Kroger and Ocado plan to build a new 350,000-square-foot Customer Fulfillment Center in Frederick, Md. The automated center will take about two years to complete, and will focus on markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Publix Super Markets is joining Instacart to launch a new service called Instacart Meals, which will allow shoppers to order prepared foods -- such as Publix's sub sandwiches -- for either delivery or in-store pickup. The service will be tested in Orlando, Fla., with plans to expand it to other stores later this year.
New York City-based grocer Fairway Market filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, hours after saying it had no plans to liquidate the entire company in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Operator Village Super Market has made an initial bid of around $70 million for five Fairway stores and a distribution center.
Margaret Castle, a teacher at an elementary school in Idaho, writes that student behavior has improved since the school began serving in-class breakfasts for a pilot program. Initial data from the first three weeks of the program show that breakfast participation is 83% -- up from 25% -- and inappropriate behavior referrals are down 16%.
Benefit Cosmetics is launching the "Game Face" campaign targeting the more than 15 million women who enjoy gaming, either as a player or spectator, according to Lisa Li, the beauty brand's director of digital marketing. Benefit is collaborating with Gen.G, an esports team network, to produce a two-week series for Instagram and YouTube that features top women players.
Specialty beverage sales have increased 13% over the last two years with ready-to-drink coffees and teas ranking as the fastest-growing category, followed by water, cold juices and functional drinks, according to Mintel research. Pending and recent launches include Nestea's "flash-brewed" RTD teas, Fizzy Drink Bombs from confectioner Maud Borup, Hint's line of fruit water for kids and four flavors for Hfactor's fitness-water line.
Spangler Candy Company is resuming distribution of Sweethearts Conversation Hearts after the candy's one-year hiatus following Spangler's purchase of the brand from Necco. Production limitations are restricting the variety of phrases appearing on the hearts and distribution to major drugstore chains this year, but full production is expected by 2021, according to Spangler.
Roughly 96,000 gallons, or about 500,000 bottles worth of cabernet sauvignon from Rodney Strong Vineyards spilled into the Russian River Wednesday in Healdsburg in Sonoma County, Calif. The cause of the spill was a blending tank door that had somehow popped open, according to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
The artisanal mezcal business is undergoing a boom, a decade after the tipple was deemed "the next big thing," Eric Asimov writes. The best ones are rustic and singular in taste rather than refined, such as the Rezpiral Abel Martinez Series Four, offering flavors that are "briny, deep and complex with a pronounced saline quality," he writes.
The Agriculture Department has debuted a new strawberry cultivar called Keepsake that was developed at its Agricultural Research Service as part of a project to innovate varieties with longer shelf lives. A two-week test in cold storage revealed that 29% of the berries were degraded, compared to 81% for Chandlers and 93% for Camarosas.
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