Seafood sales jumped 28.4% last year, as shoppers looked for healthier options during the ongoing pandemic, according to FMI's 2021 Power of Seafood Report. "The analysis suggests an urgency for food retailers to expand their seafood programs to help sustain consumer awareness of this protein that has emerged in popularity as a result of the pandemic," FMI's Rick Stein said.
Natural Grocers is giving customers at all 160 of its stores the chance to donate $1, $5 or $10 to help fight hunger after the winter storms in Texas. The program, running through March 14, will complement the grocer's celebration of Texas Independence Day at its 25 Texas stores March 2 to 4, which will include Texas-themed giveaways and prizes.
Antelope Valley Union High School District in California recently approved a contract with a local vendor to supply fresh produce for school meals. Under the contract, Antelope Valley Produce Co. will supply 54 types of fruits and vegetables, such as apples, avocados, carrots, cilantro, lettuce and pears.
Stories about how consumer packaged goods manufacturers such as Nestle, Kraft Heinz and Kellogg are innovating and developing business growth strategies ranked high with SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week. The launch of Skittles Gummies in Walmart locations and Trader Joe's analysis of frozen food's success during the pandemic also made the Top 10.
SpartanNash's September "Family Meals at Home" omnichannel campaign has been named a 2020 Gold Plate Awards recipient in the 50-199 store category by the FMI Foundation, honoring its contribution to FMI's Family Meals Month effort. "The Gold Plate Awards highlight the outstanding work the food industry is doing as part of the Family Meals Movement," said David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation.
Meijer will host its second Supplier Diversity Summit in May to give diverse-owned businesses an opportunity to pitch their products directly to buyers. The virtual event, which follows a similar event held in November, will focus on products in the beauty, wellness, general merchandise and grocery categories.
Schnucks has teamed with Inmar Intelligence to become the first food retailer to roll out technology for preventing digital coupon fraud. The point-of-sale system, CNFRM, works at the register in real time to detect counterfeit coupons, which can cost retailers and CPG brands up to $100 million each year, according to Inmar.
The USDA has chosen Laurel Elementary School in Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools as a Farmers to Families Food Box program site -- part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Families recently came to pick up their 30-pound box, each of which typically includes produce, dairy products, cooked meat and milk.
Vitamin C, which is important for supporting immune health, can be found in broccoli, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, spinach and kale, besides citrus fruits, said registered dietitian Rebecca Reed. Reed added that many people don't get enough vitamin D, another vitamin that supports immune health, through sunshine or through low-fat dairy products and that a year-round supplement can be a good idea for many people.
Premium ice cream retailer Salt & Straw has expanded beyond the West Coast with the opening last week of the first of two planned Miami scoop shops. The 10-year-old company, which has backing from Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, has also grown its local delivery and national shipping during the pandemic.
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