Kroger plans to build the first of its high-tech fulfillment centers from its partnership with the UK's Ocado in the Cincinnati area, executives said. The 335,000-square-foot facility will make extensive use of robots and digital technology to boost efficiency, and is the first of 20 such centers planned by Kroger.
A number of schools in New York state have adopted farm-to-school initiatives to use more locally produced food in school meals. Joe Kilmer, a food service director, says school nutrition professionals work hard to prepare healthy meals that students want to eat.
Tops Markets has emerged from Chapter 11 restructuring with a considerably lighter debt load, having trimmed its obligations by about $445 million. The end of restructuring will allow the company to push forward with initiatives such as Tops Grocery Pick Up, CEO Frank Curci said.
The argument that customers need to see and feel their produce instead of ordering it online has been made before about such items as clothing, Chris Walton writes. Consumers have historically gotten over that need and decided to defer to reliable retailers to pick what's best, he writes.
Wine sales were up nearly 5% during the 12-month period ended in October, continuing recent strong sales trends, according to BW166. Cabernet sauvignon led both retail and direct-to-consumer sales, followed by pinot noir and red blends, IRI reports.
Two of the top three export markets for wine in 2019 are in Asia, according to a survey of wine experts by Prowein. Both Taiwan and Singapore landed on the list of the three best growth opportunities for wine exports, with the Czech Republic the only non-Asian site ranked.
The Last Drop Distillers has announced the release of Buffalo Trace Distillery's 1982 bourbon. The Kentucky bourbon is the oldest the company has released, with just 25 bottles available for purchase in the US.
UK confection and spirits innovator Smith & Sinclair has released Fizz, a tablet that immediately turns a bubbly drink into an interesting cocktail. The tablets can go in a sparkling wine or even a soda and come in three flavors: Tropical Passionfruit, Rhubarb Mimosa and Elderflower Spritz.
The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has ordered California winery Copper Cane to change the labels on its Elouan wines. The 2017 Elouan Oregon pinot noir violates state and federal labeling regulations by referring to specific Oregon wine-growing regions, according to the bureau.
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