AmazonFresh has expanded to Minneapolis, Houston and Phoenix, the company announced this week. The service is now available in 18 metro areas across the nation.
Updating marketing strategies to keep up with today's informed shoppers is crucial for supermarkets to succeed in the age of discount grocers, says IGA CEO John Ross. "Independents must embrace the obligation to serve their neighborhood, which requires figuring out how to serve low-income customers, high-value customers and high-service customers," he says.
KFC has launched a new item called Mac & Cheese Bowls, combining macaroni and cheese and popcorn chicken, as part of its $5 Fill Up menu. "Mac and cheese has a cult-like following, and bowl food is a trend that isn't going away anytime soon," said Andrea Zahumensky, the chain's chief marketing officer.
An estimated 5.6 million children have food allergies, or 1 in 13, registered dietitian Emily Rubin writes. Rubin outlines common allergies and food intolerance issues, then offers suggestions on how families can manage these restrictions as they transition into the school year.
Milk consumption at schools has declined in recent years, coinciding with a regulatory change in 2012, which banned 1% flavored milk from school nutrition programs. In this commentary, Julie Sweney of the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative writes that a proposed bill called the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019, aims to give schools the option to provide 1% flavored milk to their students.
While much scrutiny is paid to baby boomers and millennials by wine marketers, Generation X is a critical demographic that should not be neglected in the process, say Silicon Valley Bank's Rob McMillan and Forbes contributors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen. In an analysis of 2017-2019 data, direct-to-consumer retailer Wine Access found that Gen Xers spent an average of 13% more per order than baby boomers and millennials of drinking age, and Gen Xers this year have spent 6% more per order versus their younger peers.
At this year's US Open, which runs through Sept. 8, the best-selling drink is the Honey Deuce, a blend of Grey Goose vodka with lemonade and raspberry liqueur, adorned with a garnish of honeydew melon balls. First introduced as the competition's official drink in 2007, over 1 million have sold at the event since, and it is served at several New York bars and restaurants, writes Elva Ramirez.
Pistachio paste can be gritty or lack freshness, but whole pistachios that have been blanched, peeled and toasted will yield a bright, fresh flavor when used to infuse ice cream base, writes Stella Parks. Slowly roasting the pistachios in olive or pistachio oil will enhance their flavor enough to stand out in ice cream.
Target's launch of Good & Gather, its biggest private-label grocery line to date, topped this week's Top 10 list. News of Enlightened launching keto-friendly ice cream and Hershey taking stake in two companies also proved of interest to SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week.
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