Wegmans Food Markets will enter the Washington, D.C., market when the retailer opens its first store there as part of a mixed-use development that will include retail, arts, residential and other space. The store and the development are expected to open in 2021.
Sprouts Farmers Markets has been selling non-perishable private label items for about four years, and while 60% of the retailer's purchases are perishables, non-perishable private labels have grown to become a significant part of Sprouts' business, CEO Amin Maredia said. Private labels are expected to bring in $500 million in revenue this year, and about half of all shopping baskets contain at least one private label product.
Rouses Supermarkets has successfully pushed its summer produce through promotions and creative displays at its more than 40 stores. For example, the retailer has held display contests for produce managers and enlists cross-promotional strategies to encourage produce impulse buys.
Instagram is giving brands triple the amount of engagement of Facebook, and celebrities are getting 3.6 times more engagement, per SocialBakers. The research analyzed hundreds of millions of posts to both platforms.
Online shopping may be a growing force in food retail, but consumers still want a human touch to their grocery shopping experience, according to report from Daymon's Interactions division. About 84% of shoppers want technology to be incorporated into their retail experiences, and 62% like to receive a human greeting when they get to the grocery store, the report found.
The broad and varied Paso Robles region of California is producing very good wine in a variety of styles, Dave Eckert writes. Eberle Winery's cabernet sauvignon is a bold effort for true wine lovers, while Tablas Creek offers great wines in a variety of styles, he writes.
Total Wine & More has been shifting the legal landscape for alcohol sales in states across the country, challenging regulations from Massachusetts to Minnesota. The company pursues these issues because it wants to do what's best for the consumer, Total Wine spokesman Ed Cooper said.
The Texas winemaking community is split over a bill in the Legislature that would require wine labeled as from the state to contain 100% Texas-grown grapes. Supporters say it would make products more authentic, while critics say Texas could struggle to support that standard in years when the weather is poor.
A Canadian couple who operate a winery were detained in China on an alleged customs violation, with the government charging that they had underreported the value of Canadian wine they were bringing into China. John Chang and his wife, Allison Lu, have been charged with smuggling with a May 26 trial date looming.
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