The Kroger Co. has named the country’s next two customer fulfillment centers in its partnership with U.K. online grocer Ocado. Central Florida and the Mid-Atlantic will host the new facilities, automated warehouses with digital robotics capabilities – aka “sheds.”
Piggly Wiggly Alabama has seen higher revenues and store counts over the past year thanks to operators purchasing Southeastern Grocers stores and tackling new projects that have led to organic growth, says David Bullard, president and CEO. The company also specializes in individualized marketing programs for each store and recently adopted a new retail management pricing system.
Walmart’s e-commerce sales increased 21% in its fourth quarter, continuing to benefit from the expansion of grocery pickup and delivery. The chain’s U.S. same-store sales increased 6.8% in the quarter, while Sam’s Club’s same-store sales grew 3.3%. In fiscal 2019, U.S. same-store sales increased 3.6%, while e-commerce sales jumped 40%.
Royal Cup Coffee & Tea will consolidate several existing brands to four new core brand identities, including Prideland, Royal Cup Signature, ROAR and H.C. Valentine. Additionally, the company streamlined its internal processes and operations. Royal Cup will introduce the new brands throughout the U.S. and Caribbean over the next several months.
Tyson Foods plans to create “protein alternatives” including a vegan protein in 2019, according to the company’s CEO. The firm reported a decline in sales in its latest quarter as it contends with falling meat prices.
Younger shoppers are more likely than baby boomers to buy organic items, citing health concerns as the top reason, according to a survey by organic produce company Earthbound Farm. Overall, 40% of shoppers surveyed said they expected to increase the amount of organics they buy this year.
Packaged Facts has listed four disruptive food trends for 2019: Local foods, entrepreneurial brands making waves in the marketplace, restaurant-quality food at home and gut health at breakfast. “There’s no question that the demand for local now outweighs the demand for organic,” says Abby Prior of BrightFarms.
More than 300 stores have integrated the Shopper Engagement Platform offered by Associated Wholesale Grocers, giving a boost to in-store loyalty programs. Retailers using the platform can offer points and gas credits to consumers and can operate with or without loyalty cards.
If you’re lactose intolerant, counting calories, or trying to fill your kitchen with gluten-free foods, you’ll soon be able to use your smartphone to scan a grocery store shelf and pinpoint items that specifically meet your dietary needs.
Church Brothers Farms acquired a commodity vegetable business from Growers Express along with a licensing agreement for the Green Giant brand. Growers Express will retain the value-added segment of its business, which includes items such as Cauliflower Crumbles, Vegetable Noodles and Green Giant Fresh Vegetable Bowls, and will continue to focus on the retail market.