Florida-based Publix is highly ranked among groceries for its customer service, and the retailer is working to adapt further amid growing competition. The retailer's new projects include a delivery partnership with Instacart, in-store Starbucks kiosks and a more active social media strategy.
ShopRite stores will offer customers free healthy eating counseling from the company's team of more than 130 dietitians. Individual counseling will be available in addition to six-week classes that will teach techniques including label reading and portion control.
Lee's Marketplace has added a full-service grocery in North Salt Lake, Utah, the banner's fifth, in a location that could save shoppers a trek to other suburbs. The store features a dining area that can seat 100, a drive-thru pharmacy, a large floral department and a specialty candy section.
Smartphone apps and websites can tell citizens who their representatives are and what policies they are pursuing in Washington. Still, nothing beats a phone call or a letter for sharing an opinion and being heard, says James Turk, founder of Openstates.org.
This year's harvest of California avocados is expected to reach about 225 million pounds, a little more than half of the 401.4 million pounds produced in 2016, according to the California Avocado Commission. "It's going to be a really targeted promotion this year, so we're supporting our customers who are promoting our fruit -- accounts who have demonstrated loyalty to California avocados," said Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission.
Durian is gaining a following with New York City chefs who are putting the southeast Asian fruit in desserts and cocktails. At Malaysian restaurant Laut, chef Salil Mehta offers a dessert called Durian Burger that serves the fried fruit between two Chinese mantou buns.
A flurry of sales of top wine US estates is under way, with half of them possibly to change hands in the next five years, according to the annual report from Silicon Valley Bank. Sales will be common in Europe, too, amid inheritance issues and the increasing interests of the richest industry players, Elin McCoy writes.
A bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature would allow the sale of alcohol in both bars and liquor stores on Christmas Day. "I just think it's kind of an odd little law that time has passed," said sponsor Rep. Karilyn Brown.
Treasury Wine Estates has won a case in court in China that will allow it to use a literal translation of its name, Ben Fu, on products sold there. The court ruled that a previous trademark registered by a Chinese individual had not been used and will be canceled.
Sunoco subsidiary Stripes Convenience Stores has redesigned its stores for the next generation of retail with a more spacious layout, an emphasis on handmade items and a place for in-store dining. "When we first envisioned our new store design, we knew based on customer feedback that it was very important that our 'Made Right Here' approach came through loud and clear," said Eduardo Pereda, Sunoco's vice president of marketing and convenience brands.
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