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12/13/2018

Whole Foods Market will open two locations of its price-focused 365 stores in the Atlanta market, the first for this banner in the area. The stores, to be located in Decatur and Buckhead, will feature limited-edition items called 365 Faves, as well as a Mexican restaurant.

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12/13/2018

Both Kroger and Walmart are expanding their pharmacy partnerships, with Walmart extending its collaboration with Express Scripts as part of its efforts to bring affordable prescription prices to customers. Kroger has just launched its Rx Savings Club, working with GoodRx to offer special discounts.

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12/13/2018

Walker & Co., a health-and-beauty startup focused on products for people of color, has been acquired by Procter & Gamble. "Everybody should get ready for what's next," said Walker & Co. founder Tristan Walker, who will remain at the helm of the firm.

12/13/2018

Sepideh Burkett, who was recently promoted to vice president of store support at Giant Food, sees the grocer as a place that helps bring families and the community together. "Ideas and a great deal of effort can build something that supports our communities and our employees -- something we can be proud of," Burkett says.

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12/13/2018

While ground poultry such as chicken or turkey may be unfamiliar to many consumers, growing demand for these items could be key to improving sales in the meat department, Richard Mitchell writes. Competitive pricing, in-store samples and guidance on labels or signage are ways to encourage sales of the products.

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12/13/2018

Both the House and Senate have signed off on the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill, which will now go to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed. FMI's Hannah Walker, senior director of technology and nutrition policy, believes the bill is largely positive for the grocery industry, saying "The bill helps FMI members keep operation costs down and fosters innovation and efficiencies for the future of food retail and its customers."

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12/13/2018

UK supermarket chain Morrisons this week will start selling Too Good to Waste boxes containing produce approaching the sell-by date. The boxes, part of a program to reduce food waste and spur fruit and vegetable consumption, will sell for about $1.26.

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12/13/2018

Lakeside Foods will add 100,000 square feet to its Manitowoc, Wis., production facility as part of a $40 million expansion. The plant produces frozen and canned vegetables for about 100 private-label customers.

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12/13/2018

Plantains are appearing in more US supermarket produce sections as the fruit's popularity grows outside of ethnic specialty circles, said Robert Schueller of Melissa's Produce in California. "It is now the second most popular banana variety in the United States, behind the Cavendish," he said.

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12/13/2018

Mission Produce is gearing up for the end of football season with a retail promotion for its Emeralds in the Rough imperfect avocados dubbed "Emeralds in the End Zone." "The grade 2 fruit is equal in taste and internal quality to the grade 1 fruit but is a little rougher around the edges," said Senior Director of Business Development Patrick Cortes.

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