Food & Beverage
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9/20/2018

Amazon is considering a plan to open up to 3,000 of its cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021 in cities around the country, according to a Bloomberg report. Among the questions the company is debating is whether they would be convenience stores or focused more narrowly on grab-and-go dinner items, the report said.

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9/19/2018

Today's teens are digital natives who are just beginning to develop brand loyalties and make the choice to buy groceries or dine out based on factors including price and location, writes Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group. Online ordering and delivery will play a growing role as Gen Z members grow up and take control of their own food spending.

9/19/2018

Gen X is the biggest-spending generation when it comes to restaurant and takeout meals, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. Millennials spend less on restaurant meals than their older counterparts, although a greater share of their total budgets go to out-of-home meals.

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Business Insider
9/19/2018

Walmart has increased its focus on using the health care market as an avenue for growth, including a deal for over-the-counter sales reached last month with insurer Anthem. The retailer is looking at wellness visits as an opportunity to bring customers into the store, according to Oliver Wyman's Sam Glick.

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9/19/2018

Tesco has unveiled a new discount store format called Jack's, which is expected to compete with ALDI and Lidl in the UK. The first two Jack's stores will open this week and the concept is on track to grow to between 10 and 15 locations next year, the retailer said.

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Tesco, Jack, Lidl
9/19/2018

The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.

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USA Today, NBC News, CNN
9/19/2018

Website accessibility lawsuits are on the rise and can prove costly for businesses, including quickserve chains, writes lawyer Brian Cole II. Requirements for making sites accessible for people with auditory or visual disabilities aren't clearly defined, he writes, but businesses can take steps to protect themselves by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

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QSRWeb
9/19/2018

Wegmans is readying its new 120,000-square-foot location in Lancaster, Pa., set to open this weekend. The store will include a Burger Bar restaurant and a made-to-order salad station, as well as grocery delivery via Instacart beginning Sept. 26.

9/19/2018

General Mills saw an uptick in retail sales growth during its most recent quarter for products such as Annie's Mac and Cheese, Epic snack bars, Cascadian Farms frozen items and several cereal brands. "Trix posted more than 60% retail sales growth, behind the relaunch of our classic Trix colors, and marshmallow news helped Lucky Charms post 9% retail sales growth on top of last year's 16% growth rate," said CEO Jeffrey Harmening.

9/19/2018

Your industry peers are attending the Groceryshop event Oct. 28 to 31 in Las Vegas. There are already team members from Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Alex Lee, Boxed, Blue Apron, Festival Foods, Foodtown, Gelson's Markets, Grocery Outlets, Ingles Markets, Lowes Foods, Meijer, Price Chopper, Raley's Supermarkets, SpartanNash, Sprouts, Stop & Shop, Supervalu, Tawa, Thrive Market, Wegmans and more. The FMI education track will focus on the omnichannel operating imperatives. If you are interested in bringing a team of operations, technology or marketing team members to the event, apply online for the Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, which provides you with travel reimbursement and curated meetings for your group. The deadline to apply is this Friday, Sept. 21. Apply here.

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