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7/23/2021

Retail merchandising company Siffron is refining display methods to keep pace with seafood's popularity after sales spiked during the pandemic. Thirty-five percent of shoppers reported cooking more seafood now than before the outbreak, according to a study from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

7/23/2021

A study from FMI shows food retailers have increased their commitment to health and well-being, with 84% of respondents saying their company has defined a health and well-being strategy. "Eighty-five percent of food retail executives who responded to the survey view these initiatives as key selling points for their store's brand to compete for customer loyalty, and 69% believe they are a significant business growth opportunity for the entire industry in the years ahead," said FMI's Krystal Register.

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7/23/2021

Colorado's fruit harvesting season starts with cherries in late June before moving on to peaches and cantaloupes in July, strawberries in August and raspberries and apples in September. A frost in October hit part of the state, resulting in 70% to 80% of the normal yield this year, said Harrison Topp of Topp Fruits in Hotchkiss.

7/23/2021

Improving food safety requires companies to understand the context of their data and customize a proactive approach, Drew McDonald of California's Taylor Farms said at a recent industry event. "The real trick is that as that data is generated, you're looking back at it, you're using it to solve problems and probably more importantly, you're using it to ask questions," McDonald said.

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7/23/2021

A French ban on noncompostable produce stickers -- which also includes plastic packaging -- is set to take effect Jan. 1, and will affect US exports of sweet potatoes and grapefruit, according to the USDA. The law to overhaul France's consumption and production models was passed in February 2020 and aims to limit waste, increase recycling and improve production methods.

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7/23/2021

Attention to every detail makes this BLT stand out from the crowd, with garlic-rubbed bread and lettuce dressed with a pickle juice and mayonnaise mixture. "It's got some great tang from the pickle juice, some freshness from the basil, and the fat and saltiness from the bacon," said Joe Kindred, chef of Kindred in Davidson, N.C. Garden & Gun

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7/23/2021

Eggplant glazed with soy sauce, oyster sauce and mirin mimics the texture and sweet-and-salty flavor of Japanese eel, called unagi. This plant-forward take can be served on top of white rice with a sprinkling of scallions and sesame seeds. The Woks of Life

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7/22/2021

Costco members in Texas will be able to try same-day grocery delivery as the retailer begins a pilot with Uber and Uber Eats. The pilot, operating at 25 locations in the Dallas, Austin and Houston regions, will make delivery available to members with orders of at least $35.

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7/22/2021

Connected packaging can allow CPG brands to build a relationship with consumers, influence shopping habits and keep customers interested, Niall Murphy writes. Providing instant access to product data with the help of interactive features like QR codes may help brands distinguish themselves during the challenges of the pandemic.

7/22/2021

Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox and the first Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, wants to "fundamentally change institutions" and promote racial equity among executives and on company boards. Burns discusses how companies can eliminate racism and discrimination, how they can bring in more diversity and how consumers are primed to encourage change.

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