Publix Super Markets Inc. is adding a fourth location for its relaunched GreenWise Market specialty, natural and organic food format. The Southeastern supermarket chain said it plans to open a GreenWise store in Boca Raton, Florida. No opening date has been set thus far, but the GreenWiseMarket.com website shows the Boca Raton location due to open next year. Three of the stores will be in Florida. The first GreenWise store is slated for an October opening in Tallahassee, while locations in Lakeland, Florida and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina are expected to open sometime in 2019.
Greatland Grocery & Supply offers a service that paves the way for last-mile delivery of online orders where there are no roads. The Anchorage, Alaska-based online grocery retailer, which officially launched in July after a pilot in February, serves rural Alaska, an area with approximately 350,000 people spread across 250 communities. The problem is that stores selling groceries are scarce and small, and these villages lack roads providing easy access to retailers and for making deliveries, said President and Founder Clinton White.
CAN: Costco Wholesale starts grocery delivery from Scarborough location
Costco Wholesale has launched Costco Grocery, an online service that allows members to get groceries delivered. This is the company’s first online grocery site. Available at Costco.ca, the service is available to residents and businesses in southern Ontario. All online orders for the new Costco Grocery site will be processed through the recently opened Costco Business Centre at 50 Thermos Rd. The service features hundreds of grocery items, plus health and beauty aid products, and vitamins and supplements. All orders come with a two-day delivery guarantee with no delivery surcharge for orders over $75, the company said.
US: Walmart to sell Gobble meal kits online
A new partnership between Walmart and Gobble is countering that strategy with a deal that will sell Gobble meal kits through Walmart’s e-commerce site - and not in the retail giant’s stores. Gobble founder Ooshma Garg announced the deal in an interview with Fortune, which Walmart confirmed in an email statement, which read in part, “With more than 75mln items on Walmart.com, we continue to look for new options to offer customers. This includes specialty food items like the meal delivery kits by Gobble, farm fresh crates and snack boxes that give customers convenient options to plan and prepare meals.”
Spanish retail group Mercadona has extended the rollout of sustainable shopping bags - produced from either paper or recycled plastic - to a further 66 stores, following a successful trial. The bags were initially tested in 11 stores belonging to the group, and will now be rolled out to stores in Valencia, Barcelona, Biscay, the Balearic Islands and Cantabria. The group plans to have rolled out the bags to its entire store network by the end of 2019.
France: Casino hits 22-year low as analyst's note rekindles debt fears
Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA’s recovery from a July low is proving short-lived after a review of the French retailer’s joint-venture transactions by Sanford C. Bernstein rekindled fears about its debt situation. The stock slid as much as 10% on Wednesday to levels not seen since 1996 after analyst Bruno Monteyne lowered his rating to underperform and slashed the price target to 26 euros from 35 euros, the lowest among brokerages tracked by Bloomberg.
Major UK grocery chain Iceland develops its own vegan food line
United Kingdom-based grocery chain Iceland soon will launch a proprietary line of vegan frozen foods, including a plant-based chorizo, that will be available next month. Iceland’s executive chef Neil Nugent created the plant-based line - which also includes sausages, chicken, ground beef, and burgers - after identifying a growing demand for plant-based foods in the UK.
Sweden: ICA stores - July sales figures
Sales in ICA stores increased by 4.6% in July 2018 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 4.1%. In July 2018, sales in ICA stores totalled SEK 10,495mln excluding VAT, which is an increase of 4.6% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January - July 2018 amounted to SEK 68,547mln, an increase of 3.9% compared with the previous year. ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for July to be -0.5%.
China: Hema supermarket customers can track farm-to-shelf journey for food
Seventeen Hema supermarkets in Shanghai recently launched a food-provenance feature that tells customers about an item’s farm-to-store journey. The information includes verifications such as photos of the distributor’s business licenses and food-safety certificates complete with an official government seal. To access the function, in-store customers use the Hema mobile app to scan a food’s QR code, which brings up the provenance details. Because the information lives on the product page of each item, consumers shopping from home via app have access to it as well.