U.K. consumers spent 4% more on organic food and beverages last year, bucking the trend of falling prices for conventional foods, according to a report from the U.K.'s Soil Association. Discount grocers ALDI and Lidl boosted their organic food offerings, as did online grocer Ocado, which now offers 2,654 organic lines.
A Safeway campaign for "thousands of new everyday low prices" features price labels with a new, lower price and the older price crossed out. The program builds on a value emphasis introduced earlier this year with ceiling signs that read, "Low prices on what you buy most."
Jack Daniel's has partnered with Completely Fresh Foods on refrigerated meat entrees made with Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey. The line, which expands on the company's grilling sauces, mustards and marinades sold at retail, includes roasted beef brisket, baby back ribs, pork loin, barbecue pulled pork and pulled chicken.
Plunging commodities prices have grocers continuing to lower prices. Competition for customers will continue to drive down grocery prices this fall, a departure from the trend a few years ago to market gourmet items and amenities.