• Save Mart-owned Lucky California announced the opening of its newest store, in Pleasanton, California, describing it as a neighborhood grocery store that "will act as the company’s innovation lab and has been re-invented from the ground up to meet the shopping needs of the community and reflect the exciting multicultural flavors enjoyed by Bay Area residents … Lucky California’s inspiration is the region’s diverse food culture with the focus on seasonally fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The flagship store will feature the best of California through long-standing ties to local growers, fisher-men and women, cheese makers, vintners and producers."
• CNN reports that Chick-fil-A is "limiting the number of sauces it's giving out to customers because of limited stock.
"The chicken chain said Wednesday that industry-wide supply chain issues, which are affecting essentially every aspect of the economy, has resulted in a 'shortage of select items' that Chick-fil-A serves, including sauces … The chain said it's working to fix the sauce supply problems as quickly as possible."
• CNN reports that "Target is launching its own line of plant-based foods as demand continues to grow for meat and dairy alternatives.
"The new assortment includes more than 30 foods including vegan spreads, almond milk creamer, oat milk, plant-based dips and meat and chicken alternatives. Target describes the new collection as 'on-trend, flavorful, high-quality options at incredible value,' with items priced under $8.
"Target developed and tested the food in-house and is branded using 'Good & Gather,' which is its flagship food brand that launched two years ago in an attempt to take on its grocery store's private labels. The new food will gradually roll out on its website and in stores through fall."
• CNBC reports that "Elliott Investment Management, the owner of Barnes & Noble, said Tuesday it will acquire gift and stationery retailer Paper Source.
"The acquisition will provide Paper Source with the funding it needs to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
"Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt will oversee both companies. While the two businesses plan to operate independently, it hinted at possible partnerships in the future."