Amazon has opened the latest location for its cashierless Go stores, its eighth, in one of its Seattle offices. The location is only 450 square feet and is designed to sell to-go lunches and snacks to office workers.
Coca-Cola is finding fresh ways to build strong consumer relationships as part of its innovation strategy, said Chief Financial Officer John Murphy. "The role of innovation is to find ways to make that relationship stronger and to make it authentic. Vending is a great example of a platform that can do that, particularly in the digital world," he said.
H.E. Butt Grocery has made itself a part of the identity of Texas thanks to its commitment to locally sourced products and its state pride, Priya Krishna writes. "This is perhaps one of the most distinguishing factors between H-E-B and the other cult grocers," Krishna writes of the grocer's loyalty to Texas. "People love Publix subs, crave Trader Joe's snacks, and revere Wegmans' customer service, but H-E-B is a way of life."
Kroger is acquiring a portion of Shopko's pharmacy business and will take over the operations of 42 Shopko locations, including 25 in Wisconsin. Prescriptions at those pharmacies will be transferred to in-store pharmacies under several Kroger banners including Pick 'n Save and Metro Market.
SnackFutures, the innovation hub of Mondelez International, is focused on three main areas to help the company become the world leader in snacking: healthier foods, premium snacks and digital platforms. The team employs about 20 people who have already "put a few successes on the board," which could debut in 2019, said Chief Growth Officer Tim Cofer.
Sprouts Farmers Market is one of 13 companies honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce food waste. The company took part in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative, and its Tustin, Calif., stores were cited for year-to-year improvement in waste reduction.
More consumers are using click-and-collect options to complete their shopping trips, and retailers are getting better at helping them do so, Lauren Thomas writes. Retailers such as Target and Home Depot have excelled at embracing the option as a bulwark against online-only merchants, Thomas writes.
New York-based indoor farming startup Bowery has raised $90 million in Series B funding that will be used to expand the concept to more US markets. The goal is to move produce production closer to the consumer, said CEO Irving Fain.
BBC Technologies has launched CURO-2 technology for packing small amounts of blueberries, cherries and other small fruit. "The CURO-2 provides the solution for packing our customers' niche products once they have been graded, as well as providing them with additional capacity when needed," said CEO Geoff Furniss.
California table grape growers are poised for a record season, with shipments on track to continue through the end of next month, according to the California Table Grape Commission. More than 27.7 million boxes were shipped globally from mid-October through November, reports the Agriculture Department.
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