Kroger's deal to sell its Simple Truth products via Chinese online retailer Alibaba highlights the company's commitment to finding international partners to work with, Randy Hofbauer writes. This outreach for partnerships is helping Kroger find new markets that can offer sustainable growth, even where it doesn't have physical stores, he writes.
Big-box retailer Meijer is preparing to open the first location of its Bridge Street Market concept later this month in Grand Rapids, Mich. The 37,000-square-foot prototype store is focused on fresh and prepared foods, emphasizing local brands and deli and bakery items while also carrying Meijer brands.
The California avocado season will be shorter than originally expected, though growers still consider this year's yield a robust one despite nearby wildfires. Crops are expected to keep coming in through August, with a total yield of about 300 million pounds, lower than an initial estimate of 350 million pounds.
Raley's has introduced a pharmacy app for customers that alerts them with texts when their prescriptions are ready. The app, developed with partner mscripts, also allows shoppers to order refills and get directions to locations.
The long-term effects of wildfire smoke are raising concerns again this year about the flavors of the wine in Oregon, especially in wineries near the California border. "It's definitely something that's on the mind of wine growers, winemakers and the industry as a whole," says Willamette Valley winemaker David Anderson.
Charles Shaw, the namesake behind Trader Joe's popular "two-buck Chuck" wine, has not earned any money from the nearly 1 billion bottles of it that have been sold since 2002. Shaw began selling his gamay wine for $2 a bottle at Trader Joe's decades ago, but a packaging error, a bug infestation and a divorce ended his business, and the brand was later sold off.
Resource Label Group has acquired Paragon Label in a move Paragon founder Jason Grossman said will provide "some horsepower" to its growing wine label printing business. Resource Label has printers in Oregon, Washington and Canada, while Paragon's customers are mainly in California's Sonoma and Napa counties.
Agricultural entrepreneurs building indoor farming ventures to expand the availability of fresh produce year-round are finding strawberries particularly tricky to grow. The key challenge is that strawberries require bees for pollination, and some startups are working on solutions that could include robots.
Prices for iceberg lettuce rose this month on a weather-driven supply shortage, spurring an increase in demand for romaine. Romaine demand decreased after an E. coli outbreak several months ago that was linked to romaine.
Federal authorities have lifted a quarantine on an area of Solano County, Calif., after successfully eradicating the Medfly population. Mediterranean fruit flies were first detected in the area last summer, and three life cycles have since elapsed with no further insects being detected.
- Page 1