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1/21/2022

Walmart has chosen Olive Branch, Miss., just across the state line from Memphis, Tenn., as the site for another e-commerce fulfillment center -- a 1 million-square-foot space that will open in spring and employ 250 people. The project marks the third time in a month Walmart has announced plans to build a new fulfillment center, with the other two located in Lebanon, Tenn., and Salt Lake City.

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1/21/2022

In the second season of his television series "Broken Bread," chef Roy Choi will highlight the people who work in all parts of the food system, from farmers to fine dining chefs. In the first episode, which premieres Jan. 25 on KCET and Tastemade, Choi visits the food stalls at Los Angeles' Avenue 26 night market and Wolfgang Puck's upscale Beverly Hills restaurant, Spago, to shed a light on the way people often assign less value to food they perceive as low-end.

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1/21/2022

This warming noodle dish combines chicken, turnip and cabbage in a sauce flavored with garlic, ginger and Japanese curry paste. CIA Foodies

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1/21/2022

This flatbread is both decadent and packed with nutrition. The whole wheat crust is topped with kale, oyster mushrooms and white beans. In place of heavy Alfredo sauce, Chef Scott prepares a creamy white bean puree as the base sauce on this flatbread. The flatbread could easily be prepared vegetarian by omitting the wild boar sausage.

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1/21/2022

Walmart has named Tom Ward, currently a senior vice president focusing on last-mile delivery and in-home service, to become the head of e-commerce operations. Ward will replace e-commerce chief Casey Carl, who joined Walmart in fall 2020 and will depart at the end of February, according to published reports.

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1/21/2022

FMI's signature Midwinter Executive Conference is back on and scheduled for March 28-31 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said the conference was rescheduled because of concerns about the Omicron variant and ongoing supply and labor issues, saying "[w]hile we paused our Midwinter event plans with purpose and patience, our members have urged us to hit 'play' for our first in-person gathering in more than two years."

1/21/2022

In the latest episode of Loss Prevention Magazine's Take 10 podcast, FMI's Doug Baker discusses how the organization is helping the food industry cope with the pandemic and its fallout, including initiatives to help front-line employees de-escalate conflicts and efforts to help grocers meet new supply chain and labor challenges. Although many obstacles remain, Baker said "we're adapting quickly because we have really good open communication and we're talking with members very frequently."

1/21/2022

After a successful test of the Flashfood app, Stop & Shop will offer shoppers the digital option at its stores in Providence, R.I., and nearby Pawtucket. The app allows customers to get discounts on products that are nearing their expiration dates, and Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid said the grocer has "already seen how the program helps families significantly save money on their grocery bills, while also helping our environment."

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1/21/2022

Florida orange growers are on track to produce 44.5 million boxes of fruit this season, 1.5 million fewer than forecast in December, according to the Agriculture Department. The season is set to be the smallest in terms of production since the mid-1940s.

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1/21/2022

Discount supermarket retailer Lidl has signed onto the LEAF Marque initiative and committed to ensuring that all fresh produce suppliers meet the program's requirements for certification by the end of next year. To earn certification, growers must use regenerative farming methods, cut carbon emissions and take steps to improve biodiversity.