The Kroger Technology & Digital Innovation Lab, a partnership between the retailer and Northern Kentucky University, will officially open today, store officials said. The lab, which is designed to drive digital innovation and also includes scholarships for students, is the latest in a series of Kroger's initiatives with colleges in and around its hometown, Cincinnati, aimed at boosting the store's digital and technological capabilities.
Whole Foods Market is revamping the look of its 365 private label brand, with changes that include using a black background instead of the current multicolor label and changing the tagline to say simply: "Whole Foods Market." The changes were reported by the IGD research firm at one of Whole Foods' stores in New York City and the updates, which are expected to start rolling out in other areas soon, would be the brand's first in several years.
UK supermarket chain ASDA is adding refill stations at one of its stores, where customers can use their own containers to buy rice, pasta, cereal and tea. The trial period will begin in May and last for a minimum of three months.
Coca-Cola's Powerade brand is adding two zero-calorie lines: Powerade Ultra with 50% more electrolytes than the original launching Jan. 20 and Powerade Power Water set to debut Feb. 10. The brand is also redesigning the bottle and label for all Powerade products.
Clorox will open a manufacturing plant in Berkeley County, W.Va., that will produce Fresh Step and Scoop Away cat litter. The site will be the company's third in the state and will employ 100 people.
Ensure a safer trip from oven to stove or stove to trivet with a professional-style oven mitt, such as the easy-clean, easy-grip Homwe silicone model, which is long enough to cover the forearm and has a quilted cotton lining for comfort. Cooks dealing with super-high heat or grills may prefer the heavy-duty Grill Armor oven glove that offers protection for up to 932 degrees, insulation that can't melt or catch on fire, and silicone grips on every finger.
A basic black-and-white digital slow cooker is made all the more friendly with phrases and artwork reminiscent of the popular TV show "Friends." The slow cooker offers a range of settings and a tempered glass lid for its a removable stoneware insert.
News that H.E. Butt Grocery ranked first among US grocery chains was this week's most-clicked food-and-beverage story. The launch of Cheetos popcorn in two flavors and Kraft's new corn-fiber chocolate sweetener also grabbed SmartBrief readers' attention this week.
An E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, which started in late September, has been declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA. The outbreak, tied to lettuce that came from Salinas, Calif., caused no deaths but it did infect 167 people in 27 states.
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