Same-day delivery of alcohol is now available at BJ's Wholesale Club stores across six states. The company recently introduced the service to Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina locations, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts stores.
Kroger is switching date labels for its Our Brands products in an effort to cut down on food waste while protecting consumer health. The labels consist of a use-by date for safety and a best-if-used-by date to indicate food quality, both of which have been recommended by FMI and GMA, and will be fully incorporated by next year.
Cauliflower is finding its way into more products as consumers look to cut carbs and gluten from their diets and eat more vegetables. Conagra introduced a cauliflower salad dressing, Cali'flour Foods rolled out a new line of frozen pizzas and Perdue Farms has crafted blended chicken products like nuggets and patties.
Grocers have surpassed the restaurant, entertainment and nongrocery retail categories when it comes to superior customer experience, according to KPMG research. H.E. Butt Grocery took second place for top individual brands, Amazon placed sixth and Costco ranked eighth.
Iowa-based Fareway Meat and Grocery is rolling out digital signs to all 125 of its locations by next year. The signs will be used to display prices, sales, food pairing suggestions and health facts.
About 68% of UK shoppers surveyed said they now take advantage of click-and-collect programs and 85% of customers opting to pick up online orders buy additional items while in the store, according to Barclaycard survey data. Amazon offers shoppers there the option of picking up at Next stores.
Family-owned Sendik's Food Market has spent $5 million on renovations at its store in Brookfield, Wis. The updated store features a high-end bistro, grill station, gathering space, mezzanine level lounge, juice bar and a floral shop.
Danone is taking a minority stake in plant-based creamery Forager Project, which produces alternative dairy products including yogurt, milk and sour cream. The creamery, based in San Francisco, also makes plant-based snack chips as well as protein and probiotic shakes.
Beyond Burger maker Beyond Meat is expanding its plant-based portfolio to include sausage. Ingredients for the new Beyond Sausage include fava beans and pea protein but with 40% less saturated fat than its pork sausage counterpart, said Will Schafer, the company's vice president of marketing.
A Supreme Court decision in June that struck down a Tennessee residency requirement for purchasing liquor licenses could make it easier for consumers nationwide to buy wine online, writes Sarah Klearman. The ruling set a precedent of prohibiting discrimination against retailers from outside the state, which could broaden wineries' ability to make direct-to-consumer wine shipments, she explains.
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