Walmart-owned Sam's Club will offer online shopping and delivery via Instacart from half its US stores by the end of October, the companies said. The deal, which represents an expansion of Walmart's partnership with Instacart, will also allow nonmembers to shop online at Sam's Club.
Grocers are using Dallas-Fort Worth and other Texas markets to test their home delivery options in a region with high competition but more reasonable costs. Market heavyweights Walmart and Kroger are among those setting up innovation labs in the region.
Walmart will build a high-tech grocery warehouse in California that will move products 40% faster than its existing facilities, the company said. The warehouse, set to open in 2020, will use robots to improve both speed and efficiency.
Coca-Cola has named Brian Smith its next president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, and Nancy Quan will serve as the company's chief technical officer. John Murphy has been tapped as Coca-Cola's new chief financial officer, replacing company veteran Kathy Waller, who is retiring.
Kellogg partnered with GLAAD to launch All Together cereal, featuring Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes and Frosted Mini Wheats in the same box. The limited-edition product was sold Thursday at the Kellogg Cafe in New York in honor of #SpiritDay, an effort to stop bullying of LGBTQ youth, with proceeds going to GLAAD.
Walmart executive Frank Yiannas will move to the Food and Drug Administration in November to take on the newly created position of deputy commissioner for food policy and response. Yiannas will be in charge of creating the new office of food safety as the agency undergoes a reorganization.
Technology and food safety were hot topics as CEO Cathy Burns opened the PMA Fresh Summit this week in Orlando, Fla. "Food safety is a reflection of your core values. ... We must embrace a follow-the-science philosophy," said Burns, who revealed PMA's plans for a food-safety certification program for the produce industry.
Chile-based Yentzen Consulting has created a global survey division to study issues and perceptions in the agriculture industry. "The initiative arose from clients' desire to understand how their brand or product is perceived in key markets," said Managing Director Gustavo Yentzen.
London's Royal Parks have seen incidents of illegal foraging surge 600% in the past year amid growing demand for wild-grown produce such as fruits and mushrooms. Foragers are encroaching on plants needed to feed the parks' wildlife, according to the Royal Parks charity.
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