The Sam's Club Now location in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, one-fourth the size of the usual club retail site, has embraced virtual reality and other technology to make the shopping experience more seamless. In fact, scan-and-go shopping that skips checkout is the only way to buy in the test store.
Smaller families and a preference for more natural care of livestock have prompted millennials to choose smaller turkeys over the iconic huge centerpiece bird for Thanksgiving. Another benefit they see in smaller turkeys is fewer leftovers.
Kraft Heinz is bringing Jell-O slime to store shelves next month in Unicorn Slime strawberry and Monster Slime lime varieties. "While do-it-yourself edible slime recipes are popular on Pinterest and YouTube, until today, there hasn't been an edible slime available from a national brand," the company said.
Experts at Whole Foods Market have listed the top 10 trends they expect to see in 2019, with number one being Pacific Rim flavors such as passion fruit and mango. Other trends include probiotics, especially in shelf-stable items, and growing consumer preferences for fatty foods.
Ahold Delhaize is looking to add more properties to its grocery portfolio in the US, according to quotes from CEO Frans Muller in a Dutch newspaper. The company currently operates such banners as Stop & Shop and Giant Food in the US market.
Stop & Shop is highlighting the efficiency of its in-store fulfillment centers, which speed the compilation of orders. The centers can be added to existing stores in a few months, concentrating 90% of the items sold online together for easier fulfillments.
The number of shoppers buying grocery items online for Thanksgiving this year is expected to more than double, reaching 44% of consumers, according to Digital Grocery Survey: 2018 Holiday Edition from RichRelevence. The top reason for shopping online was convenience, cited by 73% of respondents.
Korea's CJ CheilJedang will acquire an 80% stake in Schwan's for $1.8 billion, and the Schwan family will retain the remaining 20%. The company's portfolio includes such brands as Freschetta, Red Baron, Mrs. Smith's and Edwards.
Coca-Cola's Chief Digital Officer David Godsman has outlined three ways the company is transforming itself to engage with consumers in a digital world. The firm aims to develop personalized experiences, digitize with its customers and use technology to make the company more efficient on a daily basis, he said.
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