Stop & Shop has added The Mini Bakery from Wilkinson Baking Co. at a store in Massachusetts. The Mini Bakery machine, also known as "The Breadbot," can freshly bake 10 loaves of artisan bread every hour.
Albertsons is expanding its ExxonMobil fuel rewards program to 15 states on the East Coast. The Gas Rewards program is available through Safeway, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market stores, and can be redeemed at around 1,500 Exxon and Mobil stations.
Amazon has grown its cashierless Amazon Go concept to 16 stores in the last two years with a strong focus on grab-and-go, and the online retail giant continues to expand the concept. Meanwhile, traditional food retailers including Kroger, Tom Thumb and Market Street have been upping their investments in prepared foods since 2015.
In an effort to keep pace with other premium spirit-makers, Patron just released its oldest-ever tequila, Extra Anejo 10 Anos, which is aged 10 years in American oak and hybrid French and American Limousin barrels. The 40% ABV spirit is priced at $349 per bottle and available only at select US retailers.
Brick-and-mortar grocers have a significant advantage over e-commerce players when it comes to winning produce and other fresh food sales, according to a Nielsen report. Consumers who do some grocery shopping online spend about 1.5% more on fresh food at brick-and-mortar stores than people who don't shop online, the report also found.
A USDA study has found that consumers who wash or rinse raw poultry increase their risk of spreading bacteria to other foods through surface contamination. Among study participants who washed their poultry, 60% had bacteria in the sink afterward and 26% transferred bacteria to their salads.
Technology and data that can improve traceability, outbreak responses and predictive models will be major areas of focus in the new era of food safety, a Food and Drug Administration official said at an industry conference. Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said that "as modern food safety approaches continue to generate big data, new data streams, and tools for rapidly analyzing this data, we will plan to better explore as an agency how we use them for prevention."
The US could be close to sealing a new trade deal with Japan, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the United Fresh Washington Conference earlier this week. He also shared updates on the status of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and said President Donald Trump is working to grow agriculture exports while dealing with the China trade war.
Wine Enthusiast has designated Sonoma County, Calif., as Wine Region of the Year in its 2019 Wine Star Award Winners list. The publication heralded the region's "long history, resilience, commitment to diversity and global leadership in sustainability" as the basis for selecting the region.
Master bourbon taster and brand development expert Peggy Noe Stevens and Katrina Egbert, marketing coordinator for the Wild Turkey Distillery visitor center, have been inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, which is operated by the Kentucky Distillers' Association. Noe Stevens, who was praised for her tireless advocacy toward making whiskey more accessible for women throughout her career, noted: "I knew there was the other half of the population we weren't speaking to."
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