Food Lion reduced prices on thousands of its products in July in an effort to become more competitive and attract new shoppers. Such price cuts might draw more customers in the short term, but it doesn't guarantee long-term loyalty, according to retail expert John Karolefski. "The larger question is whether the lower prices will be sustained or will go away eventually. That information will determine the success of the program at Food Lion or any other grocer deploying such a strategy," he writes.
Coconut water, gaining popularity as a healthful alternative to sports drinks, provides potassium and electrolytes lost during exercise and won't contribute to a sharp increase in blood sugar. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman Andrea Giancoli said coconut water won't replace sodium lost during exercise. However, "if you like it and you can afford it, there's nothing wrong with coconut water, as long as you're choosing a brand without added sugar," Giancoli said.
Longtime partners Starbucks and PepsiCo are teaming up with Unilever to make, market and distribute Tazo brand ready-to-drink teas and juices in the U.S. and Canada. The premium brand is sold in Starbucks and other stores.