As ethnic baked foods and snacks become more ubiquitous in American culture, opportunities abound for bakers and snack makers.
The coffee market is beginning to imitate what has happened in craft beer, with local brands catching fire and growing into regional or national products thanks to a consumer demand for high-quality, artisanal products.
Eating- and living-well trends imply robust sales of kitchen tools, gadgets, serveware and more this year.
Canada’s largest grocer Loblaw announced the introduction of an innovative if slightly bizarre new President’s Choice product 100% Cricket Powder. Farmed at a cricket farm in Canada, this product answers the need for great tasting protein, produced in a more sustainable manner.
Village Super Market Inc., the Springfield, N.J.-based operator of 29 ShopRite stores, is moving ahead on the banner’s first store in New York’s Bronx borough.
Publix will open three additional stores under its GreenWise organic banner in Florida and South Carolina, including one near its Lakeland, Fla., headquarters. The smaller-format stores will be labeled GreenWise Market but have some Publix-branded items inside.
Midwest retailer Meijer is expanding its trial run of urban smaller-format stores, planning to open six by 2021. “It’s a proof of concept so we’ll get a few open and see how they do,” said Mike Kinstle, Meijer’s vice president of real estate, adding that the performance of those stores will help determine how aggressively the retailer rolls out additional stores in the future.
The new Minneapolis store will be attached to a large apartment development and readily accessible to commuters on the light rail.
Alina Morse, the 12-year-old founder of Zolli Candy, The After You Eat Treat, announced that she has expanded her 250k Smiles Program to 1 Million Smiles as her line expanded into 4,000 plus Walmart stores.
The new line is part of CEO Mindy Grossman’s efforts to position the company beyond its core focus of helping people shed pounds.