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4/18/2018

Whole Foods Market will shut down its rewards program and online accounts on May 2 and roll the benefits into the Amazon Prime program, the company told participants in an email. The company also hinted at forthcoming grocery promotions for Prime members.

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4/18/2018

Target is bringing curbside delivery to stores in Texas and Florida, a service already available near its Minneapolis headquarters and in six mostly Southern states. All store inventory items will be available for curbside pickup about two hours after being ordered.

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4/18/2018

Grocers saw their produce, meat and prepared foods departments becoming clear difference-makers between them and their competition, according to survey results from Progressive Grocer. Produce was considered the top sales generator in the survey, followed by private label goods and meat departments.

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4/18/2018

Some 58% of US consumers name taste as the most important factor in their bread purchases, outranking price, flavor, shelf life and ingredients in a recent study by Comax Flavors. In the sliced bread category, however, price was the top driver of bread purchases, the study noted.

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4/18/2018

With the return of Nokia-branded handsets last year from HMD Global, interest in classic devices has been renewed. Nokia makes the devices more appealing by offering some of today's technology, such as Google Assistant capabilities.

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4/18/2018

Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet has teamed with venture capitalist Nick Brown to launch a firm that will invest in early stage direct-to-consumer e-commerce ventures. Imaginary Ventures will focus on startups in niches including fashion, beauty, food and beverage.

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4/18/2018

Campbell Soup tops RepTrak's 2018 list of the 100 most-reputable companies in America, based on a poll of about 52,000 people during the first two months of this year. Other CPG firms that made the top 15 include Kellogg, Hershey, Smucker and General Mills.

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4/18/2018

Best Buy and Amazon will deepen their partnership with the launch of a line of smart televisions that incorporates Alexa voice assistant features and Amazon's Fire TV. Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for the new TVs at its stores in the US and Canada and online.

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4/18/2018

Toys R Us has turned down an $890 million bid by MGA Entertainment founder Isaac Larian for 274 US stores and the retailer's Canadian operations, sources said. The bid wasn't high enough to meet the minimum threshold for a bankruptcy court auction set to take place Wednesday.

4/18/2018

Whether in the bakery, at the meat counter or in the produce department, supermarket employees are on the front line of food safety and need engaging, consistent training that mirrors real-life situations to learn and apply important food safety principles. Learn how FMI can help your operation sort through the necessary retail food safety training and compliance.

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