Target has announced a new grocery brand, Good & Gather, which will include more than 2,000 products ranging from hazelnut spread and salad mixes to milk and eggs. The items will land in stores on Sept. 15 and are expected to become the retailer's largest private label line.
Sprouts Farmers Market has extended its same-day Instacart pickup service to the Phoenix area. More than 12,000 products are now eligible for delivery or pickup through the service.
Grocers have been tapping into the foodservice space to stand out, with offerings like the Backroom Beer Pairings events at Barons Market in Southern California. Hy-Vee Market Grille Happy Hours provide shoppers with deals on appetizers and bar drinks, while Weis Markets boasts a wide selection of wine and beer at its in-store cafes.
Warm summer days have sweetened the Washington peach season, which could run through most of next month and has some area restaurants turning the fruit into desserts and pizza toppings. The state's peach growers produce around 9,000 tons of fruit annually, most of which stays in the region, James Michael of the Washington State Fruit Commission said.
The balance between supply and fast-growing demand has challenged plant-based meat makers including Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, both of which have raised additional funds to boost production. Plant-based chicken nugget maker Rebellyous Foods is also expanding production with plans to move into a 21,000-square-foot Seattle facility that could ultimately produce 100,000 pounds of food per month.
Checkout-free technology is becoming more widespread as Amazon prepares to open 3,000 cashierless stores and other companies eye convenience store and grocery applications. Caper uses a shopping cart with built-in sensors to scan and keep track of purchases, while Grabango has designed a solution that uses shelf sensors.
An urban microgrocery called The Market on Michigan Avenue is scheduled to open next week in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., which has been labeled a food desert. The store will feature locally sourced and sustainably farmed meats and produce along with a deli, dry goods, household necessities and a beer and wine section.
Actor and Scotland native Sam Heughan of Starz network's "Outlander" series is releasing his own whiskey brand, which appears to be named "The Sassenach" based on his social media posts. The project is part of his newly formed company, Great Glen, and a release date for the spirit has not yet been publicly announced.
Milwaukee-based Central Standard Distillery is upending the hard seltzer category with Hard2O, a sugar- and carbohydrate-free flavored vodka mixed with still water that contains just 40 calories per 12-ounce serving and 5% ABV. Meanwhile, White Claw hard seltzer contains 110 calories, the same 5% ABV and 3 grams of carbohydrates, writes Kathy Flanigan.
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Texas law that prevents Walmart from selling packaged liquor in the state does not violate its Constitution. The retailer had sued the state's Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming the law was unconstitutional.
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