Amazon joined Trader Joe's and Costco atop a survey of consumer grocery preferences released this week by Dunnhumby, with H.E. Butt Grocery, Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Sam's Club, Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top 10. The Dunnhumby list combined financial performance with data from consumers' shopping habits.
Publix pharmacies are now offering some generic prescriptions at a price of $7.50 for a 90-day supply, covering 29 different medications. "We believe this low price will help encourage customers to follow their doctor's orders, so they can experience better health outcomes," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix.
Dr Pepper's 26-year association with college football has been strengthened by the fact that sports are still viewed live, which boosts viewership, said Chief Commercial Officer Jim Trebilcock. The company aims to take its sponsorship beyond the field as it brings "football tailgating experiences to life at retail," Trebilcock said.
Kroger announced that it will soon introduce its Kroger Edge technology, which will replace paper price tags with digital displays that include nutritional information and pricing. The new displays are set to launch in 200 stores by the end of the year, and will also include coupons and video ads.
Some of Italy's most exciting wines are coming from areas where old vines have taken root in volcanic soil, Kerin O'Keefe writes. Areas such as Campania, Umbria and Piedmont are producing good wines with the minerality typical of such soils, she writes.
A growing target audience and greater general consumer interest in global cuisine are creating opportunities for independent ethnic grocers, and also for larger retailers and wholesalers, analysts say. "We're obviously investing significantly in the Hispanic market and in people's desires to have different types of food and authentic food," said Supervalu's Mark Gross.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre Nepal has been working with farmers since 2010 to teach them to plant crops such as bananas and pineapples to help stem soil erosion. "We have seen how disasters have gone down since we changed old farming practices that caused them," said farmer Jum Bahadur Magar.
Indoor produce-growing firm Plenty is eyeing opportunities to expand to China, where there's the potential for 300 or more indoor farming facilities, said CEO Matt Barnard. The US-based company has also identified its first sites in Japan, Barnard added.
The Middle Eastern supermarket chain Spinneys has teamed with GlobalG.A.P. to create a new produce labeling system to provide transparency and traceability from the time of harvest. The test will start with stone fruit, and consumers will be able to go online to learn more about the growing process and the farmer who produced the fruit.
Around 50% of the fruit, vegetable and dairy exports from Wisconsin went to Canada and Mexico last year, prompting concerns among the state's farmers about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. "If we were to have to change our production levels down to what only could be consumed in this country, it'd be quite the disaster for prices," said Jim Holte, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.
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