florida and Unified Grocers has put SUPERVALU in a strong position in the food retail industry, according to supermarket expert Burt Flickinger III. The acquisitions bolster SUPERVALU's position among Hispanic and Asian-American consumers and give the retailer the ability to lower store prices on private-label and CPG items, making it more competitive, he said.
Neiman Marcus has teamed with Indie Beauty Expo to launch 15 new beauty brands at the upscale retailer's department stores. It's the latest example of department stores looking to boost store traffic and beauty sales through partnerships with independent brands.
Sephora Collection teamed with Clique Media Group to launch a beauty truck that rolled out to college campuses this week with makeup samples and beauty tips. Students get advice on how to make up appropriately for different situations from internship interviews to nights out.
Walmart sees a retail future where virtual reality tools can create improved experiences, including 3-D holograms that would let Bonobos customers virtually try on new fashions. Other innovations in the pipeline include 3-D images that give ModCloth shoppers a better way to find the right fit and virtual shopping assistants.
Reich Brothers Holdings will take over the former Oscar Mayer facility in Madison, Wis., after the company reached a deal with Kraft Heinz for an undisclosed amount. Co-owner Adam Reich says the building, which until its closure in June was used to make hot dogs and Lunchables brand cold-cut packs, will be repurposed after negotiations with city officials.
Premium, healthy and seasonal are the keywords in new products this month. Bimbo-owned Sara Lee is expanding its Artesano bread line with a Golden Wheat variety, Bob's Red Mill is presenting four organic oatmeal cups, and General Mills is rolling out seasonal flavors for its Lucky Charms brand.
New data drawn from social media indicate that many millennials prefer not to snack and have difficulty determining which snacks are good for them. The survey of 12.5 million social media posts indicates that what younger shoppers are searching for may be more satiety, not more frequent eating opportunities.
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