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1/21/2022

With more than 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, James Hoffmann is quickly becoming one of the best known coffee experts on the internet. The 2007 World Barista Champion and author of "The World Atlas of Coffee" uses his platform to explore all things coffee, from serious issues around coffee production and pricing to fun and lighthearted product reviews of brewing equipment and coffee products -- including an espresso martini-flavored cheese.

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1/21/2022

Chopped vegetables, creamy feta cheese and crunchy, juicy pomegranate arils add a variety of textures to this salad made with freekeh, a nutty grain that is common in Middle Eastern cooking. This recipe calls for coarse freekeh, which is similar in size to rice. Fufu's Kitchen

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1/21/2022

This supersize chocolate cookie is baked and served in a skillet. Since the cookie stays in the hot pan, remove it from the oven while it's slightly underdone to avoid over-baking. Broma Bakery

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1/20/2022

Scott McClelland, who joined H.E. Butt Grocery in 1990 as store operations vice president and became president of H-E-B Food and Drug stores in 2017, will retire at the end of this year. Known in Texas as the "H-E-B Guy" for his role in the grocer's TV commercials, McClelland will continue working with the H-E-B Executive Committee and act as an adviser as H-E-B continues to build its footprint in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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1/20/2022

Part of the growing healthier food trend is a new focus on reducing sodium intake, especially in processed foods, and suppliers are responding by employing ingredient technologies to cut back on salt content wherever possible. There are, however, limits to how much salt can be removed from many products "without running into significant taste, texture and shelf-life challenges and changes that consumers will notice and react to," said Rajesh Potineni of the Kerry Group.

1/20/2022

Schnuck Markets, working with Logile, has deployed the Workforce Management solution suite in all of its stores, helping managers track and organize rapidly changing worker schedules to ensure better staffing levels. The technology also includes an employee app that allows them to update their schedules in real time, and the grocer is expected to launch Logile's Store Execution task planning platform later this year.

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1/20/2022

Scott Grimmett, CEO of Northeast Grocery, will retire from the role next month after a 48-year career in food retail that culminated in November's merger of the Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets banners. Tops Markets Chairman and CEO Frank Curci will take over from Grimmett.

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1/20/2022

Southeastern Grocers and its SEG Gives Foundation charitable arm plan to bolster support of initiatives that enhance the grocer's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and help eliminate racial disparity. In 2020 SEG rolled out a community grant program that has so far given $385,000 to 33 nonprofit groups and in 2021 it held the first "We SEG Conference," which featured experts discussing key DEI issues.

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1/20/2022

Giant Food recently revealed the 22 employees who won free fruits and vegetables for a year for their participation in the grocer's #HealthyAtWork challenge, which took place last fall. Originally launched in 2020 as a response to the stresses of the pandemic, #HealthyAtWork features nutrition professionals and in-store "Healthy Living Ambassadors" helping front-line workers reach weekly goals for exercise, nutrition and physical and mental health.

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1/20/2022

After a 30-year career at many high-profile banks, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Anne Boden was so dissatisfied with the UK's banking system that, in 2014 in her early 50s, she entered the world of fintech and created the now highly acclaimed digital banking system known as Starling. Boden is one of 50 women over the age of 50 recognized by Forbes as 2022 trailblazers in financial services, retail, technology and other fields across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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