Micro-grocery startup Farmstead is rolling out a program that lets home shoppers and vendors make donations to local anti-hunger efforts. Buy One Give One provides fruits and vegetables to schools and after-school programs in the San Francisco Bay area, with other local charities invited to apply for donations.
Canadian grocer Sobeys has reached a deal with Britain's Ocado to use its technology to boost the store's online shopping capabilities. As part of the deal, Ocado will help Sobeys develop a customer fulfillment center in the Toronto area and build out a better website and mobile service.
Amazon is opening its first Amazon Go store, in downtown Seattle, to the public today. Customers avoid a checkout line by using an app to enter, shop and pay at the 1,800-square-foot store, which sells typical convenience store fare and high-end fresh foods.
American Airlines will offer free beer and wine on its new shuttle service between New York and Chicago, the airline announced. The shuttle flights will run hourly on weekdays starting April 4.
Consumers awaiting 2017 vintages of rose wines should revisit the excellent offerings from 2016, many of which make for enjoyable winter sips. Top rose wines to enjoy in the winter include Benton-Lane, Franz Keller and Domaine Vico, according to the staff at Wine Enthusiast.
Cutting-edge technology strategies in the food and beverage space were on display at the National Retail Federation's Big Show last week, including Treasury Wine Estates' digital sales program. Stonewall Kitchen's use of artificial intelligence to boost sales and Total Wine & More's use of in-store video and digital signage were also featured.
A slim majority, 51% of all surveyed customers, said they had consumed meat or poultry that day, with another 41% saying they had consumed it in the past two or three days, according to data from Datassential. Chicken was the most popular protein with beef right behind it in the results.
Supermarket chains such as Trader Joe's, Costco and ALDI are helping to build the momentum for private label wine, according to the Private Label Manufacturers Association. National chains that have invested in private label wine have helped to make the supermarket a place where more than $10 billion in wine is sold, said PLMA President Brian Sharoff.
Oregon is developing a sparkling wine niche that will rival its strong reputation for pinot noir, Joseph V. Micallef writes. Winemakers such as Argyle Winery and Soter Vineyards have helped the state become the fourth-largest US producer of bubbly, he writes.
Several liquor store owners in Minnesota say they have received little benefit from the change in laws that allowed them to open on Sundays because of the added costs. "We generate hardly any new sales," said Dan Condon, owner of United Liquors in Bloomington.
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