Dollar General plans to open three new DG Fresh cold storage sites in Kentucky, Oklahoma and California as it works to increase its capacity to self-distribute frozen and refrigerated products. The company also just opened a new DG Fresh site in Montgomery, Ala., and said that location has created 65 new jobs and will serve 1,500 Dollar General stores, with the same impact being projected for the newly announced sites.
With the usual back-to-school jitters compounded this year by the ongoing pandemic, Kroger wants to help by giving an additional 10% discount to teachers, parents and school administrators each Wednesday through Sept. 9. The special "Extra Credit Wednesdays" promotion will apply to purchases of school and craft supplies, sporting goods, electronics and other general merchandise.
After a successful pilot program in July, Weis Markets will continue to offer free online cooking classes to help people whip up fun and easy meals for children and adults. Each 30-minute class is taught by a registered dietitian and comes with an ingredient list, with sessions covering topics such as "Elementary Kids Cooking Camp," "Intro to Intuitive Eating" and "No Cook Meals."
In a bid to grow market share in the highly competitive online delivery arena, DoorDash has debuted a new digital convenience store called DashMart, which features more than 2,000 selected products and restaurant specialty items that can be delivered in 30 minutes. The new store opened in eight cities Wednesday, including Minneapolis, Chicago and Dallas, and DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said the concept was "a bit like the express lane inside of a store, whether that store is a grocery store or whether that store is a convenience store, or a pharmacy."
Sales in center store categories have grown dramatically during the pandemic, and that's created some new opportunities for grocers that will likely continue once the outbreak eases, said IRI's Sally Lyons Watt. In this podcast, she discusses the center-store impacts of changing shopping behaviors and the increased focus on healthy products, among other topics.
For the third consecutive year, Wegmans has been ranked No. 1 among brick-and-mortar supermarket pharmacies, followed this year by Publix and Winn-Dixie, respectively. The 2020 J.D. Power US Pharmacy Study examined satisfaction with brick-and-mortar and mail-order pharmacy services, with rankings based on responses from more than 13,000 customers polled between September 2019 and May.
Pennsylvania's June liquor sales showed the poorest performance among the 17 alcoholic beverage control states tracked by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, a continuation of declining sales seen since the start of the pandemic. While 9-liter spirit cases sales dropped 4.6% in Pennsylvania during June, they were up by an average of 13.1% among the 16 other control states, with six of those states posting sales growth from 22% to 55% during the month.
With the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic predicted to cause a wave of bar and restaurant closures, many smaller alcohol wholesalers -- whose businesses skew toward on-premise consumers -- are in jeopardy of being forced to consolidate, writes Thomas Pellechia. In turn, this could precipitate troubles for smaller wineries in need of placing their products, he adds.
Adirondack Winery is preparing to up production capacity by adding an 11,000-square-foot building, set to be completed in about a year, to its site in New York's Lake George region. The winery currently produces a range of about 35 wines and 17,000 cases annually, co-owner Sasha Pardy said, adding that "[w]e have outgrown our capacity in our current building and have a need for a larger winery and more office and storage space."
Second-label wines, typically produced on the same estate and by the same winemakers as high-end wines but using fruit not selected for the flagship vintage, should be viewed as approachable wines with their own merits rather than the inferior cousin of the winery's premium bottling, Lettie Teague writes. Among Teague's recommended second-label wines from premium producers are the 2018 Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the Delamotte Brut Non Vintage Champagne.