The USDA has given no timeline for lifting its ban on imported Canadian beef products. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman is carefully examining the safety of beef from Canada, following the discovery a month ago of a BSE-infected cow.
All Farmer Jack stores in Michigan will close at 6 p.m. tomorrow evening and will re-open at 7 a.m. on Friday. While closed, the stores will slash prices and turn their focus toward fresher foods and improved customer service, all in an effort to win back customers from Kroger and Meijer.
Floral retailers are focusing on grocery stores to boost sales based on impulse purchases. Superstores and grocery chains are expanding their floral sections and moving them to visible parts of the stores.
Wild Oats Markets is the first grocer in the U.S. to use "corntainer," packaging that looks plastic but turns into compost when disposed. The grocer is testing the new container in 11 of its Pacific Northwest stores.