Kroger will expand its use of Nuro autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries to four ZIP codes in the Houston area, the grocer said. It has been using the vehicles to make thousands of deliveries in Scottsdale, Ariz., since last year.
Dollar General will add 975 locations and revamp 1,000 others among its current roster of 15,300 stores, the company said. It also will invest more in fresh food and grocery items, adding refrigerators and produce in hundreds of stores.
Southeastern Grocers banners are collecting for local charities through the Community Bag with a Giving Tag program. Each sale of a reusable shopping bag, which is made from recycled materials, will send a $1 donation to a nearby charity.
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Retail-ready packaging can reduce the amount of work necessary to restock shelves because the box can be opened along perforated seams to create its own branded display. "Retail-ready is growing, and it's expected to keep growing in the near future," says PMMI's Jorge Izquierdo.
New logos and other changes at Mars caught the attention of SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week, as did Target's plan for 30 more small-format stores. Philadelphia's move to ban cashless eateries and stores, and Chipotle Mexican Grill's loyalty program promotion also proved popular.
KIND Snacks has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration for stricter food labeling and nutrient content regulations. Companies can claim to be a "good source" of specific nutrients without an evaluation of overall ingredient quality, said KIND founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky.
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French grocer Carrefour operates three stores in Ivory Coast, Africa, and expects to open 10 more in West Africa in 2019. The company's modern supermarkets are starting to win over shoppers who still do most of their grocery shopping in traditional local markets.