Lowes Foods will open a new store in Lexington, S.C., this week, with another new store to follow there this summer. The move is part of Lowes' bigger expansion in South Carolina, which also includes a new store in a former Bi-Lo location in Columbia and two additional stores in Summerville and Mount Pleasant.
Whole Foods Market still holds sway among its loyal customers who look to the retailer for a foodie-focused shopping experience and its signature prepared foods and in-store restaurants, but the retailer is working to offer prices that are more competitive with its traditional supermarket counterparts to fuel a true turnaround. Whole Foods is also shifting from its goal of growing to a 1,200-store chain to relocating small locations to bigger flagship spaces, and cutting its costs by $600 million by 2020.
Supermarket bakery sales reached $11.6 billion last year, Nielsen reported, with almost 70% of retailers reporting yearly growth in the bakery department, according to a recent survey. The growth was driven in part by impulse-buying shoppers looking for a treat and by top-selling bakery items including cakes and breads.
Wal-Mart will spend millions this year to update hundreds of stores, including 12 stores in Michigan. The effort is meant to connect in-store and online shopping, and features changes such as moving in-store pickup to the front of stores, tests of a click-and-collect grocery service, a dedicated lounge area for customers picking up orders, lower shelving and more signs.
Supermarkets and convenience store retailers should take design inspiration from restaurants to create in-store dining destinations that draw shoppers with elements such as attractive graphics, architecture and bar-like settings, experts said at the National Restaurant Association conference in Chicago. "Consumers care about what the experience is like, and 90% of the information sent to the brain is visual," said Tre Musco of brand strategy design firm Tesser.
Branches Winery in Wisconsin will offer two wines in 8.4-ounce cans, becoming the first in the Midwest to offer some of its wine in cans, according to owners Therese and Gene Bergholz. The winery will distribute its Moxie Moscato and Roxie Rose in parts of the state, hoping to attract those who like its portability or who don't want to buy and open a whole bottle, Gene Bergholz said.
Direct-to-consumer wine sales represent 61% of all revenue for wineries that embrace the trend, according to market data from the wine division of Silicon Valley Bank. It's an option that has been embraced by older shoppers and not just millennials, with 41% of customers as baby boomers and 10% older than that, according to the report.
David Duband moved from a beginner taking a crash course in winemaking to become an acclaimed producer in Burgundy over a quarter-century of work and learning. Partnerships let him utilize vineyards from regions that he never otherwise could have afforded, and his reputation grew.
Groups representing independent liquor stores are among those pressing Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would end the requirement for a divide between spirits sales and the rest of a store. Proponents argue that the bill would unleash the free market, while opponents says the biggest retailers would have an unbeatable advantage.
Juice made from US-grown fruit is winning over millennials in China, according to a survey done by Surveygoo for Welch's Global Ingredients Group. Health issues are the top priority for 78% of respondents, while 71% cited good taste as a driver.
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