Kroger has added between 25 and 40 new jobs at stores that offer its click-and-collect ClickList service, starting with a full-time manager, lead selector and lead attendant to get the service up and running, said Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager of Kroger's Delta Division. The retailer has the potential to add additional jobs at its stores with the eventual launch of a home-delivery service, Evans said.
Multicultural shoppers represent a $2.2 billion food retail market, as they spend 4% more per year on fresh foods and visit stores with fresh selections 3% more than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen. The report found that fresh foods have a significant part in the cultures of multicultural families, and that more consumers are seeking out multicultural flavors.
FMI, GMA and other groups including retailers, manufacturers and even Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic are ramping up with the launch of a program that is meant to make food labels less confusing for consumers. The voluntary program, which FMI and GMA hope will be widely used by next summer, aims to cut expiration date language from more than 10 variations to two -- "best if used by" for non-perishable foods and "use by" for perishable foods.
A call in Virginia to boycott Trump Winery wines looks like it could be backfiring, with customers specifically looking to buy it, according to Dan Locche, co-owner of Straight Up Wine and Liquor in Kenmore, N.Y. Customers who wanted the wines bought him out of his supply, Locche said.
Quality sparkling wines aren't limited to France and Italy, and can be found in surprising regions such as New Zealand and Long Island, N.Y., writes Courtney Schiessl. In addition, producers in Portugal, England, Germany and New York's Finger Lakes are creating high-level bottles of bubbly.
Bills on both sides of the Minnesota legislature will be debated this week that would end the ban on Sunday liquor sales. One bill would completely drop the ban, while another would permit only limited Sunday hours while prohibiting new deliveries.
State liquor stores in Pennsylvania will be operating normally on Presidents Day, a result of the changes passed into law in the state last year. Now state stores can be open on holidays including Memorial Day and July 4.
Organic food sales are on the rise in the UK as consumer spending on groceries picks up. Supermarket chains Tesco and Waitrose and online grocer Ocado reported strong sales growth in the organic category last year, and demand for organic has expanded from fresh produce to categories such as dairy, fish and pasta.
Louisiana's strawberry crop is in about a month ahead of schedule after a warm winter and just the right amount of rain, and growers are expecting a bountiful harvest. The season typically runs from March through May, but this year ripe fruit was available before Valentine's Day.
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