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.
UK supermarket chain Tesco will sell egg-sized avocados from South Africa for the next few weeks, after ordering 10,000 boxes of the under-sized fruit. Wholesale avocado prices are on the rise as global demand grows amid a poor growing season in some countries, including South Africa and Peru.
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Food retailers are gearing up for FMI's third annual National Family Meals Month campaign in September, when industry members will encourage consumers to share more healthy meals with their family members. For example, Kroger will hold a multi-channel effort that involves its Little Clinic unit and includes blogs, newsletters and a booklet with nutrition resources; Ahold Delhaize banner Hannaford will promote Family Meals Month across channels, including social media, in-store signage and its fresh magazine; and Price Chopper will follow up last year's program that involved dietitians, tasting events and recipes.
Walmart is using expanded back-to-school merchandising for its online grocery and pickup programs to boost sales of Sun-Maid Raisins and other produce-focused snacks, while Wonderful Pistachios is getting ready to launch a sporty campaign that will include TV ads during NFL games. Other fall produce promotions include the New York Apple Association's push to encourage shoppers to buy local products, and Mann's new Organic Green Beans, Organic Cauliflower Florets and Organic Super Blend product launches.
Researchers studying the genes of 117 apple varieties have traced the origins of the fruit to the Silk Road, ancient trade routes that connected Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Modern apples evolved from fruit that originated in Kazakhstan, according to a report published in the journal Nature Communications.
A salmonella outbreak linked to papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico has spread to 173 people in 21 states, including one person who died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fruit from the farm has been held at the US border since an Aug. 8 Import Alert from the FDA, but some may still be consumers' homes.
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