SUPERVALU will sell 19 stores from its Shop 'n Save banner to St. Louis grocer Schnuck Markets, in a deal that is expected to close by the end of October. Schnucks also will acquire four of the company's seven area fuel centers.
Coca-Cola is evaluating the role that cannabidiol might play in the beverage market, although the company has not made any decisions about using the ingredient. "Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of nonpsychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world," Coca-Cola said.
J&C Tropicals will double distribution of dragon fruit to at least 2 million pounds this year amid fast-growing demand, owner Jessie Capote said. The Miami-based company recently began packing the fruit in multipack boxes, a move that has been received positively, Capote added.
Making fun and family part of the company's core values has helped Nugget Markets grow and excel in workplace surveys, according to President and CEO Eric Stille. "Team members want to be a part of something with purpose; they want a family feeling," Stille said.
There's an apt connection between September being recognized as National Family Meals Month and the observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month, according to FMI President Leslie Sarasin. "[I]t is almost unique that both celebrations are happening at the same time because family is a central part of the Hispanic culture and meals are very important in family life," Sarasin said.
Five staff members at the Sprouts Farmers Market store in Katy, Texas, teamed up to lose more than 200 pounds through the keto diet. The workers said they perused the store's offerings to find items that were keto-friendly and now advise customers about best choices.
"Tension" is becoming a popular word to describe wines and how consumers enjoy them. To Andrew Jefford, the term involves how a wine can be taut and flavorful without succumbing to being an overblown, overripe creation.
Patron Tequila is introducing Gran Smoky, a limited-edition spirit produced using old-school techniques, including pit-roasting agave hearts over mesquite. The result is a clear, enjoyable tequila with a bell pepper scent, Florence Fabricant writes.
Mercian Corp., Japan's largest winemaker, is betting that it will grow, rather than lose business to competition, when trade barriers with the EU come down, which could happen as early as next year. The company is investing in additional vineyards, hoping that quality and its unusual grape varieties can open up additional growth opportunities.
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