Walmart will start testing a service that gives August smart home device users the option of having groceries and other deliveries left inside their homes. Deliv will handle delivery of the purchases, which includes putting cold food items in refrigerators and freezers, in the Silicon Valley test, and customers will be able to use their in-home devices to watch the delivery.
Roche Bros. will open its third small-format Brothers Marketplace store next spring, the retailer said. The move marks a significant investment in the 3-year-old Massachusetts-based banner, which focuses on everyday convenience and meal solutions.
Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.
German discount supermarket chain ALDI has grown from a single suburban store to a 10,000-plus location global giant with a simple less-is-more strategy. Plans to grow to 2,500 US locations put the retailer on track to become the country's third-largest grocer behind Walmart and Kroger.
US consumers are expected to spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, and 179 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. About 47% of respondents will shop at discount stores for Halloween goodies, 38% will hit specialty shops and 22% will shop online, the survey found.
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Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
Dairy-related news topped the list of most-clicked food and beverage stories this week, starting with a tale of ice cream brand Halo Top's lean business model. Also popular were news of fairlife's soaring sales for ultra-filtered milk and a story about the new snack bars that General Mills plans to launch for its Annie's brand.
General Mills will bring its original Trix recipe back to store shelves next month after some customers said they prefer it over the version that debuted last year, which swapped out artificial colors and flavors for natural ones. The "Classic Trix" will sit next to the newer recipe on store shelves to satisfy consumers, who "don't all want one thing," said spokesman Mike Siemienas.
McCormick & Co. has released a slate of seasoning and sauce innovations, including a range of Good Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mixes. "These new products offer many options to make a flavorful breakfast, dinner or snack in minutes," said McCormick's Jill Pratt.
Some retailers identify the current consumer demand for personalized service as a pressing challenge of the future that is being fueled by high tech access to reams of data. Others in the food industry see it as a nostalgic return to the sacred roots of customer service, a bit of a time-travel return to the days prior to mass marketing and playing to the middle, back when shoppers were individually recognized by the market staff as individuals with identified tastes and preferences. The truth, as it often does, lies somewhere in between those two notions. Read more.
Photo Friday: FMI pays tribute to the Partnership for Food Safety Education
Flashing back two decades, the Food Marketing Institute worked in tandem with industry partners, federal government agencies and the food science community to launch the Partnership for Food Safety Education. Last week, FMI joined the PFSE to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Check out photos from the event here.
Two-thirds of Britain's consumers shopped at either ALDI or Lidl during the past three months, and the two German discounters combined now generate £1 in every £8 of UK grocery spending, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The supermarkets are winning favor as inflation spurs British consumers to hunt for bargains.