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7/23/2021

Instacart and Fabric have joined to provide US and Canadian food retailers with microfulfillment centers. The facilities will use both robotic software and front-end e-commerce technology to accelerate and facilitate online grocery orders placed through the Instacart Marketplace or through a retailer's branded Instacart e-commerce site.

7/23/2021

Snack consumption is changing in the US, with shoppers now prioritizing nutritious, healthy products. Major confectionery and CPG companies are making moves to cater to the trend, with Hershey's Kristen Riggs saying, "Expanding our expertise, building new capabilities and delivering more choices in better-for-you confection is the next big category opportunity for us to lead."

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7/23/2021

The previous vintage of this wine won a Value Platinum at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards. Created in 2005, Paco & Lola is a union of more than 440 small growers who together own more than 2,200 vineyards. Only the free-run juice was used in this exuberant white, so there's a lovely weight of ripe stone fruit and zesty lime notes. Round but with fresh, balancing acidity, it would make a great match for a spicy fish dish. Decanter score: 91 points. Drink: 2021-2022. Alc: 13%

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7/23/2021

US blueberries are on sale in China for the first time through a partnership between fruit retailer Pagoda and the US Highbush Blueberry Council, after receiving approval from China's customs agency in May of 2020. The first air freight shipment of blueberries were grown by Norris Farms in Oregon and supplied by Washington state's Superfresh Growers.

7/23/2021

For his new show, "Family Dinner," Andrew Zimmern is sitting down to dinner in homes across the US to explore how and what families eat together. "To hear from families themselves what their stories are, what the food is, what their traditions and their own cultures and their own family histories are their own geographical locations -- but most importantly, why they feel the need to gather -- is something that is entertaining and funny and emotional, and we all are able to learn a little something," Zimmern said.

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7/23/2021

This sandwich delivers a symphony of savory flavors with tuna, tomatoes, olives and capers. The dressing -- made with herbs, anchovies and jalapenos -- can be made up to two days before assembling the sandwich. CIA Foodies

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7/23/2021

Upgrade your turkey sandwich! Watch Chef Barbara Alexander from The Culinary Institute of America show us how to make a Moroccan turkey pita sandwich. The turkey is seasoned with Moroccan spice blend ras al hanout and harissa, then grilled. Get the recipe.

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7/23/2021

The Fresh Market's initial public offering filing and Nestle Toll House's fall lineup of cookie dough and baking mixes attracted SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week. ALDI's small-format design and new CPG products from Kellogg and Pringles also ranked high with readers.

7/23/2021

C&S Wholesale Grocers will acquire the frozen service contract for Albertsons from Burris Logistics. "We look forward to further strengthening our service in the important growing frozen segment and supporting the growth and continued success of our retail partner Albertsons," said C&S CEO Bob Palmer.

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7/23/2021

The US online grocery market saw a 23% year-over-year decline in June sales, according to the Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey. While sales fell to $6.8 billion, grocery pickup continued to strengthen as the monthly average user base grew nearly 16%.