Southeastern Grocers will open two new Fresco y Mas stores in Florida by November: one in Tampa and another in Deltona, north of Orlando. The latest locations will give the Hispanic grocery chain a total of 29 stores in the state and continue expansion north and west from its South Florida stronghold.
Kroger will join the efforts of the Buy Safe America Coalition to help stop organized crime at the retail level, including the sale of stolen or fake merchandise. The grocer becomes part of the interindustry group of retailers, consumer groups, law enforcement officers and manufacturers and will offer additional training so its workers are better able to recognize and report retail crime.
Texas-based Avocados From Mexico has unveiled a new campaign to work with retailers and brands to promote the fruit during football season. The group is partnering with tortilla chip maker Takis Snacks on a contest that offers a grand prize of a flight on a private jet to attend a football game.
Albertsons is doubling down on its shoppers' need for speed and convenience, becoming the first grocer to offer the "DoubleDash" option from DoorDash, which lets consumers combine their grocery purchases with online orders from other retailers into a single delivery. The option debuted last month with convenience stores and restaurants, and the platform will give customers suggestions of potential order pairings that could be picked up by the same driver.
Target, Wegmans and Publix have been ranked among the best places for women to work, recognizing the efforts of all three retailers to promote more equitable and inclusive work environments. Among large companies, Target was ranked at No. 13 on Fortune's Best Workplaces for Women 2021, while Wegmans came in at No. 17 and Publix landed at No. 59.
From probiotic snacks to pasta made from almond flour, the trend in new food products continues moving toward healthier options, label transparency and simple, "real" ingredients, according to the 2021 Editors' Picks from Progressive Grocer. The list of more than 100 products also reflects the growing popularity of plant protein and the expansion of private-label and own-brand offerings.
Instacart is ramping up its focus on speed and convenience, announcing it will deliver products all day every day from partners including CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway and Walgreens. In addition to the 24/7 service, Instacart is also offering extended delivery hours for retailers that either open early or stay open late.
Tops Friendly Markets is accelerating its environmental initiatives with new focus on cutting food waste, shrinking its carbon footprint and growing energy efficiency. The grocer plans to expand use of the Flashfood food waste app and also has committed to using solar power and battery storage at 75 of its locations, among other sustainability solutions.
Spain's imports of fresh produce from Morocco grew 2% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2020. Heavy rains in Morocco last winter were a boon to the country's farmers, fueling a strong 2020-21 growing season, according to the country's Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests.
Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a recall on its branded Curly Leaf Parsley with harvest dates of Aug. 18 and 19, on concerns about possible E.coli contamination. There have been no illnesses reported in connection with the parsley, which was distributed in five US states.
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