Royal Ahold and Delhaize Group's merger to become Ahold Delhaize was finalized Saturday, creating what will be the fourth-largest US grocery retailer. The company's US chains will include Stop & Shop, Giant, Food Lion and Hannaford, and the Europe-based retailer will get about 63% of its sales from its US business, according to brokerage Jefferies.
After putting several store openings on hold last week, The Fresh Market is seeking flexibility in its expansion plans to examine its strategy for long-term growth, the company said Friday. The retailer has not yet set new opening dates for the four new stores, which are slated to open in Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia and Missouri.
About 41% of shoppers consider packaged snacks from grocers to be better than those from snack shops such as ice cream and doughnut shops, cafes and restaurants, according to a survey by Mintel. The data indicate that food retailers are significant competition for foodservice organizations when it comes to snacking, and the survey also found that 67% of 18-to-44-year-old shoppers prefer portable snacking options.
The US Postal Service is looking to expand its grocery delivery partnership with AmazonFresh, with the hopes of adding new markets and pushing the partnership until October of next year. The delivery test currently covers 38 ZIP codes, including Sacramento, Calif., where the USPS has an on-time delivery rate of more than 90%, according to Sacramento region Postal Service spokeswoman Meiko Patton.
Mass CPG marketing is yielding to a more tailored individual marketing approach, writes Gary Hawkins, founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology. "I am suggesting not an incremental approach to brand marketing, but a wholesale transformation of how shopper marketing and trade promotion are executed: a customer-of-one approach," he writes.
Convenience stores are now a $31 billion segment, and 40% of consumers who visit them report that they've purchased more prepared food and beverages at c-store locations than in the past. Some 33% of c-store visitors say that the quality of food and beverages at these locations has improved over the past four years, according to Datassential research.
In efforts to boost second-half sales, Lindt & Spruengli AG is shifting from its seasonal focus by introducing year-round Russell Stover snack products such as chocolate-covered nuts, outgoing CEO Ernst Tanner said. "Russell Stover is very strong in the seasonal business, and we want to build the assortment in a way that the product is consumed permanently," Tanner said.
Consumers -- especially millennials -- have begun requesting healthier beverage choices, and manufacturers and bartenders have responded with everything from vegan chickpea-frothed cocktails to nonalcoholic martinis.
Rich Pelletier believes he will be able to get all the licenses needed for his Nashoba Valley Winery, which also includes a tasting room, orchard and event hosting. Pushing through a challenge to a Massachusetts licensing decision, however, is expected to cost him $20,000, and that seems likely to affect the winery's philanthropy, one director of a local charity says.
Those in the wine industry who appreciate riesling struggle to get customers to try it, in part because they mistakenly believe all rieslings are sweet. Paul Grieco, owner of New York's Terroir Wine Bar, even launched an all-riesling menu to get consumers to try his preferred variety.
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