Wegmans and Publix were named consumers' favorite grocers in a survey by Market Force Information. Wegmans took the top spot for the third straight year, followed by Publix, Trader Joe's, ALDI and H.E. Butt Grocery.
Sprouts Farmers Market has seen strong growth from its partnership with Instacart, CEO Amin Maredia shared at a conference last week. Instacart has excelled at meeting the challenges of fresh delivery to consumers' homes, Maredia said.
Several major grocers including Costco and Walmart have formed search alliances with Google that include being featured in results from its digital assistants. Instead of paying for ads, the stores agree to share sales revenue with Google, which coordinates purchases through its shopping cart.
The CEO of coconut water brand Vita Coco is crediting strong competition in the category with helping inspire the company to achieve over $201 million in sales as of January of this year. Mike Kirban says that compared to the challenge of growing the company to this point, his next goal -- doubling the business over the next three years -- is going to be an easy task.
McDonald's will replaces plastic straws with paper at all its eateries in the UK and Ireland and start testing alternatives to plastic straws at some locations in the US and other countries this year. In Malaysia and some other markets, McDonald's will give out straws only on request.
School nutrition professionals in a California district want to increase participation in the school-meal program by focusing on grab-and-go items and adopting more student-driven menus. The food nutrition services director also would like to update kitchens with newer equipment because current equipment is 58 years old on average.
When Tyson Foods evaluates potential acquisitions, the firm uses "three primary filters" to determine whether a company would be a fit, said CEO Tom Hayes. "They include branded businesses, businesses that brought new capabilities, and businesses that brought new geographies," he said.
Unilever Chief Marketing Officer Keith Weed is aiming to overhaul issues in the influencer marketing category, calling on the ad industry "to take urgent action now to rebuild trust before it's gone forever." Effective immediately, Unilever will no longer work with online influencers who pay for followers, will never buy followers for its own brands and will place a priority on partners who use transparent digital practices.
Coca-Cola's newest production plant in China has achieved a gold-class LEED certification for its power-generating capacity and environmentally friendly features. The facility will not only increase the company's production capacity, it is also part of a larger push that includes locally focused sustainability initiatives such as green agricultural efforts.
PepsiCo executives are confident that the firm's commitment to sustainable practices not only benefits the planet, but also the company's bottom line. "Arguably, we would do these projects even if we didn't have a climate target because it makes good business sense," said Roberta Barbieri, PepsiCo's vice president for global sustainability.
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