Germany-based discount grocer Lidl will open three stores in Cumberland County in southern New Jersey, including one store that will be adjacent to a ShopRite location. The region's supermarket lineup also includes Aldi and Save-A-Lot.
Zion Market will open a Korean-American grocery with special amenities in Irvine, Calif., which will be a new prototype for the regional chain. The store, called Zion Mart, will feature prepackaged Asian meals, a cold-pressed juice and espresso bar and kombucha on tap.
Supermarkets' prepared food offerings seem poised to compete well with shipped meal kits in 2017 as consumers cook at home but also add pre-made portions to their meals, a trend that Whole Foods Market calls "mindful meal prep." Grocerant sales climbed 16.4% in 2016, according to Nielsen.
A startup called StorePower says its software will help groceries of any size efficiently prepare online orders for pickup or delivery. With the StorePower software, customers can order via text, and employees assembling the orders can skip the checkout line.
Santa Rosa, Calif., will be the scene this summer of the first conference for the wine and marijuana industries to compare notes and seek ways of working together. The Wine & Weed Symposium this June will discuss possible areas of cooperation including regulations, farming and tourism.
Four Napa Valley winemakers will no longer refer to their dessert wines as port, in keeping with the view that a wine's name should reflect its area of origin. Portuguese winemakers inducted Napa Valley's Boyd Family Vineyards, Freemark Abbey, Jessup Cellars and Schweiger Vineyards into the Confraria do Vinho do Porto and recognized them for making the voluntary change.
A wine startup called Alit is taking a new approach to wine buying by listing the different components of its price. The company website includes the profit markup, which highlights the company's effort to make a premium product more affordable with a streamlined business model, winemaker Mark Tarlov said.
Ethical Wine & Spirits has added an acai-based liqueur to its Fair line of fair-trade products. The drink will feature fruit from Amazon rainforests, and the brand will continue to share some profits with local development programs.
Mead is gaining popularity in the US as more producers enter the market and consumers become more adventurous with drink choices in the spirit of the craft beer movement. There are more than 300 commercial meaderies in the US, and some are experimenting with modern flavors, such as B. Nektar's Devil's Juice made with chili peppers and smoked pineapple.
A bill in New Mexico's legislature would allow restaurant customers to bring in a bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal. Under the measure, the establishments would make their own choices about whether to charge a corkage fee.
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