Sales of the cleaner-label sector of the meat counter, including natural and antibiotic-free, has grown while conventional meats have become stagnant, according to market analyst Anne-Marie Roerink. Millennial shoppers are interested in these products but may need more outreach to learn what's available, she said.
After what it considers a successful test, Dollar General will add produce to about 400 more stores. Adding fresh produce to stores both increased the cart size and attracted new customers, the company said.
With subscriber retention proving to be a challenge, meal kit maker Blue Apron will start offering kits in stores by the end of the year, though no retail partner has been identified. CEO Brad Dickerson believes the company can attract more customers by selling its kits both in stores and on its website.
Ben & Jerry's will bring its new Gimme S'more variety to store shelves this month. The limited-edition flavor differs from the brand's existing S'mores option by using a marshmallow ice cream base instead of chocolate.
Southeastern Grocers will restructure its debt and close 94 under-performing stores. The company says the debt savings of $500 million will let it continue to operate nearly 600 stores.
Snack brand Kind is introducing Kind Kids, a range of chewy granola bars aimed specifically at children. The company is also rolling out Kind Protein bars, Dark Chocolate Pressed bars and several new flavors for its established product lines.
Australian startups including Food Rescue and Kooda are working to reduce the amount of food that ends up in landfills. Food Rescue collects unused food from Perth restaurants and distributes it to charities while Kooda gathers inedible scraps for composting.
In order to find space for an urban farm to grow produce for his Los Angeles restaurant, Kali, chef Kevin Meehan knocked on doors to solicit space in neighbors' front yards. He grows and collects kale, arugula and herbs in nearby yards for use at the restaurant.
Upwards of 90 apple growers flew to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers and their staffers for the US Apple Association's Congressional Fly-In. The hottest topic on the agenda was a labor shortage that's costing growers billions and keeping them from expanding their crops, the association said.
Satsuki Fujisawa, a member of the Japanese Olympic curling team, accidentally insulted strawberry growers in her home country when she praised berries grown in Korea during a press conference. It's a touchy subject for growers in Japan who say the Korean varieties are grown from Japanese seeds.
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