Oregon's Basics Market operates as a cooking school and education center as much as it does a grocery store, with the goal of teaching customers to make healthy meals at home. The smaller-footprint store includes eight "meal stations" and instructors who teach how to make the dishes on display.
Takeoff Technologies is looking to bring fulfillment that uses artificial intelligence and robotics to grocery stores in an effort to make assembling customer orders more efficient than having staff members do the work. The tech startup has deployed its system at Sedano's Supermarket in Miami and is working to roll it out with grocers including Albertsons and Ahold Delhaize.
FMI and other industry groups welcomed congressional passage of the Farm Bill, saying it allows the industry to continue serving customers' needs efficiently using the latest technology. "It drives modernization in the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems, while protecting retailers from unfair and predatory interchange and processing fees," said Hannah Walker, FMI's senior director, technology and nutrition policy.
The US House and Senate have approved a compromise farm bill that does not contain work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that were included in the House measure and supported by the Trump administration. The bill, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign, adds a new milk incentive program in SNAP to improve nutrition by increasing milk consumption.
Getting back to the basics of nutrition means not having to worry about all of the claims found on food labels, says registered dietitian Tara Rochford. Registered dietitian nutritionist Christina Ferroli says a good rule of thumb is to eat 20 different foods each day using smaller portions.
Youth football athletes ages 5 to 14 who had depression were five times more likely to have football-related concussions, compared with those who didn't have depression, researchers reported in The Journal of Pediatrics. The higher risk of concussions among those with depression may be because of their increased odds of recognizing concussion symptoms and displaying risky behaviors, lead researcher Dr. Sara Chrisman said.
Lay's has introduced a "12 Days of Flavors" Advent calendar, offering a different chip variety behind each of the 12 doors. The company is giving the calendars away free on Instagram; interested fans only have to enter a comment on the brand's InstaStory.
Ferrara Candy will move its headquarters from Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., to downtown Chicago when the company takes over the Old Main Post Office building this summer. CEO Todd Siwak projects that about 400 employees will work in the new office.
Ben & Jerry's will return its Bob Marley's One Love ice cream variety to store shelves for a limited time after the flavor received the most votes in a recent contest. The product has a banana ice cream base and contains graham cracker swirls, chocolate peace signs and caramel.
To eliminate consumer confusion about when foods are safe to consume, GMA and the Food Marketing Institute have collaborated to make product date labels easier to read. As part of the initiative, food and beverage producers will be encouraged to use either "use by" or "best if used by" date labeling.