Wegmans is preparing to open a two-level store in a Natick, Mass., mall on April 29. The store will include a cart conveyor system in its central atrium to help customers move between levels and a walkway connection to the adjacent parking garage.
Martha Clara Vineyards of Long Island, N.Y., and its surrounding acreage have been sold for $15 million to Mexican family-run wine company Rivero-Gonzalez. The property, previously owned by the Entenmann family, includes an event space, a tasting room and 113 acres of vines.
Even as more consumers embrace online grocery shopping, almost all customers surveyed by NPD said that they still make regular visits to grocery stores. The need to choose fresh foods themselves and the barrier of delivery fees are the main obstacles to online grocery shopping, according to those surveyed.
Walmart Labs aims to hire 150 employees in the Bay Area of California to work on new digital tools and help further integrate the retailer's digital and physical retail efforts. The retailer operates large research and development facilities in San Bruno and Sunnyvale, Calif.
British grocers have joined an agreement that is intended to drastically cut down on the use of single-use plastics such as bags by 2025. The effort will require that all single-use plastic items be either eliminated or redesigned to be recyclable.
Cooking shows, newspaper food-section stories and in-store sampling can boost demand for mangoes, pineapples and other tropical fruits, said retail consultant Jim Thornburg. Tropical fruit consumption in the US varies by region -- 28% of consumers in the West bought mangoes last year compared to 18% of Midwesterners, according to The Packer's Fresh Trends report.
Grape growers in Mexico set a new record last year with more than 21 million cartons, and producers expect a smaller but still-bountiful 2018 harvest. "I think we're going to have a normal crop of very good quality grapes," Jerry Havel of Arizona-based Fresh Farms said.
Canada's Greenbelt Greenhouse has issued a recall on certain packages of its branded microgreens on concerns about possible listeria contamination. The products, distributed in British Columbia and Alberta, had a variety of April and May expiration dates.
Kroger has opened the first new liquor store in Ohio in three years as a vendor for the state in Corryville. The store shows off a reconfigured interior for state stores that's designed to showcase regional items together.
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