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12/3/2021

Early preparation, operational agility and the hiring of 64,000 new employees in the third quarter, which ended Nov. 6, have helped Kroger cope with continued supply chain issues, and the grocer was able to mitigate out-of-stock issues over Thanksgiving as it also leaned on its private brands to grow overall sales. "[W]e are better in stock today than we were a year ago and we were able to serve customers through the Thanksgiving holiday with items they needed for their celebrations," CEO Rodney McMullen told industry analysts.

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12/3/2021

Following the debut of its new large format store prototype in Iowa, Hy-Vee will close a store in Cedar Rapids while also shuttering another in Moline, Ill., in early January. The grocer plans to repurpose stores in Missouri and South Dakota, and says it will offer affected employees comparable jobs.

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12/3/2021

In the coming year, Dollar General will use its self-distribution model to enhance the selection of fresh and frozen foods and also expand its physical presence with its first-ever stores in Mexico. The retailer says plans call for adding 10 new stores in Mexico by the end of 2022.

12/3/2021

With the Omicron variant of the coronavirus looming, Walmart has brought back its vaccine incentive program for employees and extended the COVID-19 leave policy it enacted in 2020 through March 31 of the coming year. The retailer is again offering workers $150 to get fully vaccinated and help protect themselves against the latest variant.

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12/3/2021

The bouncy, colorful look of gelatin desserts belies the simple method used to make them, writes Rachel Wharton, who recommends the orange-and-cream flavored gelatina de naranja con leche and gelatina de mosaico recipes from Fany Gerson. "Like most gelatin desserts, mosaico is ridiculously easy compared to the payoff -- even when you make the flavors from scratch, like Gerson does, using plain gelatin or agar-agar, the vegan gelling agent commonly used across Asia," Wharton writes.

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12/3/2021

This sweet potato soup gets a nutty flavor and extra creamy texture from peanut butter. Whipped cream flavored with molasses and nutmeg makes for a special topping, along with a sprinkle of toasted peanuts. CIA Foodies

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12/3/2021

This easy, healthy and delicious vegetarian Indian curry bowl includes red kidney beans and cauliflower. Chef Lars Kronmark from The Culinary Institute of America demonstrates how to toast the spices to maximize flavor and use Greek yogurt to make a creamy, rich texture.

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12/3/2021

Piped decorations give these vanilla-flavored meringue cookies the look of cozy, cable knit hats. The recipe includes a template for getting the shape just right.

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12/3/2021

Branded apparel from Publix and General Mills' desire to offer more natural and organic options were among this week's roster of most-read food-and-beverage stories. News of Mondelez's first foray into the metaverse and a hot take on inflation from the USA CEO of Ahold Delhaize also made the list.

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12/3/2021

By collaborating with its logistics partners and leveraging technology to increase efficiency, SpartanNash has targeted a cut of 10% -- about 7 million miles -- for its truck fleet in the coming year. "Network optimization" will be key to the effort, said Chief Supply Chain Officer David Petko, and the company says this can keep 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere.

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