Stop & Shop will unveil five new stores next week, as the retailer begins converting 25 units acquired from A&P last month in a nearly $150 million deal, the company announced Thursday. The stores, located in New York, will close for about seven days while the conversions are completed, and once reopened will feature modern decor, updated refrigeration systems and technology, and Stop & Shop's fresh departments.
H-E-B has formed a partnership with the Italian Trade Agency that will allow the retailer to offer more than 3,000 imported products in its Texas stores, including Italian-made pastas, olive oils, cheeses and preserves.
Kroger's tests of digital shelf technology topped SmartBrief's list of most-read food and beverage retail stories this week, while the tale of how eateries are coping with higher prices captured readers on the restaurant side.
Wal-Mart has appointed 20-year company veteran Laura Phillips as its senior vice president of sustainability, as the retailer seeks to incorporate sustainability into its supply chain, sales and marketing strategies. Phillips replaces Manuel Gomez, who will become the vice president of strategy for e-commerce for Wal-Mart de Mexico and Central America.
Chobani's new cherry & dark chocolate Indulgent Greek yogurt topped the September shelf score rankings of new products, according to Instantly. The rankings also reflected the season, with appearances by several pumpkin-spice-flavored items such as Archer Farms pumpkin pie scone mix, Coffee Mate's pumpkin spice variety, Kellogg's pumpkin spice Mini Wheats and pumpkin spice latte M&Ms.
Possible contamination with listeria prompted Whole Foods Market to recall Papillon Organic Roquefort Cheese items. Affected products were distributed to stores across the country in clear plastic wrap and have scale labels that start with "PLU 029536."
Growers, retailers, restaurants and other links in the food chain in Chattanooga, Tenn., are working on new ways to cut food waste and feed more people in danger of going hungry. "We do everything we can to avoid wasting any fruit, and my great-grandmother's recipes are a big help," said family apple and grape farmer Jennifer Steinhice. "We sit around the table, carving out the blemishes and bruises from peeled apples then chopping them up for all the treats we sell in the store."
Washington apple growers are seeing smaller but better-quality apples this year, and a warm spring that brought early blooms has also led to earlier ripening. That early start is especially good for late-ripening varieties, because there's less risk of frost damage at the end of the season, said Karen Lewis of the Washington State University Extension for Grant and Adams counties.
Canada Herb recalled packages of fresh water mint on salmonella concerns and warned that some of the packages may not have branding or coding on them. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the Oct. 7 recall.
New York ranks second to California for the highest number of wine sales through online retailer Amazon, with some selections shipping for free or for just 1 cent, Lettie Teague writes. The selection ranges from Dom Perignon Champagne to Mommy’s Time Out. As of now, there are no ratings enabled for wine, but much like the retailer changed the face of book sales, wine sales could see major shifts if more states allow direct shipping, Teague says.
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