Food Retail
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12/7/2016

Target will open a flexible-format store in a former Ralphs grocery in Orange County, Calif. The smaller stores are designed to cater to shoppers seeking a quick trip for a few items and will include grocery items and grab-and-go foods, said spokeswoman Kristy Welker.

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12/7/2016

Yael Cosset will be the Kroger Co.'s new chief digital officer, succeeding Kevin Dougherty, who is credited with the creation of the retailer's growing ClickList grocery pickup program. Cosset most recently served as an executive with the 84.51° and dunnhumby.

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Kroger Co., dunnhumby
12/7/2016

Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding its omnichannel capabilities with its Amazon partnership, which allows customers to order online from nine stores, Sprouts executive Brad Lukow told investors. Both Sprouts and Amazon are exploring ways to build on the partnership, even as Amazon tests its own store designs, Lukow said.

12/7/2016

Healthy Home Market will open a 36,000-square-foot Farm 2 Family Foods store in Lenoir, N.C., replacing a JustSave Foods location. Farm 2 Family will feature the same organic and better-for-you products that are in Healthy Home Market stores, along with a larger selection of mainstream staples.

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Progressive Grocer
12/7/2016

Stores should stress health and convenience to invigorate frozen food sales, writes Jim Dudlicek. Retailers can also emphasize frozen items with "clean" ingredient lists, highlight variety and create more attractive point-of-sale marketing.

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Jim Dudlicek
12/7/2016

Labels will become even more transparent in 2017 as consumers increasingly seek more complete information about the origins of their food, said Angela Fernandez, vice president of retail grocery and foodservice for GS1 US. The SmartLabels initiative, co-created by FMI, is expected to expand from the center of the store to the produce aisle, she said.

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Angela Fernandez, FMI, GS1
12/7/2016

Researchers at the USDA's Eastern Regional Research Center found that cold plasma treatments are able to kill 99.9% of norovirus and eliminate salmonella and E. coli on blueberries without harming the fruit. The treatment has also been shown to lengthen shelf life and is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Food Safety News
12/7/2016

Haitian farmers are getting an influx of tools and seeds from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to help recover after Hurricane Matthew, which decimated 90% of the area's harvest. The organization hopes to help about 125,250 people mitigate losses to the next planting season and ease hunger in the regions most effected by the storm.

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Reuters
12/7/2016

Leaders should pay close attention to the insights and behaviors of their "super-consumers," who generally comprise 10% of all customers but account for as much as 30% to 70% of sales. Eddie Yoon of the Cambridge Group and author of a new book "Super-Consumers" says the most important role of super-consumers is to force companies to focus on their core business above all other things.

12/7/2016

British importers of high-end foods and wine are feeling the brunt of the Brexit vote, dealing with more expensive imports thanks to the decline in the pound's value. As Britain figures out its trade relations with the EU, import company owners are also worried about what will happen to rules around labeling and food safety and traceability.