Leanne Skelton, head of the fresh-products division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will coordinate with the FDA to formulate new safety rules for fresh produce. The agencies have been meeting with local food safety authorities, farmers and the fresh-produce industry for input on the regulations under development.
Eric J. Foss, who currently leads Pepsi Bottling Group, will helm PepsiCo's bottling unit when it and PepsiAmericas are rolled into PepsiCo next year. Analysts praised the choice of Foss to lead the combined unit.
More food shoppers are buying foods including fish, freshly baked bread, artisan cheeses and locally raised meat directly from producers. A new movement, called Community Supported Kitchens, sells prepared foods that are made with local ingredients.
Meijer has added Grocery Express service to locations in St. Charles and Aurora, Ill. For $6.95, customers can shop online, then schedule a time to pick up the items at a designated space in the supermarket parking lot.