Walmart's same-store sales rose by 1.8% in the second quarter, and the retailer saw its strongest sales in grocery in five years, driven by efforts including improvements in fresh foods and lower prices, the company said Thursday. Walmart's online sales also jumped 60% during the period, which the retailer attributed to stronger e-commerce efforts and a recent string of acquisitions.
Brewed Ginger Beer, Gluten Free Cheese Pizza, Kohlrabi Salad Blend and Whole Milk Mango Kefir are among Trader Joe's best 50 offerings, according to a survey of the retailer's customers and employees. The campaign is part of Trader Joe's 50th anniversary celebration.
Landover, Md.-based Giant Food will roll out the HowGood in-store sustainable food rating system to all of its locations, after piloting the program in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The system rates the sustainability of food items on a scale of "Good, Great, Best," and almost 90% of shoppers at Giant's test stores said they would use the system when looking for sustainable foods.
SpartanNash will increase its capital expenditures by about $5 million this year in an effort to boost its investments in areas of emerging growth including new packaging for fresh products from its Fresh Kitchen facility and more efficient distribution technology, CEO Dave Staples said Thursday.
Sales of Ore. wines were up 17% in the 12 months that ended July 15, according to Nielsen data, likely driven by what are considered outstanding recent vintages in the state. The surge of interest puts Oregon ahead of both California and Washington in terms of sales growth, the data revealed.
Amid signs that sales of Spanish wines are down in the UK, merchants there are broadening their offerings from the country. More vintages from areas aside from popular Rioja are being made, and higher-quality Spanish wines are gaining fans, according to Ed Betts, wine-buying manager at ASDA.
The Yakima Valley of Wash. feels more like the Midwest than Napa Valley, but that also makes it a great, unpretentious place to learn about wine, Alice Gabriel writes. A visit to the Barnard Griffin winery includes a taste of their fruity 2014 chardonnay, an award-winner at just $14.
Tourism has helped Wisconsin grow its wine industry, with the number of wineries now at 124. Younger generations of wine drinkers are helping to fuel the trend, according to Justin Bruener of Sunset Winery.
Mexican authorities have closed at least two bars and cracked down on one maker of alcohol after reports emerged of tourists blacking out and of at least one suspicious death after consumption of small quantities of alcohol in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Mexican government authorities said they would work to combat unsanitary bar practices and shoddy manufacturing of alcohol in the country.
Permits for the construction of two liquor stores in Little River County, Ark., have been issued by state regulators in the wake of the county's change to allow alcohol sales. The county is limited to two stand-alone liquor stores under state rules, but other retailers also may apply for licenses.
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