Millennials on a mission to find new local, authentic and artisan products are fueling annual increases in craft beer sales and encouraging the rise of indie distillers and wine makers, said NPD Group's Warren Solochek. "If you ask me if I think it's a trend or a fad, I think it's a trend. I do think it will continue into the foreseeable future, because people love to try something new," he said.
Kroger is in the process of getting the appropriate licenses to sell wine at some of its stores in Tennessee starting next July. "Wine has been one of our most requested items for many years now, so no doubt our customers are anxiously awaiting this day as well," Kroger spokeswoman Melissa Eads said. The retailer will also add tap beers at some Cincinnati-area locations this fall as part of an effort to get more customers into its stores.
The Handy Dandy Market and Deli serves as the epicenter of an initiative with the Knox County, Tenn., Health Department that aims to encourage residents of South Knoxville to make healthier eating choices. As part of the initiative, the retailer has added a produce cart and bike racks, as well as healthier snack products.
Brookshire's Food Stores has made a commitment to purchase locally grown, produced and distributed products from suppliers in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas as part of an effort to support local businesses in the three states, where the retailer operates 151 stores. Promotions of the local products will include shelf tags, displays and in-store signage.
The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, ranked No. 1 in alcohol sales in the state with $1.46 million in July, according to state tax records. Sales at the resort are driven by a SummerFest event, a 10-acre water park and conventions, spokeswoman Martha Neibling said. In the Dallas area, Gaylord had nearly double the sales of No. 2 sales venue Gexa Energy Pavilion, which rang in at $888,841.
Total Wine & More plans to open three locations in the St. Louis area this year, unveiling its first store in Missouri on Thursday. The expansion is part of a Midwest growth strategy that includes new markets in Tennessee and Indiana, as the retailer expects to reach 130 superstores in 18 states with $2.1 billion in revenue for 2015.
Subscription services such as Hello Fresh that deliver weekly recipes along with all of the ingredients needed to make them are starting to take a bite out of food retailers' business, said Fresh Insight founder Elena Ozeritskaya at PMA Fresh Connections: Brazil. "These millennials want to spend extra money on services that can help them make their lives easier, more comfortable or more convenient," she said.
A robot designed for mushroom harvesting can identify which mushrooms are ready and pick and de-stem them before depositing the mushrooms in a store-ready container. Canada's Vineland Research and Innovation Center is working to refine the machine and make it a cost-effective alternative to human harvesters.
Dollar General will roll out a new store prototype that offers quicker checkout and a larger focus on fresh foods and health and beauty, CEO Todd Vasos said Wednesday. Starting next year, the new format will be incorporated into new stores and remodels, he said.
Half of consumers are more concerned about food safety and quality now than they were five years ago, and less than a quarter of consumers believe that national brands are healthier than private labels, according to a study by Daymon Worldwide. This presents retailers with an opportunity to ease consumer fears about food safety by investing in their private brands, working with suppliers to offer cleaner ingredients and creating clear and concise marketing efforts, writes Janet Oak, Daymon's head of global advisory and custom shopper insights.
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