Walmart wins over more customers from pet-owning homes than other national retailers, according to a report from Packaged Facts. Walmart's perceived advantages in pricing along with convenience and available brands helped it win over pet owners, according to the report.
H.E. Butt Grocery will close one of its smaller Houston-area locations and convert the space into a fulfillment center for online and pickup orders, the company announced. The 28,000-square-foot location could not offer all that customers want from a modern store and couldn't compete with other local retailers, said President Scott McClelland.
Kraft Heinz has adjusted the recipes for products such as Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft Mac & Cheese to meet the needs of shoppers who increasingly seek healthier options, said CEO Bernardo Hees. "So even with consumers telling me great things about Capri Sun -- you all grew up with good memories about the brand -- you wouldn't choose it anymore," he said.
Marketing food to women is not about creating different products, but understanding how women share and discover items, according to Lisa Mabe-Konstantopoulos, CEO of Green Purse PR. Brands need to understand how products fit into women's busy lives and how they shop in order to reach them successfully, she said.
Leaders have to do a lot of talking, but they need to remember when to stop and listen, writes Peter Tourian, CEO of SYNERGY HomeCare. Otherwise, they'll miss out on valuable insight from customers, employees and other stakeholders about how to improve their business, he writes.
Acre Ventures and Scotts Miracle-Gro have invested $4 million in Back to the Roots, a startup that sells mushroom-growing kits and other products aimed at millennial parents who want to know where their food comes from. The investment will allow the brand to expand its presence at retailers such as Target and Costco.
South Korean grocery E-Mart now sells bananas in packages with the fruit at different stages of ripeness. The packaging solution, designed to prevent waste by providing a ripe banana each day of the week, won kudos from consumers on Twitter.
Watershed Garden Works in Longview, Wash., is part of a growing group of community supported agriculture operations in the area aimed at educating the public on the benefits of buying locally produced food. "There's a direct line between what we eat and our health," said Watershed co-owner Scott Edwards.
A researcher at Michigan's Grand Valley State University has won a $96,007 state grant to test an invention that would detect E. coli contamination at harvest. The product would identify E. coli on food particles in 20 seconds, researcher Kevin Strychar said.
California-based Apeel Sciences has created a plant-based product that makes a protective barrier to extend the shelf life of produce. Since Harps Food Stores started carrying its avocados, sales across the avocado category increased 10%, according to Apeel, which also entered Costco stores with its avocados a few months ago.