Kroger is testing a meal kit station that lets customers choose among several options and assemble their own meals, which is an expansion of a program the grocer introduced in its seafood section earlier this year. Customers select portions of such foods as chicken, sausage gumbo and macaroni and cheese, and buy them at $7.99 per pound.
The fall and holiday seasons are times when stores should engage with their customers and provide them with inspirations that they can take home, Mike Eardley writes. Eye-catching displays that feature the flavors of the season help make a store an engaging destination for shoppers, he notes.
Perfectionist leaders create a culture in which no one measures up and mistakes are committed by only other people, writes Dan Rockwell. There is a difference between having high standards and expecting perfection, he argues, that can be seen when celebrating progress, rather than lamenting what wasn't achieved.
Empire Co., the parent of Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys, will acquire 26-store farm-to-table grocer Farm Boy, in a deal valued at $618 million. Empire will focus on expanding the Ottawa-based chain by opening new stores and converting some Sobeys locations to the new banner.
Albertsons has opened a store designed to create personal experiences for customers in its hometown of Boise, Idaho. The company put a premium on finding experienced staff members who could provide personal touches, which includes free concierge services that can help customers with event planning.
Lidl says it will eliminate black plastic packaging from its UK stores' produce departments by the end of September. The packaging isn't recyclable in Britain, and the discount supermarket plans to drop it from other departments, including meat and poultry, next year.
Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh Produce will team with Arizona's Rene Produce to ensure a year-round supply of organic, specialty and roma tomatoes from Mexico. The fruit will be sold in North America under the Del Monte label.
Growers of shelled almonds and sweet cherries can apply for federal tariff relief funding, the Agriculture Department said Monday. They can get paid for half their total production, up to $125,000 per person or legal entity.
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