Combining fresh offerings in brick-and-mortar stores as well as online and via home delivery allows Ahold Delhaize, owner of the Food Lion and Hannaford banners in the US, to compete with companies like Wal-Mart and Amazon Fresh, said CEO Dick Boer. "Customers search not only for value, they also search for product quality and freshness," he said.
Whole Foods Market will bring one of its smaller-concept 365 stores to Brooklyn, which will give it 11 stores in New York City. The company has 23 leases in development as its 365 concept spreads across the country.
Save-A-Lot will close 13 stores after deciding to leave the California and Nevada markets. The closings will allow the company to focus on areas where it has a bigger concentration of its 1,300 locations, said spokeswoman Chon Tomlin.
Food retailers are increasingly incorporating wellness into their store atmospheres using a variety of strategies, including in-store events to build interest in healthy initiatives. Offering convenient, healthy food options is also on the rise and will continue to be a focus of grocers in 2017.
Minnesota-based Lunds & Byerlys supermarkets have recalled a product called Our Produce Fresh-Cut Cored Pineapple following a supplier warning about a possible listeria risk. The affected products have expiration dates on or before Jan. 20.
The makers of Four Pillars Gin are hoping that the awards their liquor has garnered in just three years will dent the notion that Australia is all about wine and beer. "Our Australian spirits are up there with the best of them in terms of quality and taste, and now we're taking them to the world," said Cameron Mackenzie, a distiller and co-founder of Four Pillars.
A bill in the Virginia General Assembly would require restaurants serving alcohol to also have food available at the same times and in the same areas. The bill, which was approved by a Senate committee, is intended to clarify the laws that govern alcohol sales, its sponsor says.
Gik, a dyed Spanish wine that became a best-seller in part because it is blue, can no longer can market itself as wine, according to EU regulations. The label was changed in the wake of a complaint, because Gik does not fit into any of the 17 current EU categories for wine products.
An independent task force will review Massachusetts' regulations to make sure that its oversight of alcohol sales is effective, a move sought by State Treasurer Deb Goldberg. Recommendations are expected from the panel within six months.
L'Oreal and Founders Factory have picked InsitU, Preemadonna, Tailify, Veleza and Cosmose as the five beauty and tech startups for their joint accelerator program. Offerings from the chosen companies range from Preemadonna's Nailbot device and app, which enables users to design and print nail art from their phones, to the Veleza app, which connects beauty experts with advice-seeking consumers.
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