Food Retail
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12/9/2019

Apeel Sciences has teamed with produce supplier Nature's Pride to sell Apeel avocados in grocery stores in Germany and Denmark. Apeel's plant-based coating is applied to fruit to slow spoilage, extend shelf life and reduce food waste.

12/9/2019

New Jersey-based Tailor Cut has issued a recall on several cut fruit products on concerns about salmonella contamination. The products, which have been distributed to several foodservice channels in four states, have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 31 people in Pennsylvania.

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12/9/2019

Farmers and lawmakers in Michigan are urging the government to impose an almost 650% tariff increase on dried tart cherry imports from Turkey. Michigan farmers produce about 70% of the US supply of tart cherries, but Turkish growers benefit from government subsidies that give them an unfair advantage, US growers say.

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12/6/2019

H.E. Butt Grocery is planning to invest around $200 million to open three new stores in Austin, Texas, and remodel an existing location in the area. With the remodel, the grocer hopes to turn the store into a community gathering place that features a food hall, tree-lined sidewalks and the retailer's first beer garden.

12/6/2019

Year-end one-on-ones are a time to reflect, appreciate and look ahead, and leaders need a specific template for that type of conversation, writes Know Your Team CEO Claire Lew. She offers a four-part guide for leaders to focus on progress rather than judgment.

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12/6/2019

Moringa and mung bean show promise in the mainstream sector as new sources of plant protein, but sourcing difficulties remain, says Udi Lazimy, global sourcing and sustainability director for plant-based egg-maker Just. Algae and potato protein could also revolutionize the food and beverage industry but likewise have their own problems of texture, color and supply, according to other industry experts.

12/6/2019

Kroger has announced that it will divest its stake in Lucky's Market three years after investing in the company. In that time, Lucky's Market has grown to 35 locations in 11 states and started selling Kroger private label items in its stores.

12/6/2019

Meijer will open its second small-format store in a mixed-use center in Royal Oak, Mich., next month. The 41,000-square-foot location will boast around 2,000 local and artisan products, a Great Lakes Coffee shop and a wide-ranging international food aisle.

12/6/2019

Independent grocer Alfalfa's Local Market launched an incubator last fall, Alfa Brands Co-Working Space, to support Colorado businesses. The retailer stocks more than 4,000 local products in its two Colorado stores.

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Progressive Grocer
12/6/2019

Romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli has sickened 102 people across 23 states as of Dec. 4, according to the CDC. An investigation into the source of contamination is underway, and the CDC advises retailers to refrain from selling any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, Calif., region.