Gelson's is reopening three remodeled stores in the Southern California market this month, two of which boast smaller footprints. "We want Gelson's to be a unique place where people can try exciting food concepts, have a drink in a social setting, and feel like a new culinary discovery is just around every corner," said Gelson's President and CEO Rob McDougall.
A new analysis produced by FAIRR predicts that the alternative protein market will grow 8% a year over the next two years. With nearly one-third of millennials eating meat alternatives daily, and half of those shoppers enjoying plant-based proteins for multiple meals during a week, the group expects a $5.2 billion market to bloom by 2020.
Tops Friendly Market and Winn-Dixie parent Bi-Lo are both preparing for possible bankruptcy filings in the coming weeks, sources said. Both chains are carrying heavy debt loads and facing growing competition.
There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"
Initial work by Walmart has intrigued the grocery industry in regard to the possibilities of blockchain technology for tighter control of inventory. Food shipments would get a unique ID that is constantly updated, connecting the products all the way back to their place of origin.
"Wine Calling," a documentary film about the new generation of growers changing the wine industry, has received deals to be distributed in multiple countries around the world. The documentary follows growers making natural wine in the south of France.
CompassPoint Imports is a new wine and spirits importer launched by two veterans of the industry, Gary Clayton and Tom Tesauro. Clayton worked with producers such as Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau, Banfi Vintners and Pasternak Wine Imports, while Tesauro comes from a retail background, with his most recent stint lasting seven years at Mass.-based retail chain Yankee Spirits.
The wine culture in Charleston, S.C., has begun to catch up to its highly esteemed restaurant scene, Lettie Teague writes. Retail wine shops have sprung up to offer better options than the local grocery, with staff members that are eager to walk customers through less familiar choices, she writes.
New Zealand sauvignon blanc is thought of by some in the wine industry as predictable, but smaller producers such as Te Whare Ra and Clos Henri are offering innovations that are creating a new heyday for the variety, writes Christina Pickard. The smaller vineyards are focusing on terroir to offer a nuanced complexity and fresh textures, she writes.
State senators in New Hampshire have backed away from a proposal to block out-of-state retailers from shipping wine to customers in the state. The state's Liquor Commission had backed the plan, saying it would protect N.H. retailers and the state's tax collection, while the National Association of Wine Retailers strongly opposed it.
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