Specialty and gourmet


Aldi advent calendars reveal a hot take on the holiday countdown

The discount grocer has over 20 different Advent calendars for in-store purchase Wednesday, including a new calendar of 24 jars of hot sauce.


New specialty grocery store debuts Friday in Boston

CloverROW will feature grocery items from small business owners and entrepreneurs from Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The 5,000-square-foot Gastromé Market features wines, cheeses and handcrafted items from local purveyors.

The location in Irvine will have a food hall market eatery, as well as fresh produce, meat, seafood and Asian groceries.

HMart's location in Pearl City, Hawaii, will open July 22, while the Quincy location in Massachusetts will open July 28.

Collaboration with Local Express enables independent stores to offer delivery to more shoppers and communities.

"Growth will continue, but at a slower pace than the industry experienced during the 2020 pandemic-influenced whirlwind of grocery shopping and at-home meal preparation," says Denise Purcell of the Specialty Food Association.

In addition to the contactless shopping experience, the small-footprint store features more than 800 local products from nearly 100 local suppliers.

The hybrid corner store/cafe and delivery market is expanding its outreach with a new delivery service, Foxtrot Anywhere, that will ship curated gift boxes featuring its top-selling treats and products nationwide.

Coming this fall and winter, the retailer’s stand-alone Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits location will also feature specialty grocery items such as cheese, charcuterie, chips and crackers.

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