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4/12/2021

A new 65,000-square-foot store in Philadelphia, which features an outdoor terrace, restaurants and a beer garden, will help serve as Giant's urban flagship and offer a blueprint for future growth, CEO and President Nick Bertram says. From bolstering its technology and e-commerce footprint to increasing its focus on local offerings, Bertram discusses the new store and what's directly ahead for the Ahold Delhaize USA banner.

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Progressive Grocer
4/12/2021

Beyond Meat, a major player in growing the popularity of meat and dairy alternatives, has again expanded its retail grocery offerings across the US, giving it a presence at 28,000 stores. The company has added a wider variety of products, such as Beyond Meatballs and its Cookout Classic frozen plant-based burger patties, to grocers including Albertsons, FreshDirect.com, Kroger, Target and Walmart.

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burger patties, Target, Walmart
4/12/2021

Wyoming schools have been operating under waiver extensions from the USDA that have allowed all students to receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program since pandemic-related school closures began last spring. USDA guidance for the next school year is expected this month and will influence planning for the future of the program, said Linda Finnerty, communications director for the Wyoming Department of Education.

4/12/2021

Actor and businesswoman Jessica Alba's The Honest Co., which positions itself as a better-for-you baby, personal and home care brand, has filed for a $100 million initial public offering with some analysts valuing the company at roughly $2 billion. The company's diaper and wipes sales comprised 63% of last year's $300.5 million in revenue.

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The Honest Company
4/12/2021

Brands rolling out new varieties include Pringles Wavy Deep Fried Pickle from Kellogg arriving exclusively at Dollar General stores and the Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce and Honey Mustard Flavored Dipping Sauce for Sweet Baby Ray's No Sugar Added line. Ferrara has debuted the Sparkling Mythical Creature variety for its Mother's cookies brand, and Chloe's Oat Milk has added three flavors of its frozen dessert pops.

4/12/2021

Keurig Dr Pepper has delivered its new Dr Pepper Zero Sugar line to retail locations nationwide. The set's unveiling on social media last week revealed its three flavors: original, cherry and cream soda.

4/12/2021

Freezing temperatures in Burgundy vineyards from April 6 to 8 have raised fears that the 2021 vintage could be hurt by damage to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir buds. "It is still too early to know precisely the extent of the damage, but 80% of regions have been affected," reported Jean-Marie Barillère, president of CNIV, France's council for appellation wines.

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Decanter, Wine Spectator
4/12/2021

At its most basic, the Paloma is just tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda, but some mixologists have upgraded the recipe with fresh juice, spiced up with chili or frothed up with blended ice. Other bartenders have even created versions that incorporate spirits such as Campari or vermouth.

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Punch
4/12/2021

Researchers with Mexico's National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research have created a new lemon variety designed to produce higher yields and adapt to growing conditions in different parts of the country. Development of the new variety is part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's plan to expand its role in citrus production.

4/12/2021

The FDA has identified cattle and dairy operations as the cause of E. coli contamination in nearby leafy greens operations and ruled that the threat is a "reasonably foreseeable hazard" for California growers, attorney Bill Marler writes. To avoid foodborne illness outbreaks, restaurants need complete transparency about the source of the salad greens they source, he writes.