Food makers are focusing more on plant-based options that mimic meat products, as more consumers adopt vegetarian and flexitarian eating styles. Beyond Meat's Beyond Burger is now stocked in the meat case at chains including Albertsons and Kroger, and it's on the menu at restaurants including BurgerFi and Epic Burger.
Walmart expanded a grocery delivery test with Uber to Dallas and two Florida cities Monday, after launching the pilot in Phoenix in 2016. With more than 53 e-commerce-ready stores, the Dallas-Fort Worth market is the retailer's biggest for online grocery sales.
Target has completed a $10 million makeover of its downtown Minneapolis store, and the new look reflects the retailer's focus on the shopping experience in the digital age. Specialty lighting replaces fluorescent bulbs, beacons let shoppers open in-app maps to navigate the store, and the grocery department sports a new upgraded design.
Walmart is grabbing an increasing share of the grocery market in the US through efforts including expanding its organic produce selection in stores and online, testing grocery delivery to face competition from Amazon and discounters ALDI and Lidl, developing cantaloupes that stay sweet all year and tomatoes that are more flavorful, and scoring exclusive product deals for snacks like Oreo O's cereal and Jelly Donut Oreos.
A growing number of consumers in Toledo, Ohio, are heading online to grocery shop through third-party services such as Instacart, Shipt and AmazonFresh, as well as retailer-run e-commerce programs like Kroger's click-and-collect offering. The trend reflects what is happening nationwide as online food, beverage and alcohol spending gets set to grow from $20 billion this year to $66 billion in 2022, according to data from the Commerce Department and Kantar Retail.
Burger King has put Cheesy Tots back on the menu for a limited time and it's also making the popular cheese-stuffed potatoes available during breakfast. Demand drove the decision to bring back the item, which was discontinued last November.
Longtime Hormel veteran Lisa Selk will take the CEO role at the company's CytoSport division. "Lisa has successfully led innovation and brand growth and is passionate about delivering exceptional products to the marketplace," said Hormel's Don Kremin about Selk, who joined Hormel in 1998.
The number of meals served to students in Maine during the summer has more than doubled in the past decade, data show. Erin Callaway, director of Piscataquis County Healthy Food for All, however, says students in rural areas continue to have barriers to summer meals, including transportation.
B&G Foods will acquire the SnackWell's cookie brand and the Back to Nature granola line in a $162.5 million deal. B&G Foods is expecting to develop a stronger presence with natural foods grocers after the deal closes, said CEO Bob Cantwell.
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company has seen revenues grow to some $50 million since founder Marygrace Sexton made her first juice sale in 1990. The company still uses its original packaging from the early days, which makes the juices stand out on shelves for their uniqueness, Sexton said.
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