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.
Raley's Family of Fine Stores will unveil a new small-format store in the Sacramento, Calif., market in 2017 that focuses on health and wellness, the company announced Thursday. The 66,000-square-foot store is part of the retailer's push to create "a better food system" and will be designed with sustainability in mind, Raley's owner and CEO Michael Teel said.
Bashas' has invested in new technologies in its stores to improve the customer experience, including a smartphone application from Ibotta that gives shoppers the opportunity to earn coupons by answering surveys, "Like Machines" that encourage customer endorsements of certain products, and iPads for store directors to help improve the way associates serve customers, the company said Tuesday.
Bunnahabhain Distillery will use wood from a restored 1941 fishing boat to make the casks for its Hogshead 733 whiskey. The Scottish distillery is partnering with two artists who will complete a 733-mile journey on the vessel in September from France to Scotland.
Amazon will kick-off one-hour delivery of beer, wine and spirits in Seattle through its new Prime Now program, joining a quick alcohol delivery market that is expected to reach $1.4 billion in sales by 2020, according to IBISWorld. Seattle is the only U.S. city where Amazon customers can order liquor or beer, though wine is available in other cities.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Thursday approved its largest liquor expansion since Prohibition, voting to add up to 17 liquor store licenses in the Portland area, Director Rob Patridge said. The licenses will be open to grocery and convenience stores, as well as traditional liquor stores. The state had 248 store liquor stores before the expansion.
California's pomegranate harvest will start early with small fruit and low volumes, gain momentum in mid-September and increase significantly from mid-October through Thanksgiving, said David Anthony, domestic sales manager at Ruby Fresh. The company usually sells 80% of its fruit in the US and Canada, but Canada's falling currency may take a toll on sales there this year, he said.
Children are taking the food and vegetables that are required to be in their school lunches under 2012 federal rules, but many are tossing the produce in the trash instead of eating it, according to a University of Vermont study. Other studies show the rules have increased consumption of fresh produce, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
China is due to receive its very first shipment of avocados from Mission Produce's Peruvian plantations in the middle of September. Importer Lantao will launch an educational campaign to show Chinese consumers how avocados can be used.
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