Milestone Beverages has debuted Atilius, a new lineup of Chianti wines being sold in key Asian markets. The lineup consists of a Chianti DOCG "Nobilis," a Chianti Reserva DOCG "Prestigo," a Chianti IGT chardonnay and a prosecco superiore and is geared toward the younger middle class in urban areas.
Walmart plans to open a smaller, high-tech version of Sam's Club as a test store in a 32,000-square-foot location in the Dallas area that formerly held a Neighborhood Market. The store will be convenience-focused and offer Scan and Go technology.
Numerous executives from Amazon have been given key roles in the Whole Foods Market operation, according to the company's organizational chart. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey reports to Amazon executive Steve Kessel, who oversees all of the online retailer's brick-and-mortar efforts, including Amazon Go.
The recent partnerships between retailers and meal-kit providers could be help both to thrive, said Howard Schneider, vice president of loyalty strategy at Kobie Marketing. "Offering meal kits in-store allows consumers to get the products they want when they want them and eliminates the hassle of dealing with the delivery process," he said.
Florida's orange harvest is down 34.7% from last season after groves suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irma, according to the Agriculture Department. The state's citrus industry also reported lower volumes of grapefruit and specialty fruits, such as tangerines and tangelos.
A DDI study finds leaders are more successful overcoming disruption when they accept that they have to constantly anticipate it, write Audrey Smith of DDI and Stephanie Neal of the Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research. They offer advice for developing a leadership mindset and organizational structure that are prepared to leverage disruption successfully.
Quality, convenience and care for customers can help grocers as they compete in an increasingly online world, according to Rachel Shemirani of Barons Market. Even in a digital age, it's still important for shoppers to have a pleasant shopping experience and physically see their own produce choices, she writes.
Fresh store perimeter categories are driving more than half of all sales growth, according to Nielsen's latest Total Consumer Report. Fresh food sales have been strong, though fresh to-go items have not kept pace overall with the increased interest in healthier snacks, according to the report.
Toronto is getting a grocery that will sell food that stores have decided to no longer stock for whatever price customers choose to pay. "The concept behind the store is showcasing how Canadians can utilize the food that's destined for landfills: perfectly edible food that shouldn't be thrown out and can be filling the empty bellies of our citizens," said owner Jagger Gordon.
Drink Chenin Day is today; it provides consumers with the perfect occasion to enjoy chenin blanc wines, writes Courtney Schiessl. The variety of the chenin blanc grape and the complexities of its wines are great reasons to try the wines, Schiessl writes.