Food Retail
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5/22/2018

Hy-Vee will open 26 Wahlburgers restaurant locations in the eight states where it does business without putting the burger joints in its stores, but it will carry some of the chain's products. The grocer decided to join the burger business after receiving many social media requests when it featured Mark Wahlberg's sports nutrition products, CEO Randy Edeker said.

5/22/2018

Kroger's deal with high-tech British retailer Ocado could lead to orders for its ClickList service being fulfilled in warehouses instead of on store floors, company executives said. "Obviously, this is built as our online deliver-to-home solution in the US," said Kroger's John Schlotman of the Ocado technology.

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5/22/2018

Driven by growing consumer demand for transparency, Procter & Gamble is disclosing the ingredients used in the majority of its 3,500 products by employing SmartLabel. "[W]e are committed to making information more transparent for those who use our products," said Kathy Fish, P&G's chief research, development and innovation officer.

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5/22/2018

Pol Roger was the official Champagne of the recent wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and British sparkling wines likely had a presence at Buckingham Palace during the wedding lunch, writes Elva Ramirez. Chapel Down is an example of a part of the British sparkling wine movement, which has benefited from England's more volatile winters and springs in recent years.

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Forbes
5/22/2018

High California strawberry volumes have led to lower prices for the fruit this month, according to Agriculture Department data. The price of a carton of conventional berries was between $4 and $5 on May 17, compared to $7 on the same day one year ago.

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5/22/2018

Albertsons soon could run a pilot test that allows customers to grab certain items and walk out of the store without checking out, akin to the Amazon Go technology, according to a published report. The company also is ready for one-touch sales at gas pumps, which will be tested near its Boise, Idaho, headquarters.

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Progressive Grocer
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5/22/2018

Sales of organic food grew 6.4% last year, below 2016's 9% growth rate, but still outpacing overall food sales growth, according to the Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Industry Survey. Organic ice cream sales rose 9%, sales of organic cheese climbed nearly 8% and organic fresh juice sales skyrocketed by almost 25%, the report said.

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5/22/2018

Hershey, Ritz and Pillsbury led a list of the 10 favorite food brands among consumers, which was compiled by Morning Consult Intelligence. Among consumers ages 18 to 29, the top brand was Oreos, followed by Doritos and Hershey, according to the survey.

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5/22/2018

Independent grocers can learn a lesson from the indie bookstores that survived the coming of Amazon, namely that the shopping experience makes a difference, Kat Martin writes. Competing on price with the retail giants is tough, but some shoppers want to support local stores they enjoy visiting, she writes.

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Progressive Grocer
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5/22/2018

General Mills is paying more attention to the health of the soils that grow its ingredients, said chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch. "If the front end of that engine -- Mother Nature and farming communities -- starts to break down, our business becomes either really expensive to operate, or sometimes impossible to operate because we can't get what we need in order to make those products," he said.

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