Rowe's Supermarkets plans to open six stores in former Albertsons locations in Northern Florida that will feature premium foods priced competitively and offered in a no-frills setting. While some analysts are encouraged by the grocer's attempt to carve out a niche, one consultant worries Rowe's will be hurt by lack of brand recognition in the Jacksonville market.
Fonterra is rebuilding a fire-damaged site in Takaka, New Zealand, to focus on milk powder and the processing of milk from the Golden Bay catchment. The plant manager said the reconfiguration "reflected this region's unique geography and the difficulties in transporting milk from Golden Bay to be processed elsewhere."
Minyard Food Stores is going after the growing Hispanic market in an effort to better compete with discount chains. Along with the conversion of some of its units to its Latino-focused Carnival format, the company is also developing its outreach to African-Americans, as well as Asian and Eastern European immigrants shopping at its 68 stores in Texas.