Albertsons is investing in sustainability including the purchase of 10 semi-trucks from Tesla, according to the company's report on green initiatives. "We're excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint," said Tom Nartker, vice president of transportation for Albertsons.
Kellogg is considering a sale of its fruit-snack and cookie units, which include such brands as Keebler, Famous Amos and Stretch Island, as the firm works to focus more on core brands. The company also announced it would be reorganizing its operational structure in January to spur growth and innovation.
PepsiCo has named 10 startups to join the first iteration of its Nutrition Greenhouse North America program. Hapi Drinks, Remedy Organics and Bohana are among the businesses joining the six-month mentorship platform, and each will gain $20,000 in funding -- with one startup winning another $100,000 at the end of the period.
Chiquita Brands International is cutting food waste by finding uses for unsold bananas, such as turning about 65,000 tons of the fruit into puree and flour annually at a Costa Rican facility. The company also gives farmers bruised bananas for animal feed and uses inedible fruit parts as fertilizer and mulch.
Hy-Vee is reopening a store in Des Moines, Iowa, after it was heavily damaged by waist-high flash flooding in June, destroying many fixtures including refrigerators. The $4.8 million project alleviates a shortage of available fresh food in the city's Harding Hills area since the store was damaged.
"Adventurous consumers" make up a bigger and broader group than millennials, and lead the top trends expected to take hold in 2019, according to research from Innova Market Insights. "In the past, people made fun of eating raw fish, kimchi was a punchline of many jokes, but now there are so many foods and flavors which have gone much more mainstream, that we maybe never expected," said Innova's Lu Ann Williams.
Giant Eagle is rolling out a special diabetes education program at its in-store pharmacies. Customers who use the Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System will receive tips on diet and other issues plus tailored rewards through an app.
Guatemala's Brussels sprouts season started about three weeks late and will run from October to early May, and yields are plentiful thus far, said Pedro Rodriguez of Panamerican Farms. The company will double its shipments to the US leading up to Thanksgiving and again around the year-end holidays, he said.
Former strawberry farm supervisor My Ut Trinh is accused of putting needles in strawberries headed to supermarkets in Australia out of revenge or spite, a Brisbane magistrate said. The woman allegedly tampered with the berries to cause problems for a former employer, according to the BBC.
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