Amazon has yet to disclose details on its plans for a new grocery concept set to launch in Los Angeles next year, which has industry watchers speculating. Some guess the spaces will double as fulfillment centers with robots quickly picking and packing orders while others guess the format could be more like no-frills, low-priced German grocery chain Lidl.
H.E. Butt Grocery was named America's most-trusted grocery retailer in a market study by Winsight Grocery Business, followed by Kroger, Publix and ShopRite. Walmart was the nation's most widely shopped food retailer, and ALDI has risen up the ranks to be the second-most shopped.
Activists held a "lunch in" Thursday outside of the USDA, protesting a proposed change to federal benefits that could kick thousands of students off the free and reduced-price meal rolls. Some members of the coalition forming to oppose the change say they are hoping their actions motivate lawmakers to block its implementation.
Procter & Gamble's startup unit P&G Ventures has collaborated with brand incubator M13 to create Kindra, a line of estrogen-free products intended to ease the symptoms of menopause. The direct-to-consumer brand includes three supplements and a lotion available exclusively at the brand's website.
Bolthouse Farms is resuming its focus on innovation with CEO Jeff Dunn who was the CEO prior to Campbell's acquisition of the brand in 2012. Bolthouse plans to debut 25 products in 2020, including wellness shots and ready-to-drink, keto-friendly beverages, says Dunn.
Aurora Organic Dairy has committed to expanding its sustainability initiatives by using 100% renewable energy by the end of next year. The company is also promising to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2025, according to a statement.
Global fruit and vegetable brand Dole Foods has teamed with Future Group to start selling its products in India by the end of the year. The deal will help provide a year-round supply of fresh produce to consumers in India, Future owner Kishore Biyani said.
Residents in economically depressed parts of West Virginia and Michigan are learning beekeeping skills to earn money and revive the ranks of the pollinators. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective has trained 80 people in West Virginia coal towns and a nonprofit called Detroit Hives has helped Detroit residents set up apiaries on nine vacant city lots.
A treasure-hunting dive team has recovered liqueur and Cognac, 65 cases total, from a ship that was sunk more than a hundred years ago. The Swedish steamer SS Kyros was between Finland and Sweden but outside of national borders when UC58, a submarine from Germany, sank it.
Italy's tiny Gavi Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita wine appellation -- in the Piedmont hills some 40 miles from the Ligurian Coast -- specializes in the production of still and sparkling white wines from the cortese grape. These crisp wines with notes of floral and citrus are enjoyable alone or paired with many foods, and among the region's finest examples are the Broglia 2017 Bruno Broglia and the Castello di Tassarolo 2018 Il Castello, writes Kerin O'Keefe.
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