Floral retailers are focusing on grocery stores to boost sales based on impulse purchases. Superstores and grocery chains are expanding their floral sections and moving them to visible parts of the stores.
Wild Oats Markets is the first grocer in the U.S. to use "corntainer," packaging that looks plastic but turns into compost when disposed. The grocer is testing the new container in 11 of its Pacific Northwest stores.
The USDA has given no timeline for lifting its ban on imported Canadian beef products. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman is carefully examining the safety of beef from Canada, following the discovery a month ago of a BSE-infected cow.
Coca-Cola Enterprises is experimenting with distributing chilled Odwalla products in Atlanta and Denver. The pilot test is part of a strategy that calls for establishing the Odwalla brand and testing whether CCE can distribute cold drinks.