Haggen, operator of Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Western Washington and Oregon and of TOP grocery outlets in the greater-Seattle area, has added an electronic prescription service for its patients. Joining a growing number of drugstore retailers offering the technology, Haggen's service allows doctors to send prescriptions through computers, which then signal the pharmacist that the prescription has arrived.
Though bacteriophage may be the strongest antidote to the listeria bacteria, experts are doubtful that large meat processors will use it because of the connotations of spraying viruses onto food. Kraft Foods has no plans to use phage treatment, a company representative said, while a meat industry representative said too little was known about the technology for wide-spread use.
DeLano Retail Partners closed on the acquisition of 11 Cala Foods and Bell Markets stores in the San Francisco Bay area from Kroger Co. DeLano expects to convert the stores to a new banner early next year.
General Mills-owned Progresso launched a line of low-sodium soups in four flavors, which the company claims has 50% less sodium than its original soups. Campbell also recently cut the salt content in its soups by using sea salt in manufacturing.