A new survey from Ipsos ranked Walmart, H.E. Butt Grocery and Sam's Club as the top grocers for in-store and curbside pickup and home delivery service. The study, which used mystery shoppers to gather information, listed H-E-B as best for delivery services -- with Whole Foods Market and ALDI also cited -- while Walmart was rated best for in-store pickup and Sam's Club was tops in the curbside pickup category.
With the pandemic still roiling the food retail and supply industries, IGA has decided to hold its annual Global Rally, postponed from earlier this year, as a virtual event on Nov. 10, with a traditional in-person gathering set for 2021. "Having a virtual event gives us the flexibility to show, rather than tell, what we've learned about taking care of shoppers as a result of COVID," said IGA CEO John Ross.
Farmstead, the online-only grocer based in California, is making its first foray into the East Coast market with a dark store in Charlotte, N.C., looking to capitalize on the double-digit growth in customers it has seen this year. The launch is set for November and Farmstead has opened a waiting list that will be limited to the first 1,000 customers who sign up.
Sprouts Farmers Market is planning to fight hunger in 23 states by giving $1.6 million to local groups working to ensure people affected by the pandemic have access to food supplies. The grocer's philanthropic arm, Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, will award the 120 grants which foundation director Lyndsey Waugh said will help organizations "strengthen the work that they're doing at the community level."
Massachusetts school nutrition professionals are among the school staff highlighted in this article as ensuring that schools operate safely and meet the needs of students during the coronavirus pandemic. Heather Baril, director of School Nutrition at North Attleboro Public Schools, says the need was so great that her department began feeding the community, distributing 1,350 produce boxes to families over the summer and supplying meals at senior centers and the YMCA.
Grupo Bimbo's global sales may increase with people continuing to consume more food at home, said Diana Rosero-Pena, a consumer staples industry analyst with Bloomberg. "Long-term growth opportunities remain encouraging as the baker expands its distribution system in Europe, Asia and Africa and focuses on innovation on popular trends across the packaged foods industry," stated Rosero-Pena.
Keurig Dr Pepper's adjusted profits increased 11.7% during the first six months of 2020, as the company's ability to access consumer data from its Keurig machines helped it prepare for buying shifts during the pandemic, according to CEO Bob Gamgort. The data not only helped the company plan for an increase in at-home coffee consumption but how pantry-loading would affect soda sales, he said.
Danone is embarking on a review of its entire portfolio and restructuring its c-suite to include a macro-regional CEO to lead Danone North America. Third-quarter sales for its Waters unit improved, and sales increased by 3.7% for its Essential Dairy and Plant-based unit, providing "a north star to our ambition to reconnect as soon as possible with our 3 to 5% mid-term profitable growth agenda," said CEO Emmanuel Faber.
Rising costs and lower farm prices are pinching Florida citrus growers and an inability to break even could be behind a smaller harvest this season. Orange volumes are on track to fall 15% this year and grapefruit volumes are expected to decline 7%, according to a USDA forecast issued Friday.
The USDA has proposed dissolving the marketing order for Washington-grown potatoes and will take public comments on the matter until Dec. 14. The order was suspended in 2013 and the State of Washington Potato Committee has determined the industry hasn't been negatively affected.
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