Amazon will launch its Amazon Restaurants service in London. Amazon Restaurants lets users order food from the menus of partner restaurants via the Prime Now app for one-hour delivery, reported TechCrunch.
Dannon is looking at ways to reduce the sugar content of its products. The company already reduced sugar in most items to 23 grams per 6 oz. serving, and is attempting to bring levels below the 20 grams recommended by the American Heart Association, reported Reuters.
Coca-Cola Brasil will launch a specialty coffee line under the Leao brand, which the company acquired in 2007. Leao currently produces tea, and will offer arabica coffee under the name Cafe Leao, reported Reuters.
Replacing red meat with alternate proteins can reduce the risk of kidney failure, according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Researchers found people with the most red meat in their diet had a 40% increased risk of kidney disease, but replacing one serving of red meat daily with other proteins reduced the risk by up to 62%, reported HealthDay.
USDA will make more than $8.3 million available to support small businesses in the creation of advanced research and development projects to help American agriculture. The funding is available through the Small Business Innovation Research program.
Starbucks will open up to 500 stores in Thailand over the next four to five years. The company currently operates 262 stores in the country, reported The Nation.
Royal Ahold NV and Delhaize Group will sell 86 U.S. stores as they seek to win antitrust approval for their merger. The companies reached deals with seven companies, including Weis Markets, Supervalu, Albertsons, Big Y and Publix, reported MarketWatch
Placement of foods at supermarkets and buffets has an effect on what people choose, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found placing healthier items in certain positions can cause more people to purchase them, reported Times of India.
Jamba Juice opened a concept store in Pasadena, CA, that features a new design and an updated menu. The store makes use of natural wood, fruit inspired artwork and minimalist furniture, with iPads for quick ordering. The menu features different types of cold-pressed juice and healthy dishes, like quinoa salads, reported Fast Company.
Supermarket bars stretch out the time shoppers spend in a store, according to Stores Consulting Group. Chains are taking advantage of the benefits of giving customers something to drink, including Whole Foods Market having nearly 350 locations that allow customers to carry open beverages in the store. Gelson's is planning to add six more bars to its stores in the next year, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Gold'n Plump added two attributes to its All Natural chicken products: No Antibiotics-Ever and the American Human Certified farm program seal. Twenty-five items featuring both claims are currently available in stores, with plans to gradually extend these attributes to the entire Gold'n Plump line, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Foodservice, manufacturing and retailing are the sectors most likely to be automated in the next decade, according to McKinsey & Co. Foodservice was considered the most likely to be transformed by technology, since 73% of the tasks workers perform could be automated based on currently-existing technologies, reported MarketWatch.
Increased water consumption may be associated with lower weight, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers found people who drank too little water daily had 50% higher odds for obesity compared to those who consumed enough, reported HealthDay.
California avocado growers are harvesting a large crop this year despite issues with weather, market price fluctuations and pests. Production will reach over 390 million-lbs. and could top 400 million-lbs., according to the California Avocado Commission's midseason estimate, reported AgAlert
More acres of corn and soybeans were planted than initially estimated, prompting USDA to boost the fall harvest expectations for both crops. Farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn on 94.1 million acres planted, about a half-million acres more than first projected. The soybean harvest is estimated at 3.9 billion bushels on a record 83.7 million acres planted.
Winter wheat production was forecast at about 1.6 billion bushels, an 8% increase from the June 1 forecast and up 19% from the 2015 total, according to USDA. Based on current conditions, the U.S. yield forecast is at a record high of 53.9 bushels per acre.
Denny's unveiled a new pancake recipe that replaces the just-add-water powdered mix with fresh buttermilk and eggs. It took the chain three years to revamp the recipe, and the new ingredients cost $5 million more for franchisees. Breakfast accounts for 24% of Denny's average daily sales, reported USA Today.
Amazon Prime members now make up more than half of the online retailer's customer base, according to a study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The study estimates Prime shoppers spent about $1,200 on average in 2015, compared to about $500 for non-members, reported Fortune.
Whole Foods Market Inc. will sell locally raised beef from Adams Ranch in its Florida stores. The local option will allow for less transportation time than out-of-state options and offer beef at peak freshness, reported Orlando Business Journal.
Grubhub launched a new rating system that will track user feedback on delivery times, food quality and order accuracy in order to help users pick restaurants based on the factors they value most. Restaurant owners will also be able to use the feedback to understand what factors influenced their ratings, reported Chicago Tribune.
Nearly one in 10 dairy farms across England and Wales closed in the last three years, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Despite the closure 1,002 farms during the time period, the number of dairy cows in the UK increased by about 113,000 and milk production by 8%, mainly due to a higher yield per cow, reported BBC.
USDA will fund 821 projects nationwide to boost renewable energy use for businesses and agricultural producers. The program will provide $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants.
Modesto, CA, is now under quarantine due to the presence of Asian citrus psyllid, which can damage commercial citrus groves. A single psyllid was found in a lemon tree, the third for the city, and the quarantine will restrict movement of citrus trees out of the area, reported Modesto Bee.
The 2015 U.S. apple harvest was set at 238 million bushels, 12% lower than the 2014 season, according to the U.S. Apple Association. The total was 1% lower than the five-year average and 2% lower than a preseason estimate, reported The Packer.