Save-A-Lot is boosting the number of national brands on its shelves, remodeling stores to highlight fresh foods and adding locations. All corporate stores and most licensed stores will carry 130 "must have" national brand items in a bid to attract and maintain new customers. The company will also consolidate its private label offerings under the America's Choice banner, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Metcalfe's Market partnered with Pinpoint Software Inc. to prevent food waste caused by expired products on grocery store shelves. Through a new initiative called Stop Waste Together, Metcalfe's customers will have the opportunity to save between 20% and 30% by purchasing specially-marked, soon-to-expire items throughout the store. Metcalfe's is the first grocer to participate in the initiative, reported Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Perdue Farms Inc. eliminated the routine use of antibiotics in its chicken supply. The company also raised its percentage of chickens raised with no antibiotics ever to 95%, reported Fortune.
Mars will combine its chocolate business with its Wrigley candy subsidiary and establish a new headquarters for the combined division in Chicago. The merger was made possible after Mars acquired Berkshire Hathaway's stake in the company, reported Chicago Tribune.
Sales of soybean oil are rapidly expanding in India due to lower prices caused by a global glut. India's imports of soybean oil quadrupled over the past five years to more than 4 million metric tons, and are expected to rise as much as 40% over the next 10 years, according to USDA. However, the rise in India's imports is not large enough to lift global soybean oil prices, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Eating spinach may boost performance during physical activity, particularly at high altitudes with low oxygen conditions, according to a study in Frontiers in Physiology. Researchers found that the nitrate content in spinach and similar green vegetables could improve muscle's ability to continue taking in nitrate during intense workouts, helping muscle fibers sustain the needed energy, reported NDTV.
The U.S. is working on an agreement with multiple nations to prohibit unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean. The agreement would prevent fishing in the region until scientists determine sustainable levels, and would be larger than the current non-binding agreement that includes Norway, Denmark, Russia and Canada, reported Yakima Herald-Republic.
A bloom of toxic algae closed a third of Maine's coastline to shellfish harvesting. The state banned harvesting mussels, clams, oysters and carnivorous snails after mussels and clams showed domoic acid levels of up to 100 parts per million, five times the level considered safe for human consumption, reported Press Herald
McDonald's Corp. plans to buy all of its coffee from sustainable sources by 2020. The company is partnering with Conservation International, which is working to improve the conservation of soil and water, and to ensure that farmers are paid appropriately, reported Crain's Chicago Business.
Papa John's removed 14 unwanted ingredients from its menu offerings. The pizza chain eliminated four artificial colors, four flavor enhancers, two sweeteners, two preservatives, the artificial flavor vanillin and the thickener maltodextrin, reported Meat + Poultry.
Robots are reshaping the work done by people in foodservice rather than replacing them, according to a study by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and DePaul University. Researchers found that improvements in technology and minimum wage hikes between 2000 and 2008 caused little immediate worker displacement. The number of workers per restaurant was slightly higher in 2015 than in 2001, according to National Restaurant Association data, reported Reuters.
McDonald's Corp is nearing a deal to sell 20-year franchise rights for its Singapore and Malaysia outlets to Saudi Arabia's Reza Food Services Co. Ltd., in a transaction valued at up to $400 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, which includes approximately 120 restaurants in Singapore and about 260 in Malaysia, is expected to be completed by the end of the year, reported Globe and Mail.
Cargill is profiting from an increase in North America's cattle supply and a renewed consumer demand for beef, according to company officials. The company is benefiting from extremely low corn prices that made feeding and raising animals cheaper, which contributed to the oversupply of cattle, pork and poultry, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Canada-based Clover Leaf launched a website allowing Canadian consumers to see where fish comes from by using a code on its cans. Consumers will be provided information about the species of fish in the can, the ocean in which it was caught and when, the fishing method used, the name of the boat that caught it and what flag it flies, and the location and methods of the processing plant where it was canned, reported Globe and Mail.
There is very little nutritional difference between wild blueberries and farm-raised varieties, according to researchers at Rutgers University. Both varieties are low in calories and high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K, reported Miami Herald.
Pork is leading the pack in meat deflation amid a supply glut that looks set to continue. Wholesale prices for hams, pork bellies, ribs and loins hit the lowest level in seven years, and slaughterhouses will need to add shifts and operate on Saturdays in November and December to process the abundance of meat, according to Rabobank, reported Bloomberg.
McDonald's is expanding its future Chicago headquarters, where it plans to occupy almost 500,000-sq. ft. With the expansion, McDonald's is expected occupy all of the office space in the nine-story building, as well as some ground-floor retail. The new facility will include McDonald's corporate and U.S. headquarters as well as its Hamburger University training center, reported Crain's Chicago Business.
Bai Brands LLC, a maker of low-calorie drinks with antioxidants, is exploring a sale, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal could be valued at more than $2 billion including debt. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. owns a minority stake in Bai, but previously noted that acquiring the entire company would be too expensive, reported Reuters.
Eating an extra half teaspoon of salt daily can increase the odds of dying early by 12%, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers followed participants over 24 years, finding that those who consumed less than 1 teaspoon daily had a 25% lower risk of dying than those who consumed almost 1.5 teaspoons daily, reported HealthDay.
Red Robin closed nine of its 12 Red Robin Burger Works fast-casual model restaurants. The three remaining locations, two in Denver and one in Oregon, will remain open under the name Red Robin Express. The chain will continue to explore smaller units that meet the growing demand for carry out and delivery, reported Crain's Chicago Business.
Costco will open seven locations in fiscal 2017 in Canada. The company has annual sales of close to $21 billion at 91 stores across the country, reported Montreal Gazette.
About 80% of Millennials will become parents in the next decade, and they are projected to spend $200 billion annually starting in 2017, according to studies by Crowdtap and Exponential. Traditional fast food chains are losing market share to trendier establishments like Panera Bread and Starbucks as Millennial customers search for healthier options. Companies like Target, Walmart, and Kroger are making changes to appeal to Millennial moms, who tend to do most of the shopping for their households, reported Business Insider.
Blue Bottle will sell pre-weighed and pre-ground coffee beans called Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground. The line is an effort to stop coffee from going stale by using methods that include grinding every bean identically and completing the entire process from grind to packaging in an oxygen-free environment, reported Fortune.
London-based sellers of Japanese food are struggling to adjust to the shift in exchange rates due to the Brexit. Japanese food businesses are also unsure what the British regulations on imported food will look like once it exits the EU. This could have implications for manufacturers and importers of Japanese food, because major food brands have invested in developing products tailor-made to comply with current EU requirements, reported The Japan Times.
Older consumers may not be getting sufficient protein intake, according to a study by Bournemouth University. Some older consumers have a difficult time digesting animal proteins, and alternatives such as plant-based proteins could appeal to the demographic, reported Food Dive.
The number of turkeys raised during 2016 in the U.S. is forecast at 243 million, up 4% from the year-ago period, according to USDA. Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri and Virginia combined to account for nearly two-thirds of the turkeys produced in the country during 2016.
China gave approval to at least two companies to begin exporting corn, according to people familiar with the matter. The move would allow Cofco and Beidahuang to sell approximately 2 million metric tons of grain abroad, and the U.S. Trade Representative believes the exports could negatively impact corn prices in the U.S., reported Reuters.