Iowa-based Fareway Stores will open a Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln, Neb. this fall. The 6,500-square-foot full-service specialty store will be Fareway's second store operating under the concept, which debuted in Omaha last year.
Giant and Stop & Shop parent Ahold USA has teamed with online platform RangeMe to diversify its suppliers and adopt more efficient product discovery as part of an effort to make its stores feel more like neighborhood grocers. "You think of a big giant organization like Ahold USA, there's a lot of neighborhoods we have to understand," said Nick Bertram, Ahold's senior vice president of merchandising strategy and support.
Marsh Supermarkets will close at least two more stores this year after closing two in the Indianapolis market, according to reports. The retailer, which has gone from operating 120 stores in 2006 to operating 67, has also reportedly discontinued rent payments in up to six stores in the Indianapolis area.
SpartanNash has promoted Mike Pahud to chief operating officer at its Caito Foods Service division, which was acquired earlier this year to improve the retailer's fresh selection. Pahud previously served as Caito's chief financial officer.
An increasing number of produce manufacturers are using new packaging formats to share ingredient and food safety information with consumers, which some brands are conveying via labeling platforms such as SmartLabel. "We anticipate a lot of brands will look to this and other smart packaging technology to satisfy new requirements for GMO labeling and nutrition facts panel changes," said Angela Fernandez of data firm GS1 US regarding SmartLabel's potential.
Germany's Haribo aims to continue its US market growth by investing $242 million to build the firm's first North American facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. The gummy bear maker expects to open the new candy production plant in 2020.
CPG brands that aim for a bigger share of the millennial market should maximize their use of digital media because millennial consumers are frequently online. In addition, brands should feature themes of nostalgia in their messaging, ask for consumer input, spotlight their values and be succinct, writes Meghan Johnson.
With its purchase of Stagecoach Vineyard, E. & J. Gallo Winery acquired more than 600 acres of premium grapes in Napa County's Atlas Peak region. "This purchase affirms Gallo's commitment to compete in the luxury wine segment," said Roger Nabedian, senior vice president of Gallo's premium wine division.
Craft gin-makers are proliferating across the country, bringing unique local flavors to their products. The launch of new brands and crossover into the gin category by distillers of other spirits is likely to drive further growth of American gin, which holds appeal for "flavored vodka enthusiasts...who are looking for more complexity in their spirits," said Brady Konya, owner and general manager of Ohio's Middle West Spirits.
The mission grape, the first wine grape to be planted in the US, is regaining popularity with some California winemakers who see the simple, thick-skinned red grape as an opportunity. Vintners are using the grape to produce casual table wines and angelica, a fortified wine similar to port.
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