The Kroger Co. opened its first Kroger-branded convenience store in College Station, TX. The location will feature items such as milk and bread at grocery store prices, as well as 50 flavors of soft drinks and nine different types of coffee. The company will expand the concept outside Texas in the future, reported KAGS.
The Hershey Co.'s board unanimously rejected a takeover bid from Mondelez International. Mondelez offered $107 per share for Hershey, making the bid worth $23 billion, reported Fortune
Resistant starch can improve gut bacteria in people with metabolic syndrome, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Researchers found adding flour with resistant starch to patients' diets helped lower bad cholesterol and decrease inflammation associated with obesity by altering the makeup of gut bacteria, reported Science Daily.
Corn planted area for all purposes is estimated at 94.1 million acres in 2016, up 7% from 2015, according to USDA. Soybean planted area was estimated at a record high of 83.7 million acres, up 1% from the year before.
Triple-digit heat harmed the Southern California avocado crop the week of July 18, burning trees, shriveling leaves and causing fruit to drop. As of June 25, packinghouses were paying $1.56 a pound for size 48 avocados, up from $1.18 in May, reported Los Angeles Times
Orange juice sales at major U.S. retailers fell 4.8% in the four-week period ending June 11 compared to a similar period last year, according to the Florida Department of Citrus. The decline came despite the fact the average retail price for all 100% OJ products declined 1% over that period, reported The Ledger.
Some Coca-Cola Co. products will be temporarily unavailable in Vermont due to the state's GMO labeling law. The company's most popular beverages will remain stocked, but some lower volume brands will be temporarily unavailable to avoid making multiple labeling changes, reported Reuters.
Shipments of table-top mayonnaise for commercial use rose 3% in the year ending April 30, according to NPD Group. Ketchup shipments grew 4.3% during the same period, while mustard shipments grew 1.4%, reported New York Post.
Kellogg Co. will open a cereal cafe in New York City. The store will combine cereals like Special K and Frosted Flakes with ingredients like pistachios and lemon zest, reported Chicago Tribune.
Consumers who see online menus with caloric content order meals with fewer calories, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pennsylvania. Participants who used a lunch-ordering system with exact calorie counts or "traffic light" coding ordered dishes with 10% fewer calories than those who did not have access to that information, reported NPR.
U.S. poultry certified wholesome during May totaled about 4 billion-lbs., up 8% from May 2015, according to USDA. The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during May was about 5.1 billion-lbs., also up 8% from the year-ago period.
A Mexican federal judged banned the entry of fresh potatoes from the U.S. on the grounds that they may contain pests. The judge held that measures taken by Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture could not guarantee the prevention of the spread of 63 quarantine pests, reported Reuters.
A weaker pound could benefit British supermarkets, provided they are able to pass higher food prices on to customers, according to analysts. It could also help UK-based online grocer Ocado secure an overseas licensing deal due to making its services cheaper for international customers, reported Reuters.
Brazil's coffee market shifted due to dry weather from El Nino, which cut the robusta harvest by a quarter. At the same time, rains in arabica areas created ideal conditions and more supply than expected. The most common strain of robusta is 3.2% more expensive on average in 2016 than arabica, reported Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
Eating a healthy diet may reduce chances of physical disability later in life for women, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found a lower risk of disability was most strongly linked with eating oranges, orange juice, apples, pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts, reported HealthDay.
Starbucks Corp. will open 900 locations in its China and Asia Pacific unit in 2016. The primary focus will be on India, where roasting capacity will be expanded. India is poised to become one of Starbucks' five largest markets in the long term, reported Bloomberg.
Starbucks will sell single-origin coffee from India in the U.S. through its Starbucks' Reserve Roastery in Seattle, WA. The initial batch will be limited, but Starbucks will offer additional reserve coffees from India in the future, reported Reuters
PepsiCo will bring the aspartame-sweetened version of Diet Pepsi back to U.S. stores in September, while continuing to sell the sucralose-sweetened version. PepsiCo will also rebrand Pepsi Max as Pepsi Zero Sugar in the U.S., reported MarketWatch
Perdue Farms will overhaul its animal welfare practices. Initiatives include installing windows to give chickens access to sunlight, giving birds more space in barns and connecting animal care to pay and incentives for farmers, reported Modesto Bee
A diet high in fiber and vitamin A may help alleviate food allergies, according to a study in Cell Reports. Researchers fed mice with peanut allergies a special high-fiber diet, which altered their gut bacteria and reduced the severity of allergic reactions to peanuts, reports Science World Report
U.S. garlic producers reported a more normal crop in 2016 following a 30% to 40% decrease in production in 2015. Tariffs on Chinese garlic are making prices almost as high as for domestic garlic, reported The Produce News