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2/17/2017

Wal-Mart's 2,500-square-foot test convenience store in Crowley, Texas, offers hot foods, coffee taps, a healthy food section, a walk-in beer fridge and gasoline pumps. The store is one of two convenience stores being tested by the retailer, both of which are located in Supercenter parking lots.

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2/17/2017

Florida-based Southeastern Grocers has revamped 2,260 of its private-label items, including canned vegetables, household items and other products, the company announced Thursday. The retailer will roll out the products, which will be sold under the SE Grocers Essentials, SE Grocers and Prestige brands, to its Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Fresco Y Mas and Harveys stores over the next year.

2/17/2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program must operate in an efficient and effective manner to maintain the program for food retailers and the consumers who rely on it, FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin told the US House of Representatives Agriculture Committee. "FMI's maxim when referring to its member companies is 'Feeding Families and Enriching Lives,' a responsibility we take very seriously," she said.

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Progressive Grocer
2/17/2017

Food Safety Modernization Act regulations span across departments and across categories in the food industry, and companies have to be ready to tackle the regulations by developing a plan, utilizing resources and working together, said Hilary Thesmar, FMI's vice president of food safety programs. "Communication is key and leadership from the top down is needed to make sure companies understand what the requirements are and how important it is to comply with the regulations," she said.

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Food Online
2/17/2017

Shoppers are still heading to stores to buy their groceries, but retailers still face challenges with inventory management and omnichannel, and cross-channel solutions could be key. "It's about delivering a personal and seamless experience for the customer," said Brendan O'Meara, managing director of worldwide retail at Microsoft.

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2/17/2017

Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency has been good for sales of his wine brand in Virginia's state stores, even as it draws protests to other retailers. Sales of Trump wines more than doubled at state stores between 2015 and 2016, according to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

2/17/2017

ASDA stores in the UK have added progrigio, a bubbly for the budget-minded, made from a mix of prosecco and pinot grigio. With a price of about $6.20, the blend may cushion the blow for many in Britain who are facing more expensive wine costs in the wake of the Brexit vote.

2/17/2017

Girin Steak House & Ssam Bar in Seattle has worked to perfect makgeolli, a milky liquor akin to sake that is a tradition in Korea. It took months of experimentation and study for co-owner Cody Burns to become adept enough at making it to serve it to customers.

2/17/2017

A bill introduced by a freshman legislator in New Mexico would raise the state's alcohol taxes to the highest in the nation, including an increase from $1.60 a liter to $7.24 a liter on hard liquor. The proposed tax increase on wine, from 45 cents a liter to $2.14 a liter, would be by far the nation's highest, according to a state analysis.

2/17/2017

Virginia's General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow stores to sell 151-proof liquor, far above the current limit of 101 proof. The bill includes a five-year sunset provision, intended to make lawmakers review the public and college campus safety consequences of the change.