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Whole Foods, Instacart Ink Multi-Year Delivery and Investment Agreement

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According to tech news site Re/code, Whole Foods and Instacart have signed a new partnership agreement that solidifies the courier service as the exclusive delivery affiliate for Whole Foods’ perishable business. The terms of the deal, a five-year agreement, have not been made public, but Instacart’s commercial arrangements generally include a provision for revenue sharing….

Organic is Here to Stay

83% of families purchase organic products, says a new study from the Organic Trade Association (OTA).  In the sixth year of the study, this number has climbed 10 percentage points, aligning with the overall increase in consumers’ awareness and trust in the organic seal.  The majority of American households have purchased organic at least once;…

Specialty Food Start-ups Attract Venture Capital

Specialty food is trending up. Consumers everywhere are looking for unique food products, often international and often natural, organic, and locally sourced. According to the Wall Street Journal article below, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade estimated that sales reached a new record high of $88.3 billion in 2013. Venture capitalists have invested…

USPS Will Expand Grocery Delivery Pilot

The USPS announced plans to expand its early-morning package delivery service pilot for 2 years in San Francisco.  Currently, the USPS delivers Amazon Fresh totes to consumers’ homes during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window.  The approved pilot would allow these operations to continue, and open up the pilot to additional retailers and…

4. Little Big Store: Finite Shelves, Infinite Aisles

The CPG industry went through a period where stores built supercenters large enough to require GPS systems in order to navigate.  Those days are over.  Today, most retailers are developing smaller formats for neighborhoods or urban environments. The recession enticed many non-grocery channels to expand their grocery offerings.  Mass merchandisers, like Walmart and Target, have…