The future of food retail?

Social shopping is coming to the food retail world thanks to a new feature from Delivery.com.

The online marketplace that allows millions of shoppers to order from more than 12,000 merchants, including restaurants, liquor stores, grocers, and laundry service providers, has added a cutting-edge functionality to appeal to social groups online.

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Walmart closes deal for Flipkart

Walmart has finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in India e-commerce leader Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Flipkart’s board has approved an approximately $15 billion agreement to sell a 75% interest in the company to a Walmart-led group expected to include Google parent Alphabet Inc.

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Dog Food

With the launch last week of Wag, its private label dry dog food, Amazon is living up to its promise to grow its pet business overall — and is posing a greater threat to pet market players both online and in-store.

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Cold Coffee

Cold brew coffee may have up to twice the caffeine as conventional hot brewed coffee, but research done by Kerry found that the beverage’s flavor profile provides an even stronger draw for consumers to the category.

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Buns

Buns have long been a vessel for many popular foods. They are portable, accessible and easily paired with hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. But a sizable percentage of sales occurs on seasonal waves.

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Chef’d meal kits now in grocery stores nationwide

Meal kit company Chef’d has partnered with Smithfield Foods, Inc. to bring its meal kits to grocery stores nationwide. Chef’d meals — once available only online — are now available in 27 states at more than a dozen retailers, including Costco, Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter, Tops, Weis and Gelson’s Markets.

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Krause’s Market Wins Supervalu’s Beef Merchandising Contest

Krause’s Market in Garrison, N.D., has won Supervalu Inc.’s annual Beef Stampede merchandising contest, generating more than $16,000 during a beef bundle sale to showcase the protein as the primary pick for dinner.

The award marks Krause’s third honor in the past four years, surpassing nearly 400 participating retailers nationwide.

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