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9/24/2020

Two locations across the country from each other -- near Seattle and outside Washington, D.C. -- could be among the latest sites for Amazon Fresh brick-and-mortar grocery stores. Amazon hasn't confirmed anything, but reports say a former Safeway site in Bellevue, Wash., is being revamped in signature Amazon architecture; while in Gaithersburg, Md., it appears the retailer will "soon" be taking over a 31,000-square-foot location that formerly housed an Office Depot.

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9/24/2020

Walmart's multibillion-dollar investment in TikTok could give the retailer direct access to customers who use the app to watch and create videos, a move some industry experts say could ultimately "redefine retail," Michael Corkery writes. He notes that Walmart, which in recent weeks has rolled out the Walmart+ subscription service, shuffled its management structure and launched three separate drone delivery pilot programs, could also leverage TikTok to "embed advertisements in the user-generated videos with links to the Walmart website."

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9/24/2020

Two decades of growth have vaulted J.M. Smucker from a well-known jam and jelly maker into a $7 billion CPG company with a portfolio that includes coffee, pet products and snacks. Now, the Ohio-based
firm is rolling out a rebrand with a new logo and revamped brand identity system, which President and CEO Mark Smucker says will boost its "category expertise with customers and suppliers and create greater awareness of the value we bring to our partners."

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Progressive Grocer
9/24/2020

Giant Eagle will deploy Radius Networks' FlyBuy Pickup technology to improve the quality and speed of its contactless curbside pickup service. The machine-learning technology will be embedded in the Giant Eagle mobile app, helping to predict curbside customers' arrival and allowing employees to prioritize orders and reduce wait times, among other benefits.

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9/24/2020

The central kitchen in California's Oakdale Joint Unified School District typically serves about 1,500 students daily, but during the coronavirus pandemic and a shift to remote instruction, school nutrition professionals are serving about 150 meals each day. Angie Cazares, the district's director of nutritional services, says the staff is focused on expanding access to nutritional food for students while making sure not to produce excess food waste.

9/24/2020

Unilever CEO Alan Jope tops the 2020 HERoes Advocates list of 50 senior executives who have implemented policies to create a more diverse and inclusive work culture. "Businesses have a responsibility to adopt progressive policies like paid maternity and paternity leave, ensure safe workplaces for women, challenge harmful stereotypes, create equal opportunities and implement equal pay," said Jope.

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9/24/2020

A Special K sweepstakes by Kellogg will award 700 people its "Blursday Go Away" kit that includes a Special K cereal variety and pair of socks for each day of the week. The promotion is a nod to the pandemic making every day seem like "Blursday, the 47th of Augtember," according to a company statement.

9/24/2020

Whole tea leave prices have soared 50% since March due to a pandemic-related increase in consumption and limited supply caused by drought, labor shortages and other issues in tea-producing regions, writes Lucy Craymer. Year-over-year bottled tea concentrate and packaged tea prices have risen 9.6% and 1.7%, respectively, while ready-to-drink tea prices have remained steady, according to Nielsen.

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9/24/2020

Guayusa is beneficial to better-for-you beverage formulations, as it's a source of naturally occurring caffeine and antioxidants, said Brian Zapp, creative director for Applied Food Sciences. "Caffeine is the main active linked to a stimulating effect but the guayusa also provides much higher levels of antioxidants than green tea or coffee beans," added Loick Fenaux, head of lifescience and nutrition for Doehler North America.

9/24/2020

Parents and children are inventing creative ways to celebrate Halloween safely this year, such as "ghosting," in which friends leave candy goody bags for others on their doorstep, as well as shooting candy down a tube to trick-or-treaters. "I think we're all just looking for some type of normal in 2020, and safely celebrating Halloween will make something this year feel right and in our control," said Brittany Dutra, founder of the blog 100 Percent That Mom.

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