Sales in center store categories have grown dramatically during the pandemic, and that's created some new opportunities for grocers that will likely continue once the outbreak eases, said IRI's Sally Lyons Watt. In this podcast, she discusses the center-store impacts of changing shopping behaviors and the increased focus on healthy products, among other topics.
For the third consecutive year, Wegmans has been ranked No. 1 among brick-and-mortar supermarket pharmacies, followed this year by Publix and Winn-Dixie, respectively. The 2020 J.D. Power US Pharmacy Study examined satisfaction with brick-and-mortar and mail-order pharmacy services, with rankings based on responses from more than 13,000 customers polled between September 2019 and May.
A 12% net sales increase in North America helped lift Colgate-Palmolive's year-over-year net income by 8.4% for the second quarter. Continued pandemic-related demand for its hand soaps, dish detergents and cleaning products supported the quarter's results, said CEO Noel Wallace.
Consumer demand for more sustainably produced food and beverage products is driving an increase in upcycled ingredient use with roughly 400 products currently available, according to the Upcycled Food Association. These products include a brownie mix featuring upcycled okra flour from Renewal Mill and crispy salmon skin snacks from Good Fish.
Dole Packaged Foods has unveiled The Dole Promise, a six-step initiative aimed at improving access to healthy food and reducing its environmental impact that focuses on improving our current circumstances as well as build a more sustainable world for future generations, said Pier Luigi Sigismondi, president of Dole. "We are humble enough to recognize that we do not have all the answers; and we can't do this by ourselves," added Sigismondi. "We are putting our faith in innovative, enduring partnerships with others who, like us, see that it is time for a change."
Growing at-home consumption lifted beverage sales 12.4% for the four weeks ending July 25 across channels, according to a Goldman Sachs study of Nielsen data. The final two weeks saw sales for Keurig Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo jump 18.6%, 13% and 11.6%, respectively.
Zero-sugar sparkling water brand Sanzo, which offers three flavors popular in Asia -- lychee, mango and calamansi -- has raised $1.3 million in seed funding. Founder and CEO Sandro Roco plans to use the funds to usher the brand into a wider brick-and-mortar and online retail network, including Amazon.
BodyArmor has signed seven additional professional athletes to serve as brand ambassadors, including NBA star Trae Young who wants to support a brand that "has the potential to be something big," said Young. Consumers most likely to grow the sport drink market are fitness enthusiasts and amateur athletes due to an increase in these activities during the coronavirus pandemic, said brand founder and CEO Mike Repole.
Hostess Brands beat analyst expectations for the fourth quarter in a row by posting revenue growth of 11.7% for the second quarter over the same period in 2019. CEO Andy Callahan credits this growth to the company's ability to adjust production and distribution to meet pandemic-related changes in demand and the Voortman cookie acquisition.
Two years ago, the American Dairy Association North East began offering virtual farm tours for schools whose students couldn't visit dairy farms. The program, hosted through the video conferencing platform Zoom, allows students to see how the farms work, and speak with farmers about day-to-day operations and how the modern dairy industry uses technology.