SUPERVALU shareholders have voted to reorganize the company in order to make it easier to sell its retail store operations. As such, sales of banners such as Cub Foods could be concluded before the wholesaler's acquisition by United Natural Foods.
Walmart is working with health insurance provider Anthem to help seniors purchase over-the-counter medications and related health items, the retailer said. In January, Walmart will begin including the items in the Anthem Medicare Advantage plan benefits, either in stores or online.
Dr Pepper's new college football campaign features a series of spots that tell the story of a town that loves its local football team. "We conceived what would a world look like that just for college football fans," said Derek Dabrowski, vice president of brand marketing.
A new report from FMI and Acosta details ways grocery retailers can boost sales among health and beauty care products and general merchandise. Suggestions for growth include store placement, competitive pricing and promotions that create awareness.
Ethnic grocers in the Pittsburgh area have thrived by catering to the needs of neighborhood groups and incorporating changes as demographics have changed. That means not only carrying ethnic specialty products that supermarkets will miss but also having products that local students will look for, such as soy milk.
Organic fruit sales rose 12.6% last year from 2016, fueled by a 22% increase in organic berry sales, according to the Organic Produce Network and Nielsen. Volumes of organic bananas and apples jumped 17.5% and 11%, respectively.
Dragon fruit, kiwi fruit and other exotics are growing in popularity in India, writes IG International Director Tarun Arora. Exotic fruit imports are increasing at double-digit rates, and many farmers in India are starting to grow the prized fruits locally to make them more affordable.
US negotiators have dropped a provision in negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement that would have imposed seasonal limits on some agricultural exports from Mexico to the US, according to Mexico's National Agricultural Council. Representatives from the US and Mexico will meet this week to continue talks.
More global wine collectors are investing in top California labels, reports Liv-ex, which this week has launched an index to track prices for top brands from the state. Among the wines included in the California 50 index: Dominus, Opus One and Screaming Eagle.
Many grapevines in Texas have been damaged by drifting herbicides from nearby cotton fields, per a recent University of Missouri report. Although some regulations are in place to prevent the problem, including those that prevent spraying when winds are above 10 mph, winemaker Bobby Cox says those days are so rare in West Texas that herbicide damage is hard to avoid.
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