Amazon is seeking larger retail spaces for its Whole Foods Market locations in an effort to create more urban distribution centers and expand its delivery operations, according to sources. The company is also looking to convert parking spaces at existing locations into loading stalls for delivery contractors, sources said.
Kroger has established Sunshine Technologies, an offshoot designed to share the supermarket's technology with other retailers, company executive Annette Franke shared at this week's Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas. Among the innovations it will make available are a remote temperature-sensing system, an employee management system and an interactive shelf edge system.
Walmart considers its in-store pickup towers to be a success and is expanding the project to up to 650 stores by the end of the year, a Walmart executive said. Customers had positive feedback on the towers, which hold online orders until a customer comes to retrieve them.
Customer loyalty programs have gone digital but remain vital to bringing shoppers into stores, according to Cheryl Williams, chief information officer at Wakefern Foods. At Wakefern's co-op grocers, 97% of all purchases are made by a member of its loyalty programs.
Conagra Brands is reporting gains in revenue and shelf space amid a modernization effort for legacy brands like Reddi-wip and Healthy Choice, said CEO Sean Connolly. The company is now turning its attention toward enhancing sales in its dry grocery category, which includes products like Chef Boyardee and Rotel, Connolly said.
Peas are high in protein, fiber and micro-nutrients, and chefs are showcasing the seasonal vegetables in a range of springtime dishes. The Warehouse Restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colo., serves sugar snap peas with wild mushroom ravioli and mushroom-wine sauce and garnishes the dish with pea shoots.
Florida citrus growers likely lost as much as 70% of their crop this year due to damage from Hurricane Irma, on top of mounting losses to disease in recent years, writes Andrew Furman. Demand for Florida orange juice ebbed and flowed over the past century, and it's waning now as pediatricians warn parents off sugary drinks.
Food safety officials in the EU have identified frozen corn as the cause of a listeriosis outbreak that sickened at least 32 people between December 2015 and this month. The five-country outbreak resulted in the deaths of six people, officials said.
China's first move in retaliation for the Trump administration's new tariffs will be a 15% tariff on produce and other agricultural products from the US, according to a Chinese government website. The list includes fruits and nuts such as apples, cherries, strawberries, almonds and walnuts, as well as wine.
Wines from single vineyards have become synonymous with quality, but Australia's regional blends from vintners like Penfolds reflect the country's best winemaking qualities, Christina Pickard writes. She cites Campbell Mattinson's book "The Wine Hunter," in which he wrote "[t]his critical, and incredibly difficult, transformation of Australia's wine image may never have happened without the profound impact of Penfolds Grange."
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