Dollar General is now offering a larger selection of fresh fruit and vegetables at 650 of its 16,000-plus stores. The store recently showcased its new produce section at two renovated locations in Baton Rouge, La., and has plans to extend it to 1,000 stores by the end of 2020.
Consumers are less worried about potential health risks from their grocery visits than they were last month, a new report from Deloitte showed. The survey of 1,000 shoppers, interviewed between May 12 and 16, revealed that 42% said they felt safe during their trips to buy groceries, up from 34% who felt the same way in late April.
KFC is testing a revamped chicken sandwich in Orlando, Fla., starting this week, a move that could revive the chicken sandwich war set off by the launch of Popeyes' offering last year. The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is 20% larger than its current sandwich and will sell for $3.99 through June 21 or until supplies run out.
Wegmans still plans to open three new stores in New York, North Carolina and Virginia this year, but noted that it would take a more cautious approach to getting the locations up and running. The grocer said it will offer a "targeted time frame" for opening each store, would dispense with grand opening festivities and offer online ordering and curbside pickup to help with social distancing.
School nutrition professionals in Utah's San Juan School District are delivering daily about 5,000 meals by bus to students during the coronavirus pandemic, including in part of the hard-hit Navajo Nation. The district has adapted to delivering breakfasts and lunches and has reached out to local hotels and restaurants to ensure a steady supply of food, said Anna Fredricks, food service director.
Vegan tuna brand Good Catch has attracted celebrity investors Woody Harrelson, Shailene Woodley, Paris Hilton and Lance Bass. The brand aims to mitigate ocean overfishing and raised $32 million earlier this year in a funding round led by 301 Inc., the venture unit at General Mills.
Eggs bites are increasing in consumer interest as they align with paleo, keto, gluten-free and other nutrition trends, writes Donna Berry. Brands entering the category at retail include Organic Valley with three varieties available in late July and Nestle's Life Cuisine frozen sous-vide line in two varieties: tomato and spinach egg white, and uncured turkey bacon and aged white cheddar.
Powdered sports-drink brand SOS Hydration is releasing a ready-to-drink vitamin water line in four flavors. The line will debut online this summer with a retail launch likely to follow in early 2021 or potentially sooner in select stores, according to CEO James Mayo.
Ready-to-drink tea sales are increasing, and green tea varieties are driving the most growth with dollar sales spiking 72.7% for the year ending April 25, according to Nielsen data. Consumers are seeking premiumization from the bagged tea market that addresses wellness benefits and unique functional properties, said Roger Dilworth, senior analyst at Beverage Marketing Corp.
Argentinian winemakers are moving away from so-called "fruit bombs" -- dark-hued malbecs with heavy dark berry aromas -- and making lighter versions that are more food-friendly and contain a lower ABV of 13% to 13.5% versus the traditional 15.5%, writes Michael Schachner. At Traslapiedra winery in Mendoza, co-owner and co-winemaker Juan Facundo Suarez focuses on making "easy-drinking" malbec through a short maceration period and aging in concrete.
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