Food Retail
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3/21/2019

Target is testing a grab-and-go snack bar concept at multiple locations that features Pizza Hut items, salads and packaged snacks such as beef jerky, and allows customers to pay at a self-serve kiosk. "We are pleased with the guest response so far and are continuing to evaluate the concept," a Target spokesperson said.

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3/21/2019

General Mills' US cereal sales increased 4% during the most recent quarter, with new offerings such as Fruity Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros helping drive growth. Other brands showing positive momentum were Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Larabar, Totino's and Epic Provisions.

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General Mills, Pillsbury, Totino
3/21/2019

Manischewitz has embarked on a branding makeover and a new tagline, "Comfort Food for the Soul." The company will update its website, advertisements and packaging, and plans to roll out new products after Passover.

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3/21/2019

UK supermarket chains Sainsbury's and Asda have promised to cut $1.3 billion in prices and said they will divest some stores in an effort to win approval for Sainsbury's proposed $9.7 billion acquisition of Asda, which is owned by Walmart. The UK Competition and Markets Authority has recommended blocking the deal unless many of the stores are sold.

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Reuters
3/20/2019

Giant Eagle will now allow fuelperks rewards points to be used on a wider range of items, including for grocery discounts. The fuelperks plus program is getting a gradual rollout starting in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland markets.

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3/20/2019

Kroger has reached a deal to sell its Turkey Hill brand, which includes beverages and dairy products, to private equity firm Peak Rock Capital. The sale will not affect employment or product consistency in the short term, said Turkey Hill spokesman David Shoffner.

3/20/2019

Nobody profits when drivers wait in the loading dock of a distribution center for teams to load or unload their trucks. A successful dwell time pilot program could lead to greater efficiencies, more productive driver times and reductions in detention penalties. Long term, however, the benefit to the industry could be decreases in logistics and freight costs, eventually enhancing bottom lines throughout the supply chain. What are some commonsense things carriers and distribution centers can do to better manage the supply chain? Read further.

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fmi.org
3/20/2019

Major disasters disrupt economies far beyond just local damage. The effects can almost always wreak havoc on supply chains, causing disorder and mayhem. What have leading supply chain and disaster response experts, decision-makers and other stakeholders in Florida learned about from their experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017? Their know-how can help your business' preparedness processes and help you recover faster when disaster strikes. Learn more.

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3/20/2019

When the government issued a nationwide consumer advisory on all romaine lettuce just days before the biggest food holiday of the year, the operational impact was massive, and the repercussions continue today. The supply chain is complex when presenting various hypotheses concerning the outbreak of E. coli. FMI developed a plan to help retailers and wholesalers work through issues to prevent this food safety, supply chain and economic crisis from occurring again. Get more info.

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3/20/2019

Retailers face tough decisions every day trying to meet customer expectations, fulfill order demands and deliver revenue. With a volatile market and changing conditions, how can you grow your business with so many key supply chain constraints? Learn about the benefits of advanced planning and scheduling solutions combined with efficient load building and real-time routing.

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