Report: Shoppers Drug Mart to test fresh produce sales
TORONTO, Ontario — Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart, which was acquired earlier this year by grocer Loblaw Cos., is looking to test the sale of fresh produce beginning in September, according to a Toronto Star report.
The Canadian pharmacy retailer has been expanding since 2003 the amount and variety of food it sells and, since 2008, has been adding more convenience foods, the article stated. However, the pilot, which officially kicks off Sept. 20 in six Toronto stores, will no doubt help it better compete with such rivals as Walmart and Target.
Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart announced about a year ago the definitive agreement under which Loblaw would acquire Shoppers Drug Mart for C$12.4 billion in cash and stock. The deal closed in March.
Cascade Ice introduces new bottle design
SEATTLE — Unique Beverage Co., a player in the sparkling water category, has announced that its Cascade Ice flavors of lemonade, coconut, black raspberry, orange mango and pink grapefruit will be available in six packs and single 7-oz. bottles beginning in September.
"While our current 17.2-oz. bottles have been very popular, we specifically designed our new 7-oz. bottle to be the exact height of an average soda can. In addition to major grocery and convenience accounts, this will allow for opportunities to place our product in vending machines and in airline beverage carts. Our innovative, single-serving bottle also provides additional access for us in schools, where portion control and zero-calorie alternatives are more welcome than sugary drinks,” said Mike Broadwell, president and CEO of Unique Beverage Co.
Cascade Ice currently has 21 flavors, including the three newest flavors — Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple — in addition to a line of six USDA-certified Organic essence flavors.