Smart & Final Stores reported strong results for the third quarter, including an increase in same-store sales. The company said it's been increasing promotional spending to compete with traditional grocers and touted its success in the e-commerce realm, including the launch of a direct-order site, delivery services and a test of a click-and-collect service at about 12 Smart & Final and Cash & Carry stores.
UK supermarket chain Morrisons will sell less-than-perfect pomegranates for less than half the average price for the fruit. Demand for pomegranates is rising fast as celebrity chefs use the seeds in more recipes and consumers learn about the fruit's health benefits, Morrisons said.
Ocean Spray is investigating the role that cranberries may play in helping to overcome antimicrobial resistance in humans. The cooperative has announced it will invest in excess of $10 million over the next five years to found the Ocean Spray Cranberry Health Institute, a public-private partnership dedicated to finding solutions for this global public health crisis.
South Carolina-based McCall Farms will invest $35 million in an expansion expected to create 150 new jobs next year in Florence County, the company said. The fresh canned fruit and vegetable producer grows produce on 27,000 acres in four states.
Amazon has partnered with Allrecipes to provide same-day or next-day delivery of ingredients in the site's most popular recipes. The service will be available only in markets served by AmazonFresh.
Consumers are increasingly interested in organic and responsibly sourced products, and wine growers are keenly aware of how the changing climate affects their industry. In response, some wine industry organizations are creating or requiring certifications for sustainable practices in wine production.
Distributor Pure Wine Wisconsin has filed a complaint against novelty wine company Mano's, asserting that Mano's unfairly broke a Jan. 1 agreement that Pure Wine exclusively could distribute Mano's wine. The complaint alleges Mano's violated Wisconsin law by selling its wine directly to Roundy's Supermarkets.
Hy-Vee's newest store in the Twin Cities market puts an emphasis on fresh prepared foods, with a large food court, a full-service restaurant and an expansive produce section just inside the entrance. The store also features innovative center aisles that offer international foods, a HealthMarket section with better-for-you items, a Basin bath and beauty department and an F&F clothing boutique.
Late and missed deliveries, delivery rates and packaging issues with the US Postal Service reportedly led Amazon to discontinue its Fresh grocery delivery service in select markets across nine states, sources said. USPS was responsible for Amazon Fresh deliveries in most of the markets affected by discontinuation of service, while Fresh deliveries in other areas are made by Amazon or local delivery companies.
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