Banana and tropical fruit supplier Fyffes has endorsed a Human Rights Mitigation and Management Plan aimed at helping the company manage and mitigate human rights issues in the supply chain. The company assessed operations in five countries and identified risks and steps it will take including implementing a gender equality program and supporting a living wage initiative.
Fifty-four seasonal strawberry pickers at Planasa Oregon Operations tested positive for COVID-19 just before they were to begin harvesting and were placed in separate housing, the company said. Five additional people, which could include household members of the infected workers, later tested positive.
Farmer Ed Curry will host the field day portion of next year's International Pepper Conference, to share his expertise gleaned through breeding and growing a wide variety of chile peppers. The event, postponed from this year because of the pandemic, is expected to draw about 300 attendees.
Over the past year, Australia-based Treasury Wine Estates has reduced waste otherwise headed to landfill by 96.2%, cut water use by 13.5% and trimmed energy use by 9.7%, according to the firm's 2020 Sustainability Report. In addition to committing to make 100% of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022's close, Treasury has pledged to fill half of its leadership positions with women by 2025, the report revealed.
When it comes to customer service in food retail, Publix is best among brick-and-mortar grocers while AmazonFresh is ranked at the top of the online grocery category on Newsweek's 2021 Best Customer Service list. Wegmans, Trader Joe's, Sprouts and The Fresh Market secured the second through fifth spots in the brick-and-mortar rankings, respectively, while FreshDirect and Shipt finished second and third in the online category.
Working with salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire, Publix plans to increase sustainable sourcing of its salmon products by selling fish raised on the company's farm near Miami. The new collaboration is set to start in November and will allow Publix to offer sustainable "sourcing with transparency" with the ability to trace the salmon "from egg to plate."
A Walmart store in Fremont, Calif., has become the first to host an automated smoothie kiosk from Blendid, giving shoppers a contactless option to order customized drinks. The kiosk features a robotic arm, machine learning capability and artificial intelligence that allows it to do everything from measuring ingredients to processing payments.
Cantina Terlano in Italy's Alto Adige DOC is one of Europe's most important wine co-ops, a historically significant system in which smaller, family-owned wineries and growers pool resources in order to compete with bigger players yet still maintain their independence and style, writes Lauren Mowery. Cave de Ribeauville, France's oldest wine co-op, collectively maintains eight prized Grand Cru plots in Alsace that help put its wines on the same footing as those from elite names.
SpartanNash, which just signed a seven-year distribution agreement with Amazon that includes warrant options for up to 14% of its stock, has leased a nearly 364,000-square-foot distribution center in Maryland, also for seven years. There is increased speculation about the relationship between SpartanNash and Amazon brought on by the lease deal, including Amazon's potential plans for additional brick-and-mortar sites in the Northeast region.