To help with social distancing, Costco has announced it will allow members to bring only one guest into its stores while shopping. The move, which takes effect Friday, is the latest effort by the wholesaler to stop the spread of the coronavirus, with other changes including shorter hours, dedicated shopping times for seniors and sales restrictions on some in-demand items.
Coca-Cola's annual survey of shopper preferences showed H.E. Butt Grocery, Publix and Kroger's King Soopers stores earned top marks from customers in categories that measured trust, loyalty and value, among other metrics. H-E-B ranked first in the Advocacy category, King Soopers and H-E-B were tied atop the Frequency category and Publix topped the Trial category.
Hy-Vee will start offering dedicated online shopping time for seniors and others at high risk from coronavirus, similar to in-store policies that allow those customers to shop undisturbed at certain times of the day. Aisles Online, Hy-Vee's online ordering service, will begin reserving time slots between 7 and 8 a.m. daily for seniors, expectant moms and people with underlying health conditions that could make them more vulnerable to the virus.
Ahold Delhaize USA said Tuesday it has earmarked $10 million to address "critical needs" in local communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Holt, USA CEO of the grocer, called the donation a "responsibility" and said the company was "inspired by the selfless dedication of medical professionals and first responders, the acts of kindness and compassion across the globe, and the commitment from our own team to serve and feed their families, friends and neighbors."
Tupelo Public School District in Mississippi is working with the Tupelo/Lee County Hunger Coalition on a meal delivery service that starts today, using school buses to transport food to students at eight sites. The district also is continuing to provide grab-and-go meals at two area schools.
Dairy Farmers of America has reemerged as the winning bidder for 44 of Dean Foods' fluid and frozen facilities. DFA will acquire these assets for $433 million, while Prairie Farms Dairy is purchasing eight Dean facilities for $75 million.
SunnyD is rereleasing its limited-edition lemonade and watermelon flavors for summer while Lifeaid is debuting a zero-sugar version of its original nootropic drink. Brew Dr has added a tropical flavor to its Uplift caffeinated kombucha line, and Clean Cause is extending its sparkling yerba mate line with a watermelon mint flavor.
Lindt & Spruengli has adjusted its 2020 projected growth downward due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company reports slower-than-expected sales in travel retail, grocery, foodservice and other channels.
Restaurants around the country are experimenting with America's beloved burger, with options like the No Regrets Burger from Chicago's Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar made with duck rillettes, egg, gold leaf and bowfin caviar. Comfort and creativity combine with a mac & cheese burger at Truffles n Bacon Cafe in Las Vegas, while North Carolina's The Cowfish blurs the lines between sushi and burgers.
Restaurant closures around the country due to the pandemic are taking a toll on craft brewers, many of which are small businesses that sell mostly or exclusively on-premises and on draft, according to the Brewers Association. The outbreak could also shift many beer fans from premium-priced craft brews to big brands, analysts say.
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