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9/24/2021

A CDC advisory committee on Thursday recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for certain populations, including people 65 and older, but did not recommend boosters for those who work in schools and other settings with a higher rate of transmitting the coronavirus. However, on Friday CDC Director Rochelle Walensky overruled that decision, saying in a statement, "In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good."

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9/24/2021

Hy-Vee has started a test of Simbe Robotics' Tally shelf-scanning robot to help automate and streamline its inventory management process. Five Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska will serve as pilot sites for the robot, which can survey an entire store three times daily and offer real-time updates on inventory placement and availability.

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9/24/2021

Instacart has been driving growth in the grocery industry in the eight years since it was founded, with a recent survey commissioned by the delivery giant showing it added 186,000 jobs and pushed grocery revenue up by $6.4 billion between 2013 and the second quarter of 2020. While that growth has exploded since the COVID-19 outbreak, Instacart President Carolyn Everson said the study showed "the shift in driving additional revenue online as well as additional jobs, that started before the pandemic."

9/24/2021

The School Nutrition Association anticipates national supply chain shortages affecting school menus will not be easily resolved due to several factors such as manufacturing costs and labor shortages, according to SNA President Beth Wallace. "This is a nationwide supply chain struggle that we're going through right now, and it affects all parts of the country in different ways."

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9/24/2021

Perdue Farms' Premium Prepared Foods division has released Perdue ThanksNuggets in retailers across the US this year after the seasonal product sold out online in less than three minutes in 2020. The white turkey breast nuggets are coated with a sweet potato-seasoned breading.

9/24/2021

Actor Blake Lively has debuted Betty Buzz, a line of sparkling, low-sugar, clean-label mixers that are "crafted for your favorite spirits but tasty enough to fly solo," according to a company statement. The collection offers five flavors -- Tonic Water, Sparkling Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon Club Soda, Sparkling Lemon Lime and Ginger Beer -- and is entering select retail nationwide.

9/24/2021

Beverage sales are expected to increase 2.2% annually through 2025, although COVID-19 vaccination rates and the emergence of coronavirus variants may alter sales performance, according to a Packaged Facts report. Pandemic-related beverage trends that will likely last include the growing interest in low-sugar, functional and plant-based drink varieties.

9/24/2021

Crystal Valley Foods says its value-added asparagus packs are growing in popularity with consumers and retailers. The products are ready to cook, most come in microwaveable bags and the packaging extends the vegetable's shelf life, marketing director Katiana Valdez said.

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9/24/2021

Fall brings an influx of pumpkin spice and apple-flavored foods to menus and grocery shelves, but it's also the perfect season to play with other warm and earthy ingredients, according to flavor scientist Marie Wright. Vanilla, truffle, coffee and floral flavors work well in fall foods, said Wright, who noted that rosewater is showing up in apple pie and other desserts, and "goes really nicely with some of the fall fruits: cranberries, dates, things like that."

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9/24/2021

These versatile fajita bowls can be customized for different tastes and dietary preferences. Chicken breast can be cooked along with the vegetables for added protein, or the bowls can be topped with leftover chili or pulled pork. CIA Foodies (DISH member content)

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