A planned merger between New York grocers Gristedes and D'Agostino makes sense for both companies as the grocery landscape grows more competitive, said John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes parent Red Apple Group. Gristedes gave D'Agostino financial support this summer, and the former rivals expect to complete their merger by the end of the year.
Women in the UK are drinking as much alcohol as men, the culmination of a century's change in drinking habits, according to BMJ Online. Women born after 1981 in particular have taken up drinking at the same rate as men, narrowing what had been a large gap, the research found.
Pushing back against stereotypes about which kinds of jobs women want can help companies to diversify the workforce, said Beth Comstock, vice chair of General Electric. In this interview, Comstock also discusses how to succeed as an introverted leader, how to fuel innovation and why you need to keep asking for constructive feedback as you climb the corporate ladder.
Winn-Dixie's newest renovated store in Tampa, Fla., is one of five new formats the company will roll out to cater to different demographic groups in the markets it serves, said Ian McLeod, CEO of parent Southeastern Grocers. The revamped Tampa store stresses organic and local foods to compete with nearby Publix GreenWise, Whole Foods and The Fresh Market stores.
Weis Markets will give loyalty program members six choices when it comes to redeeming their points this holiday season, including free turkeys, Tofurkys or frozen lasagnas. Giant Food has also made changes to its holiday promotion, offering shoppers a $5 coupon when they pre-register for Nature's Promise turkeys.
Consumers are increasingly demanding bolder flavors and hotter spices in their snack foods, according to several flavor forecasts. Millennials, who snack more than previous generations, are looking for authentic international flavors such as Indian tikka masala and Korean barbecue.
Kroger-owned banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less have teamed with health care network St. Joseph Hoag Health to give Southern California customers a chance to shop with doctors, dietitians and other nutrition experts. The goal is to teach shoppers about nutrition and help them make healthier food choices, said physician Amy Alias.
The US government spends $1.4 billion annually to subsidize about 240 military commissaries, which sell groceries at 5% above cost to keep prices low for military families. Some in Washington wonder whether the stores are still necessary as the number of civilian retail grocery options continues to grow and the Defense Department looks to cut costs.
Chateau Ste. Michelle paved the way for Washington state's rieslings, and its wines still lead the riesling category with five gold medals awarded at a recent competition. Even its $9 mass-market riesling is an example of the grape's potential, Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue write.
Old Glory Distilling in Clarksville, Tenn., will hold a grand opening Oct. 29 and soon thereafter begin offering tours of its new facility. "We're looking forward to being able to bring people in and educating them on the start-to-finish process of making our products, from bringing in the grain to bottling it," distiller Matt Cunningham said.
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