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.
No need for a boring dorm room this term. A variety of smart devices can liven things up, including color-changing wall panels and light bulbs, smart speakers, voice-activated microwaves, smart clocks and smart plugs.
Users of LG's ThinQ mobile app will soon be able to issue voice commands to manage Wi-Fi-enabled LG appliances such as air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers. The app, which will be available by the end of the year in the US, also will offer maintenance and operating information.
Users of the Lenovo Smart Clock can now talk to the device without saying, "Hey Google" with the new natural conversation function. The clock also works with Google Assistant-compatible cameras and can display Google Photos.
Amazon's Echo Auto and its deals with BMW and Audi to incorporate Alexa software in certain models reflect the company's ambitions to "get into the car in a big way," industry analyst Mike Ramsey says. With Google and Apple already vying for control of the dashboard, Amazon's biggest challenge may be its lack of a position in the smartphone space, says John Foster of Aiqudo.
A comprehensive report from ADT in partnership with several technology publications reveals that the worldwide smart home industry is predicted to be worth more than $150 billion by 2023 and the US is the biggest adopter of smart home gadgets. The study reports that 90% of smart home hub owners are satisfied with their devices and that Amazon Alexa is by far the most popular hub, used by 71% of owners, followed by Google Assistant at 21.4%.
Gourmet grocers like Dean & DeLuca and Balducci's have closed underperforming stores as specialty goods become more mainstream and online grocery shopping takes off, Krishna Thakker writes. Attracting customers with terms like locally made instead of gourmet, curating unique offerings and focusing on prepared foods can help stores stand out and stay competitive, according to industry professionals.
Giant Food Stores has introduced apps for its Giant and Martin's pharmacies. Users can request refills, view their prescription history, access a comprehensive health library and transfer prescriptions.
Re:store in San Francisco is the latest brick-and-mortar space to offer direct-to-consumer brands a place to connect with consumers in person. CEO Selene Cruz originally created the concept in her apartment to display her Archer Brighton handbag line, and she aims to stand out from the growing field by working with brands to create carefully curated collections.
The Body Shop's Carrot Wash, Carrot Cream and Banana Body Butter are made with less-than-perfect carrots and bananas that couldn't be sold in the grocery produce section. The products are also made with sustainably sourced aloe vera and community trade shea butter from Ghana.