Food & Beverage
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12/11/2019

A new concept, Flip'd by IHOP, is set to debut in the spring with a smaller format than the brand's traditional restaurants. Flip'd will make its entry in Atlanta with a build-your-own pancake bar, breakfast burritos and bowls, and grab-and-go wraps.

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Forbes, Business Insider
12/11/2019

Walmart is launching a pilot program with Nuro to test grocery delivery using autonomous vehicles in Houston. The retailer has undertaken similar tests with Gatik in Arkansas and Udelv in Arizona, among others.

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Progressive Grocer
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Walmart
12/11/2019

Ahold Delhaize USA will spend $480 million over the next three years to update and grow its East Coast supply chain. The company will buy three C&S Wholesale Grocers distribution facilities, build two automated frozen facilities and lease two more buildings.

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FoodBev
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Wholesale Grocers
12/11/2019

Schools in a Kentucky district are installing water bottle-filling stations. Dalla Emerson, the district's director of food services, says the stations will encourage students to drink more water.

12/11/2019


Five years ago, a plant-based eater would only have a small selection offered on grocery shelves and would never think they could walk into a fast-food restaurant to enjoy a satisfying meal. Today in the food industry, though, there are thousands of companies riding the wave of the plant-based protein trend. Read more.

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fmi.org
12/11/2019


Collectively, statistics on the number of SKUs per store and number of weekly transactions per store tell a story about the food retail industry's ability to succeed in any environment and the quest to stay agile. Read more.

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fmi.org
12/11/2019

Significant consumer interest in CBD, or cannabidiol, has resulted in many companies considering whether and how to enter this space. However, the absence of comprehensive federal guidance, coupled with a developing patchwork of state regulatory laws, has created a lack of clarity. FMI, in partnership with law firm Baker Hostetler, has developed a guide including useful background information and general recommendations to help ensure food retailers and suppliers understand key regulatory issues about CBD products. Download now.

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12/11/2019


According to the 2019 Power of Meat report, eating meat is still the norm, with 86% of shoppers classifying themselves as meat eaters, 5% following a vegetarian or vegan diet and 10% describing their eating style as flexitarian (mostly vegetarian with some animal protein). However, the report finds consumers are becoming conscious of the effects their diet has on the environment. Learn more.

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fmi.org
12/11/2019

Food Dive has named Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey "Executive of the Year" for expanding the company's portfolio significantly since taking the helm two-and-a-half years ago. By adding more sparkling waters, energy, coffee and fitness drinks and overhauling existing brands, Quincey has helped Coca-Cola "to withstand -- and even thrive -- despite headwinds in the industry," writes Christopher Doering.

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Food Dive
12/11/2019

Innovation for PepsiCo this year has produced bolder flavors including Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho and Smartfood air-popped popcorn. It's also resulted in the Gatorade brand's debut of fitness drink Bolt24, a fruit-flavored line for Pepsi and more healthy snacks, including Smartfood's Smart 50 and Bare Medleys from its Bare Snacks brand.

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