Eliminating barriers to women's participation in the workforce could increase growth in advanced economies by 6% and produce even larger gains in emerging markets, according to Citigroup researchers. Labor force participation rates remain lower for women than men in many countries, including the US, where the gap is more than 10 percentage points.
The days leading up to Thanksgiving can be stressful for Instacart and other grocery delivery services, as first-time customers sign on for the convenience and a chance to avoid supermarket crowds. Satisfied newbies turn into loyal long-term customers, companies say, while glitches can turn consumers off on the service forever.
Door to Door Organics shuttered its operations Friday, after 20 years in the grocery delivery business. The move came abruptly after recent comments from its CEO that indicated future funding and growth for the retailer.
Walmart will team with Deliv to add same-day grocery delivery service in the San Jose, Calif., market. The move will add to the companies' partnerships, which have included last-mile grocery delivery and in-home delivery of groceries and other packages.
CPG manufacturers are increasingly turning to plant-based ingredients as solutions to consumer demand for healthy snacking, with vegetables, grains and pulses popping up in more snack products. Vegetable snacks accounted for 45% of the dollar sales in the alternative-ingredient salty snack category last year, while grain-based snacks generated 40% of the segment and pulse-based snacks accounted for 15% of sales, according to Packaged Facts.
Avocados From Mexico debuted a short film called "Avocadoland" last month at PMA's Fresh Summit in New Orleans. The movie, which tracks the fruit from groves in Michoacan, Mexico, to consumers in the US, is slated to be followed by two more episodes this month.
Trader Joe's has issued a recall on packaged salads after shards of glass and pieces of hard plastic were discovered by a supplier. The recall includes several varieties of salads made with chicken and turkey.
Belgium-based engineering startup Octinion has developed an automated strawberry picker that uses technology to determine ripeness and a 3D-printed "hand" that safely picks the fruit at a speed similar to that of human workers, the company said.
The growing trend toward imbibing premium drinks while out on the town is helping to boost spending in groceries on alcohol, according to a Kantar study. Grocers and other stores in the UK are offering more high-end choices to meet consumers' higher expectations, said Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel.
UK grocer Tesco is offering two low-alcohol sparkling wines, in the wake of its successful introduction of three still wines with low alcohol this summer. “Consumption of alcohol in the UK is down 18% over the last decade and we’re seeing more customers looking for a quality wine-drinking experience without the alcohol," said Tesco wine expert Alexandra Runciman.