An expanded produce section including more organic and pre-cut choices and bright signage are among the features of a store redesign that Winn-Dixie is rolling out across Florida. The recently revamped location in Orlando also includes a chicken wing bar in the deli area and a section for dollar items.
Lucky's Market has signed four more leases in Florida as the natural grocer continues its push into the state, with each new location set to open within 18 to 24 months. Lucky's already had announced at least a dozen planned locations in major Florida markets such as Orlando and Fort Myers.
Unilever is using the lessons learned from its Dollar Shave Club unit to sell more of its premium products straight to the public, bypassing traditional retail outlets. "[W]ith our prestige businesses, we see more opportunities to go direct to consumers," said CEO Paul Polman.
FTD CEO John Walden is stepping down as the floral and gift delivery service embarks on a restructuring effort to cut costs and explore alternatives that could include a sale, the company said. Executive Scott Levin has been named interim president and CEO of the company, which faces growing competition from startups that boast lower prices.
The closure of Chef'd highlights how grocers might be best-suited to offer meal kits rather than through subscription services, said David Bishop of retail consultancy Brick Meets Click. It's easier for grocers to market and distribute such kits than another company that must build infrastructure and name recognition, Bishop said.
Spanish soccer star Andres Iniesta's move to Japanese club Vissel Kobe has led to an increase in Japanese sales for Bodega Iniesta wine. Last year, Bodega Iniesta produced 1.2 million bottles of wine, a 500% increase from 2010.
The "indulgence gap" is likely to affect wine sales as Baby Boomers hit retirement age and many millennials begin their careers, causing spending habits to change, per Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division. To prepare for changes in the market, he suggests that growers sell to wine producers with good brand strength and growing sales, as well as rising star brands "trying to engage and differentiate themselves in the market."
Wine Australia has suspended Dalefold Wine's export license after the company sold a Penfolds look-alike wine in China. Wine Australia said Dalefold had "engaged in activity that aims to leverage from the reputation of another wine brand in China through causing consumer confusion."
Idaho's Potandon teamed up last year with Oregon's Baker & Murakami to automate the onion-packing process in a new facility. The new system handles grading and precision weighing to ensure top-quality onions, said Baker & Murakami executive Cameron Skeen.
Temperatures topping 115 degrees earlier this month took a toll on avocado crops in parts of California, growers said. The heat scorched fruit, which could lead to shortages and higher prices next month, and it also damaged trees in some areas, which could mean lower volumes next year.
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