Discount grocer Lidl still has plans to build several stores in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, even if other projects are on hold, according to local government officials. Three planned projects are continuing while two others seem to be on pause as the company reevaluates its growth plans, the officials said.
Kroger will launch online sales in China via a storefront on Alibaba Group's Tmall Global marketplace, the company said. The site, set to launch today, will begin with private-label products, including Kroger's organic Simple Truth brand, and dietary supplements.
An app called Pinto will allow shoppers to scan the back of a grocery product and then produce a nutrition label based on the consumer's specific dietary needs. Issues that the app can highlight for consumers include food allergens, dietary goals and other concerns such as added sugars.
The transforming grocery landscape, led by unprecedented advancements in technology, has left food retailers of all shapes and sizes addressing new challenges. Earlier this year, FMI identified five emerging issues that have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in the next three to five years. One of the issues identified is how artificial intelligence and technology will alter the food industry and the role of humans throughout its processes. Top-of-mind for attendees at the Energy and Store Development (E&SD) Conference will be how technology, operations, design trends and store formats are evolving to better serve the demands of consumers’ modern lifestyles. Read more.
Barb Renner, vice chairman and US consumer products leader at Deloitte, chats with Rick Stein about what’s going on in the perimeter of the supermarket. They delve into how it all starts with the consumer, traditional drivers and evolving drivers in health and wellness. As Rick and Barb prepare for the new FreshForward event, they discuss pressing topics including global food production, food waste, being connected and blurring the lines of foodservice with convenience. Listen to Dig Deeper: Evolving Consumer, Global Food Production, Blurring Lines of Foodservice & Food Waste.
Together, meal kits and multicookers could provide food retailers with their next great sales growth. While meal kit online sales continue to grow, some e-commerce providers have begun to struggle a bit and it's becoming clear that the traditional brick-and-mortar store may be one of the best places for consumers to purchase them. Simultaneously, the world is quickly falling in love with multicookers. Read more.
Healthy Dining CEO Anita Jones-Mueller offers an overview of the recent UK Calorie Reduction Summit, which focused on the challenge of fighting obesity by promoting healthy eating. Jones-Mueller shared the saga of the more than eight years it took to get US menu labeling rules up and running and how the US and the UK can increase consumer adoption of healthy eating.
Shipt is expanding its same-day delivery to select markets in several Midwestern states including Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri this month. The delivery service will work with Target and Hy-Vee in most of the cities involved.
Impulse purchases at retail continue to be a strength of brick-and-mortar stores that isn't mirrored with online purchases, according to a report from the Global Market Development Center. Books, grilling and trial and travel items are the top three impulse buy categories and also are consistent sources of sales growth.
Nestle is rolling out its Lean Cuisine Origins line, featuring a range of meatless dishes such as Butternut Squash Lasagna and Coconut Chickpea Curry. Kellogg is also adding to its frozen food offerings with the launch of Eggo Double Chocalatey Thick & Fluffy waffles.
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