Plantains are appearing in more US supermarket produce sections as the fruit's popularity grows outside of ethnic specialty circles, said Robert Schueller of Melissa's Produce in California. "It is now the second most popular banana variety in the United States, behind the Cavendish," he said.
Mission Produce is gearing up for the end of football season with a retail promotion for its Emeralds in the Rough imperfect avocados dubbed "Emeralds in the End Zone." "The grade 2 fruit is equal in taste and internal quality to the grade 1 fruit but is a little rougher around the edges," said Senior Director of Business Development Patrick Cortes.
Wine consumption in China is expected to reach $23 billion by 2021, Vinexpo forecasts, as rising wealth fuels higher luxury spending. The trend is making China a great destination for wines from brands such as Perfect Wines of South Africa, which commands one-quarter of South Africa's wine sales to China, which are increasing.
Prosecco's light and fresh style has boosted its popularity in the US, where it generated 20% of all sparkling wine sales last year, per Nielsen data. Prosecco's affordability has helped it spread beyond the special occasions for which bubbly used to be reserved, said Kroger wine expert Frank Call.
UK demand for wines from the Rhone Valley is falling after a recent scandal over counterfeit Cotes du Rhone, as well as a lack of marketing for the wine outside of France, Jamie Lawrence writes. The mood engendered by the upheaval over Brexit may also be dampening Britain's taste for imported wines, he writes.
Magnum wine bottles are an ideal choice for the holidays because the larger size can serve bigger groups of guests, writes sommelier Courtney Schiessl. A variety of vintages are available in magnums, including Zonin's Cuvee 1821 Prosecco, Billecart-Salmon's Brut Rose and Fontodi Chianti Classico 2015.
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.