Shipt has announced a deal with Mercatus Technologies of Canada, a digital services provider for grocers. The partnership will help Shipt expand its footprint with a larger network of retailers, including Weis, Price Chopper and Tops.
Several grocery chains in North America are employing produce butchers to perform prep tasks for shoppers as a way of personalizing the shopping experience, D. Gail Fleenor writes. "A produce butcher likely appeals most to millennials, who generally are most interested in unique offerings at grocers," said Caleb Bryant, senior analyst for Mintel.
Kozmo.com, once a delivery service for anything available on the internet, has been revived under new management, with a focus on grocery orders. Now operated by grocery platform Yummy, the company will focus on next-day delivery of orders costing $35 or more with a $5.99 fee.
HelloFresh has bought Boulder, Colo.-based organic meal-kit rival Green Chef for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will give HelloFresh subscribers more meal-kit options such as certified organic, vegan and gluten-free.
Lifestyle brand Farm Star Living will partner to promote produce brands including Del Monte Fresh Produce, Harvest Sensations and Sun Pacific's Cuties line. "I want people to not only celebrate farmers, but to better understand these food brands as well," said Farm Star founder Mary Blackmon.
Farmers, produce markets and farm-to-table chefs in Puerto Rico are slowly coming back after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria six months ago. "We had farmers who lost everything," said chef and restaurateur Xavier Pacheco, an early advocate of local sourcing.
Wine importer, vintner and marketer Robert Haas passed away last weekend at age 90. Haas was a key figure in bringing top Bordeaux and Burgundy labels to the US though his company, Vineyard Brands.
For the first time in seven years, the value of American wine exports dropped by 5.5% last year. Effective trade agreements between the US and other countries will be imperative in allowing exports to rise again, California's Wine Institute said.
Scottish distiller NB Gin has reached a deal to have two of its lines sold at Total Wine & More in the US. NB is on a quick growth path with plans for 24-hour production and to open a visitors center in Scotland's North Berwick, its namesake.
Three years of drought have become an economic threat to the prosperity of South Africa's Western Cape region, notably to the area's vineyards. Rationing and price increases have led to vines getting just enough water to stay alive, said winemaker Marlize Jacobs.