Family Dollar will phase in several new private brands that will be more relevant to the retailer's shopper base and focus on offering a similar quality to national brands at a value, said Bob Sasser, CEO of Family Dollar parent Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will also remodel 250 stores this year to expand food, beverage, snack, cooler and freezer space, speed up checkout and make endcaps more productive.
Amazon's two Seattle AmazonFresh Pickup spots are now open to Amazon Prime members. The stores, which previously were only available to Amazon employees, let online grocery shoppers set a time to pick up their purchases via curbside delivery.
Whole Foods Market will open its first standalone restaurant next to one of its stores in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood next month. The fast-casual eatery, dubbed The Roast, will offer Brazilian-style grilled meats and feature seasonal menus and digital kiosks for ordering.
Inserra Supermarkets-owned ShopRite has added local produce offerings at its 22 New York and New Jersey stores. The move is part of the retailer's commitment to offering fresh foods, as well as its strategy to reduce its impact on the environment.
New products and innovations from major food producers including Mondelez, Wrigley, Skinnygirl and Hershey represented the most-read food and beverage stories this week. Also in the top 10: Campbell Soup's $10 million investment in meal kit startup Chef'd and Cargill's protein business reorganization.
Beyond Burgers in Safeway's meat case (Beyond Meat)
Beyond Meat will see its plant-based Beyond Burgers in meat cases at 280 Safeway locations across California, Nevada and Hawaii. The pea protein-based burgers are said to match the flavor and sizzle of traditional beef-based burgers and have proven sales at Whole Foods Markets, said CEO Ethan Brown.
Congressional Republicans and the president have identified tax reform as one of their top priorities and are beginning to firm up plans for how to proceed. While discussions have been buzzing in Washington, D.C., questions remain as to whether lawmakers and the White House can agree on who will control the process or what a reformed tax code should look like. Read more.
Making the connection with storytelling
In any organization, the power of storytelling transcends not only audiences but departments. It's an effective communication tool that connects individuals to one another through the opportunity to frame relatable experiences. Read more.
Chinese food-delivery startup Ele.me aims to raise at least $1 billion in a funding round to be led by Alibaba and its financial-services arm, sources say. Alibaba and rival Tencent view investments in on-demand services as a strategy for driving business to their online payments services.