Drawing tens of thousands of industry professionals, the Winter Fancy Food Show features the latest specialty food and beverage innovation from more than 1,400 exhibiting companies.
The greater Boston area will soon see self-driving vehicles bringing groceries to ecommerce shoppers’ doorsteps, with Stop & Shop planning to launch the service in the spring.
Same-store sales for the retailer grew 1.9% for the quarter ended Dec. 1 while its e-commerce business grew 73%.
Kroger Co.’s digital sales were a $5 billion business in 2018 and the grocer predicts that number could nearly double in 2019. CEO Rodney McMullen believes Kroger will be “one of the players” dominating the grocery business 10 years from now, reported Business Insider.
Topco Associates has revealed two new executive appointments: David Negron as VP, meat, seafood, deli and bakery; and Clint Johnson as VP, center store operations.
Specialty Food Association sees cassava, cannabis on the rise in food and beverage innovation. Other emerging trends include fermented functional beverages and creative twists on ice cream.
Pork shoppers tend to spend more money at the supermarket than beef or chicken shoppers, and make more frequent grocery shopping trips, according to the “Dinner at Home in America” report from the National Pork Board. The report analyzes how shoppers make their decisions on when to buy meats, including what occasions they shop for and how that influences their decisions.
Walgreens Boots Alliance is experimenting with digital technology in cooler doors to offer shoppers personalized ads. The technology uses cameras and digital screens to deliver advertising based on shopper characteristics including gender and estimated age.
South Korean-based CJ CheilJedang will acquire an 80% stake of Schwan’s Co. and certain subsidiaries in the retail, grocery and foodservice markets. Schwan’s will retain a 20% stake in those businesses along with full ownership of Schwan Home Service, its home delivery business. Schwan’s will be operated as a subsidiary of CJ Foods America Corp., operations will continue to be headquartered at the Minnesota-based corporate offices and current senior management will remain in place.
Elev8 is working to bottle its brand of iced tea infused with CBD, and also makes CBD Iced Coffee. YP distributes natural brands including Mondelez-owned Tate’s Bake Shop.