About two-thirds of American shoppers don't have a dinner plan at 4 p.m., and that's an opportunity grocers can tap into, according to the latest installment of FMI's "The Power of Foodservice" report. Shoppers want both grab-and-go and made-to-order options and are thinking about healthy choices as they plan, the report reveals.
Trade groups including FMI and the National Grocers Association are calling on Congress to pass legislation intended to promote skill development and safety training for truck drivers. The legislation is aimed at reversing a looming shortfall in the number of truckers to move goods.
Master sommelier Dustin Wilson has ventured from restaurants such as Eleven Madison Park into retail as co-founder of Verve Wine. Verve is focused on highlighting small, family-owned suppliers, especially organic and sustainable winemakers.
Amazon's Prime Now two-hour delivery service now features beer and wine in several Texas cities, including the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio areas. Delivery times for the service will adhere to the hours set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for brick-and-mortar sales.
The family that owns the Kendall-Jackson wine empire is asking for community input on what to do with a golf course site it owns in Sonoma County, Calif. It is listening to local residents as it considers redevelopment plans, including adding homes amid the region's housing shortage due to the wildfires in October.
Buzz Pop Cocktails has debuted a line of sorbet push pops that are infused with rum, tequila, vodka or whiskey. The treats, which are available in eight flavors, each have an ABV of 15% and retail for $99 for an 8-pack.
Barefoot Wine will offer personalized rainbow labels in celebration of Pride Month. The labels can be personalized online for free, with a limit of two labels per day, and Barefoot Wine will donate $1 to Outfest for each label ordered.
Dole Food Co. has named Michael H. Solomon president of Dole Fresh Vegetables. Solomon's resume includes stints as president of POM Wonderful and CEO of Ready Pac Foods.
Cotton Candy grapes from Arizona-based Divine Flavor are available now at stores including Costco, Publix, Kroger and Safeway. Two growers mean two seasons for the limited-time candy-flavored fruit; grapes from California-based Grapery are due to hit the market around Aug. 10.