Whole Foods Market ranked first on a list of grocers for the sustainability of its seafood offerings in a list released by environmental group Greenpeace. A notable change was the downgrading of Trader Joe's, which the group said was less transparent about the sources of some of its fish.
Customers expect sushi from a grocery store counter to be as high-quality and fancy in presentation as that from a restaurant, according to Josh Onishi, CEO and president of supplier Peace Dining Corp. "Creating theater -- food preparation in front of customers -- is a consistent trend driving traffic within grocerants," Onishi said.
Kroger is launching a home grocery delivery test via self-guided vehicles at a Scottsdale, Ariz., Fry's location. The pilot test will use autonomous Toyota Prius cars, which will initially have a human inside to monitor performance, for same-day and next-day delivery.
German grocer ALDI will offer two Advent kits in the US this holiday season that have been a hit in Europe: one featuring wine and one with mini cheeses. The wine calendar features 24 mini bottles for $69.99 while the cheese calendar will sell for $12.99.
Whatever values people bring to their dinner table, a family meal together is considered beneficial by almost all Americans, writes Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI. Grocers can call attention to ways to help busy families fulfill this aspiration during September's National Family Meals Month, she writes.
Shinsegae-owned supermarket operator E-Mart Everyday will open an automated store in Seoul that will let customers skip the checkout and pay via the SSG Pay mobile app. The store will also include self-checkout options for shoppers who don't use the app and traditional cashiers to check identification on tobacco and alcohol purchases.
The wine grape harvest in Northern California has begun, with vintners expressing optimism that smoke from wildfires won't lead to tainted flavors. Crop size is expected to be normal for chardonnay and slightly larger than normal for pinot noir.
Jackson Family Wines has been named one of the best places to work in California's North Bay in a survey from North Bay Business Journal. The Journal used employee ratings to choose 97 local companies for its Best Places to Work awards.
US canned wine sales have increased by 43% year-over-year, while boxed wine sales are up 7%, per BW 166 LLC, a beverage alcohol market research firm. Popular canned wine companies include Tinto Amorio, whose product will soon be sold at more than 300 Albertsons-affiliated locations.
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