Ahold Delhaize USA has fully converted its Freetown Grocery distribution center in Massachusetts -- a 1.1 million-square-foot site that serves Stop & Shop -- to a self-managed network as part of a three-year, $480 million project to move to a self-distribution supply chain. Another distribution center in Pennsylvania will undergo a similar transformation this year and the grocer plans to open 23 such facilities over the next two years.
After the circumstances of the pandemic helped push up its total sales in 2020, Publix is now planning a 33% increase in capital spending for the coming year. The grocer, which has 20 new stores under construction in five states, has allocated $1.6 billion for capital projects, up from the $1.2 billion it spent last year.
Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation will invest $2.5 million in grants and other support for startup companies developing innovative methods to fight food waste. The foundation, working with Village Capital, has issued an open call for proposals designed to recover or reuse food that otherwise would have been thrown out, and will ultimately choose 10 companies to receive $100,000 in upfront seed money.
Customers living within six miles of five Schnuck Markets in the St. Louis area will now be able to have prepared foods delivered through the grocer's partnership with DoorDash. Shoppers can use the Schnucks rewards app, or the DoorDash site or app, to order prepared products such as sandwiches, chicken wings and side salads from the grocer's deli department.
Tops Markets is now selling its gift cards on its website, through a partnership with the payment provider Blackhawk Network. With digital card sales exploding in the overall e-commerce boom, Tops Senior Vice President Diane Colgan said the grocer wanted to "launch our online gift card program quickly to meet these rapidly emerging shopping preferences."
Cargill employees at beef processing sites in Nebraska, Michigan and Kansas will soon be able to get COVID-19 vaccines under a collaborative program between the company and state health departments. Although they won't move ahead of health care workers and other at-risk people in the vaccine line, Cargill employees over age 65 will soon be eligible for the shots and the company is offering four hours of paid time off to employees who receive the vaccine.
The sales of spirits overtook wine in the UK for the first time last year with the biggest growth seen among families with young children ages 0-4. Though Richard Lee, Kantar's head of alcohol, thinks it was a "high water mark," given the unprecedented nature of the year.
Smirnoff is pairing virtual workouts with happy hour as part of its Women's History Month celebrations that will feature a variety of influencers and celebrities, including professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe. The company also is making a $50,000 donation to Black Girl Ventures that helps women find business capital.
Kevin Faul discovered tamarinds at a fair and has created the US's first tamarind liqueur, Tamarelo. The smooth and tangy flavor works in a variety of drinks from old-fashions, margaritas and mai tais, says founder Kevin Faul.
The new Prosecco Rose is quickly catching on in UK and other markets, infusing new interest in the Italian wines made from Glera grapes. Last year, 16.8 million bottles were produced, and 1 million bottles were sold by one UK retailer alone.
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