Natural Grocers will launch a full month of promotions and educational efforts in September for Organic Harvest Month, designating itself the "Organic Month Headquarters." The Colorado-based retailer's selection includes only USDA-certified organic produce.
Denver-area Safeway and Albertsons stores are rolling out home delivery of groceries this week. The retailers join other area grocers offering the service, including King Soopers, Wal-Mart and Instacart.
Millennials are hunting to find what they like on wine shelves, but some efforts to catch their eye backfire, the owner of the Gary’s Wine & Marketplace chain of stores in New Jersey said during a panel discussion on retail trends. "They have varied tastes and don’t hesitate to try something new, but celebrity wines and weird names aimed at them don’t work,” Gary Fisch said.
Millennials are drinking wine more than baby boomers, and their interest is shaking up its marketing, with status symbols out and cans and funky labels appearing to be in. "We're bringing wine to people who want to try it but haven't because of all of that pomp and circumstance," Union Wine marketing manager Heather Wallberg said.
Distillers are rolling out whiskeys that are lighter and more mellow, in part to attract millennials who may not be ready for long-aged and dense Scotch. Lighter liquors aren't necessarily easier to produce, explained John Glaser of London whiskey-maker Compass Box, who said, "You have to balance the flavors, the components, just right."
Tavern or restaurant owners in Pennsylvania can convert their beer licenses to allow them to serve wine, but the cost under the new law is $30,000, leaving them with a tough decision to make. That's not the end of the costs, especially if the bar or restaurant wants to offer takeout sales of wine, which is an additional $2,000.
Discount store ALDI has joined the ranks of grocers offering wine for sale in its six Knoxville, Tenn.-area locations. The store mostly offers house brands, and prices are as low as $2.99.
Consumers in China are giving Four Loko a try, with the highly stimulating malt liquor available from top online retailers in the country including Alibaba and JD.com. One online ad for the product, which faced a backlash in the US over allegations of unsafe use, calls it "blackout in a can."
Spices and seasonings that stir up memories of familiar flavors help vegan chefs cater to omnivores as well as vegetarians, said Mundo Vegan chef and co-owner Fanny Fuentes-Phalon. The restaurant uses organic seasonings, makes its own sofrito and depends on strong spices including cumin, turmeric and garlic to create plant-based versions of familiar Latin favorites.
Meijer will host about 40,000 college students during its Meijer Mania events, which bus students from nearby campuses to stores to introduce them to the retail brand. The events, which will be held through early September, include DJs, photo booths, samples, coupons and contests.
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