Wal-Mart Stores has opened a 4,000-square-foot grocery pickup and gas store in Thornton, Colo., the second location for the company's newest retail concept. The retailer will fulfill online orders from a nearby full-line Wal-Mart store, and shoppers who place their orders online by 1 p.m. can pick them up the same day.
Nicole Pesco has been named the new CEO of Save Mart Cos., a position previously held by her father, Bob Piccinini, who died last year. Pesco is a co-president at the company, which has 211 stores in California and Nevada under banners including Lucky's and S-Mart.
Sales of private-label brands grew 5% to more than $118 billion over the past two years, according to an analysis of Nielsen data. Most US grocers will update or expand their private-label lines in 2017, with a focus on organic and natural, said Neil Stern of McMillanDoolittle.
An app called SnapStar lets shoppers upload pictures of their grocery receipts to receive reward points for buying certain brands. The Android app, created by Nielsen-backed startup OurCart, will generate shopping data for consumer product companies and allow them to promote rewards.
Amid demand for single malt whiskeys, Remy Cointreau is buying Seattle's Westland Distillery for an undisclosed amount. Westland makes a range of single malts with prices starting at $70.
The Weis Market in Hanover, Pa., has made the chain's full range of 180 wines available, the first in York County to offer the selection. The stores began stocking wine after Pennsylvania law changed earlier this year.
The growing number of vegans and vegetarians is attracting attention to animal byproducts sometimes used in wine production and to possible substitutes. While vegan wines are increasingly available on the market, and there is even a corresponding app, it can be hard to find such information at the store shelf.
A state-run liquor and wine shop featuring more than 2,600 products held its grand opening in Brookhaven, Pa., on Tuesday, in a nod to the state's recently changed liquor laws. "Pennsylvania now has better service, better offerings and better pricing. Let's keep this up," Sen. Tom Killion said.
Empire Wine is seeking to question New York officials as part of its defense against allegations that could cost the business its wine license. The State Liquor Authority is asserting that Empire shipped wine to consumers in 16 states where it is not permitted to do so.
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