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12/7/2021

Wegmans wants to eliminate all diesel trucks from its fleet as it moves to establish a more sustainable operation and is exploring several ways to reach that goal, including a test of fully electric trucks planned for 2022. Wegmans now has 16 tractors that run on compressed natural gas and another 49 ordered, and a new partnership with Hyliion will focus on developing an electric powertrain that can be recharged by an onboard natural gas generator.

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12/7/2021

H.E. Butt Grocery has debuted a shoppable weekly cooking show on Facebook Live, with last week's event featuring actor and recently transplanted Texan James Van Der Beek and Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros making potato latkes, as well as H-E-B employees highlighting their favorite products. H-E-B's Giovanna Dimperio discusses how the event came about and why the grocer transitioned its virtual cooking classes to the Facebook Live platform.

12/7/2021

Prince William is the latest high-profile guest to be featured on Apple Watch's "Time to Walk" audio series, where the Duke of Cambridge shares personal perspectives on physical and mental wellness. Fitness+ subscribers can access the episode on demand; other installments from the series include episodes with Dolly Parton, Stephen Fry and Jane Fonda.

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12/7/2021

After spending more than $500 million in bonuses and wage hikes this year, Tyson Foods is giving its more than 80,000 hourly meatpacking employees a total of $50 million in year-end bonuses. CEO Donnie King said the company is also responding to employee needs by offering flexible scheduling and on-site health care services at little to no cost.

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12/7/2021

Beiersdorf is reducing the environmental footprint of its Nivea Ecodeo men's deodorants and shaving gels by switching to fully recyclable aluminum cans that feature post-consumer recycled content. The products have also pivoted to a valve system that uses a nitrogen propellant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

12/7/2021

BJ's Wholesale Club has opened its 18th warehouse in Pennsylvania -- in South Fayette Township, just outside Pittsburgh -- marking its first entry into the Pittsburgh market. The company said another location is planned for the Ross Township suburb "in the near future."

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12/7/2021

Although meat prices are higher and discount deals have dwindled, overall meat sales still reflect the robust performance of the pandemic era, according to recent data from IRI shows. IRI's Ann-Marie Roerink discusses future trends and opportunities for grocers to leverage the continuing strength of the category.

12/7/2021

For the second year, the robot delivery fleet from a Save Mart store in Modesto, Calif., has been given a makeover to sport a reindeer motif for the holidays. The autonomous delivery vehicles from Starship Technologies, which first rolled out at Save Mart in September 2020 and helped the store expand its delivery reach to 10,000 households, have also been given reindeer names for the season.

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12/7/2021

Amazon's Alexa Together has launched, offering notification alerts to family members of older adults if help is requested or a fall is detected. The subscription-based service is available on any Alexa-enabled device, and expanded options for multiple caregivers are reportedly in the works.

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12/7/2021

Sales for Colgate-Palmolive's Hill's Pet Nutrition division have grown since 2018 primarily due to its success with e-commerce, with John Faucher, chief investor relations officer, stating, "I consider e-com to be the new mass in premium pet food." Colgate-Palmolive is planning to open a new Hill's plant in Kansas in 2023 while developing an alternative protein for pet food.