Instacart and Fabric have joined to provide US and Canadian food retailers with microfulfillment centers. The facilities will use both robotic software and front-end e-commerce technology to accelerate and facilitate online grocery orders placed through the Instacart Marketplace or through a retailer's branded Instacart e-commerce site.
Snack consumption is changing in the US, with shoppers now prioritizing nutritious, healthy products. Major confectionery and CPG companies are making moves to cater to the trend, with Hershey's Kristen Riggs saying, "Expanding our expertise, building new capabilities and delivering more choices in better-for-you confection is the next big category opportunity for us to lead."
A Reddit poster has leaked preliminary pricing details for products expected to debut at the Samsung Unpacked event on Aug. 11. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 are among the products that will reportedly be unveiled.
Meals somehow taste better when served atop a placemat -- and Leah Goggins writes that this holds especially true for a lunch at a work desk. Goggins rounds up a variety of easy-to-clean placemats and cloth napkins from Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Target and Etsy that feature florals, foxes, filigree and more.
The Fresh Market's initial public offering filing and Nestle Toll House's fall lineup of cookie dough and baking mixes attracted SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week. ALDI's small-format design and new CPG products from Kellogg and Pringles also ranked high with readers.
C&S Wholesale Grocers will acquire the frozen service contract for Albertsons from Burris Logistics. "We look forward to further strengthening our service in the important growing frozen segment and supporting the growth and continued success of our retail partner Albertsons," said C&S CEO Bob Palmer.
The US online grocery market saw a 23% year-over-year decline in June sales, according to the Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey. While sales fell to $6.8 billion, grocery pickup continued to strengthen as the monthly average user base grew nearly 16%.
Retail merchandising company Siffron is refining display methods to keep pace with seafood's popularity after sales spiked during the pandemic. Thirty-five percent of shoppers reported cooking more seafood now than before the outbreak, according to a study from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
A study from FMI shows food retailers have increased their commitment to health and well-being, with 84% of respondents saying their company has defined a health and well-being strategy. "Eighty-five percent of food retail executives who responded to the survey view these initiatives as key selling points for their store's brand to compete for customer loyalty, and 69% believe they are a significant business growth opportunity for the entire industry in the years ahead," said FMI's Krystal Register.
Whirlpool reported a 31.7% year-over-year increase in second-quarter sales on Thursday while warning that it could raise prices again on certain products because of inflation worries, says Chief Financial Officer Jim Peters. "We have been pretty predictable in terms of raw materials and pretty stable in terms of our outlook," says Chairman and CEO Marc Blitzer.
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