Uber has plans to launch food delivery via drones by 2021, according to a job posting on the company's website. The listing revealed the drone delivery business would operate under the UberEats division, and that the company hopes to begin testing the drones as early as next year.
Shoppers spent $59.8 billion on produce in the year ending Aug. 12, according to research from IRI, illustrating the key part produce plays in bringing shoppers to supermarkets. In fact, 80% of shoppers said they choose their primary grocery store based on availability of high-quality produce items, FMI found in its "US Grocery Shopper Trends 2018" report.
The now-classic British dish of fish and chips got its start from Jews fleeing Portugal after 1496, who brought along their tradition of frying lightly floured white fish on Fridays to prepare for the Sabbath. While it's unclear who popularized the pairing with fried potatoes, one theory points to a Jewish immigrant named Joseph Malins who opened a London fish and chips shop in the 1860s.
A Georgia school district is featuring meals with locally grown produce and meat, such as smoky rib sandwiches and "parm-roasted" cauliflower. "We are constantly holding taste test opportunities for students to try possible new menu options," said Cheryl Jones, Hall County's director of school nutrition and president-elect of the Georgia School Nutrition Association.
Procter & Gamble in January will raise prices by 5-10% on such items as Dawn dish soap and Crest toothpaste. This follows news in July that the firm was increasing costs on select brands including Pampers, Bounty and Charmin.
Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put plans to innovate swiftly as consumer behavior evolves. "What we want to do is much more real-time reacting to what is going on with the consumer on social media or experimenting with new products," he said.
Yogurt firms are working to keep their offerings on-trend as the space becomes crowded. Chobani is considering extensions within its Greek yogurt category, such as products geared toward men, new offerings for kids and lower-sugar options, said Peter McGuinness, Chobani's chief marketing and commercial officer.
SUPERVALU will close its 16 remaining Shop 'n Save stores next month in the Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis markets after the company failed to find buyers for the locations, according to reports. The firm in September said it would sell 19 Shop 'n Save stores to Schnuck Markets as part of its exit from grocery retail and its upcoming merger with United Natural Foods.
The author of "Bruce Aidells' Complete Sausage Book" offers a primer on the different types of German sausages that are standards on Oktoberfest menus. Bockwurst is a mild white sausage made of ground pork and sometimes veal flavored with chives, leeks or green onions; blutwurst is made with pork fat and blood, and knockwurst is a smoked sausage with a strong garlic flavor generally made of pork and veal.
Restaurants and food retailers are experimenting with blockchain technology as a means to improve food safety and transparency in the supply chain. Walmart and Kroger are working with food makers and IBM on a blockchain project and restaurant companies including Bloomin' Brands and Sweetgreen are also testing the technology.
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