Save Mart, Lucky Say, ‘I Do’ to Return of Lucrative Wedding Biz

A "bridal wave" of pent-up demand for pandemic-postponed nuptials is coming, creating an opportunity for grocers in floral, catering, adult beverages and more.


Albertsons’ Altar Ego: Expands Own Brands With New Online Wedding Floral Program

With a wedding season that is expected to be unlike any other around the corner, the retailer has introduced a new online floral program featuring affordable, hand-cut flowers for the big day.

While the pandemic forced many to stay at home last year, it didn’t stop consumers from bringing the outside in with plants and floral arrangements.

Fresh produce grew 11.6% over last year, surpassing growth in shelf-stable products.

As back to school beckons, fresh produce sales are seeing a leveling off of about 10% above last year’s sales.

An additional 2.9 billion pounds of fresh produce have been sold in 2020.

The Produce Marketing Association said its members can use the newly created iTradeMarketplace virtual trading platform free for six months.

The fresh produce trade association moves to a virtual show that will feature live keynote presentations, roundtable discussion groups, community networking and a robust expo floor.

The retailer is elevating the supermarket floral department experience this Valentine's Day with a promotion featuring the freshest flowers and gourmet food.

The 80,000-square-foot facility has the capacity for 1,600 items—including 300 organic items—and is solely dedicated to produce and floral distribution.

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