Food Lion's newest Virginia store, with perks that include a self-service hot wing bar, grab-and-go meals and more local produce, meat and seafood offerings, is now open in the Richmond suburb of Quinton. It's the third location in Quinton, featuring such built-in sustainability features as LED overhead lighting and frozen food cases with motion sensors for dimming lights.
Incisiv's third annual Digital Benchmark Study, which examines the omnichannel capabilities of 117 companies and tracks their digital growth, lists 10 US grocers among its 13 global e-commerce "Leaders." The top companies identified by the survey were BJ's Wholesale Club, Costco, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, Kroger, Giant Co., Publix, Target, Walmart and Wegmans, all of which "have a strong foundation of table-stakes capabilities along with leadership in the adoption of differentiating capabilities," the report said.
Walmart and Target, which both added education benefits for workers this past summer, are continuing their support of racial equity initiatives. Target has invested more than $5 million in 2021 in nonprofit groups addressing social justice issues around the Twin Cities, while Walmart said Morehouse College, Spelman College and North Carolina A&T State University have joined its Live Better U employee education effort, adding that it also has donated $3 million in grants to improve access to education for Black students.
School nutrition professionals across the US report canceled or delayed food deliveries, workforce shortages and other challenges to providing meals to students. Diane Pratt-Heavner, director of media relations for the School Nutrition Association, said the supply chain and staffing issues are being experienced in school districts of all sizes.
Discount grocers ALDI and Lidl will both roll out their Advent calendars on Nov. 3, highlighting deals on wine, beer, chocolate and cheese collections, among other features. Lidl says this year's calendar selection is its largest ever, while ALDI plans to build on the Advent calendar tradition it started in 2018.
Online grocery sales accelerated by the pandemic will continue their upward trend, with a survey from Mercatus/Incisiv predicting that e-commerce will make up 20% of grocery retail sales within five years. The eGrocery Transformed: 2021 Market Projections and Insight report also predicts strong growth for delivery and in-store pickup and noted that even as shoppers head back to their local stores, "ingrained behavior and added convenience of online grocery will ensure omnichannel sales continue to grow at a stable pace."
A new initiative from the Network of Executive Women is designed to leverage alliances between female leaders and men who want to help support their efforts to advance workplace equity, NEW's Karen Jones writes. Jones notes that the group's allyship program can "create changes in policy and culture that have vast ripple effects on the lives of working women."
Hy-Vee and Walmart have started offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine boosters after approvals from the CDC and FDA. The free shots follow those authorized for the Pfizer/BioNTech booster in September, and Hy-Vee is giving away $10 store gift cards to people who complete their vaccinations or get a booster by Nov. 1.
School nutrition professionals in Washington state's Washougal School District have adjusted school menus to provide restaurant-style meals -- such as ranch chicken burgers, pork verde, biscuits and gravy, homemade waffles and breakfast sandwiches -- that are healthier and some students say even taste better, says Angela Hancock, school board director. The district distributed a monthly record of nearly 25,000 scratch-made meals to students in September.
Official investigative reports from federal and state agencies could offer a valuable level of insight into boosting food safety for fruit growers, writes Trevor Suslow. "These findings raise broad and important context for what actions must be taken and which should be taken," said Suslow.
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