Red Lobster is focusing on adding units in China and Asia as U.S. sales slow. Red Lobster opened 21 locations overseas since 2014, and plans to have 50 locations in foreign countries other than Canada by 2017, reported Bloomberg.
Quick trips for items needed immediately account for two-thirds of grocery visits and one-third of expenditures, according to IRI's The Omnichannel Journey: Translating Big Data into a Prescription for Growth. Consumers are spreading their money across more channels and formats while making these smaller trips, making it important for retailers to engage consumers where, when and how it matters to them, reported Grocery Headquarters.
Meal-kit delivery service Home Chef received a $40 million cash infusion through an investment led by L Catterton Partners. The company, which delivers more than 1.5 million meals a month to customers across the country, plans to use the proceeds to add new employees and invest in its facilities, equipment, production and order fulfillment, reported Crain's Chicago Business
Pesticide messages on produce may cause some low-income consumers to purchase fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a study in Nutrition Today. Researchers surveyed 510 low-income shoppers, finding that 15% of them were less likely to purchase any fruit or vegetable after being provided a statement specifying the "12 fresh fruits and vegetables believed to have the highest pesticide levels," reported The Packer.
California is moving to ban farmers from spraying pesticides in the air near schools and day care centers under a proposed rule. Crop dusters flying over fields, air-blasters spraying orchards and fumigants that risk blowing onto campuses will no longer be allowed within a quarter mile of those facilities. The law carries fines of up to $5,000, reported Modesto Bee.
USDA released $26.8 million in grants for farmers market and local food promotion programs. The grants, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service, are intended to increase access to fresh, healthy food for consumers, and connect rural and urban communities across the country.
California rice farmers are harvesting a bigger crop this season, but are being hurt by lower market prices. The prices allow marketers to sell more rice and win back price-sensitive markets that had largely turned away from California rice, as harvested acreage is estimated at 559,000, up 33% from last year, according to USDA, reported AgAlert.com.
Agricultural producers received higher prices for milk, calves and peaches in August than in July, according to USDA. Producers encountered lower prices for broiler chickens, hogs, corn and cattle.
Google Express will expand across all of New York City and New York State. The service's initial partners include Costco and Whole Foods Market, but it will not deliver perishable items. The expansion is part of planned growth across the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, reported New York Post.
Walmart is in talks to buy a stake in India-based online retailer Flipkart, according to people familiar with the matter. Walmart may invest as much as $750 million to $1 billion in the company. The chain owns 21 wholesale stores in India, but is discouraged from setting up brick-and-mortar stores due to laws that limit foreign ownership of multi-brand retailers, reported Reuters.
Sprouts Farmers Market will open eight locations in first quarter 2017, including its first store in Florida. In total, Sprouts expects to open 36 stores next year. Florida, the Carolinas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas will each be a "midterm expansion market," reported Phoenix Business Journal.
Texas ' average grocery prices fell for a fourth consecutive quarter, according to the Texas Farm Bureau's Grocery Price Watch survey. The overall price for 16 staple grocery items in Texas was $45.78, down 3.6% from one year ago. Sliced turkey registered the largest percentage cost drop, down approximately 10% per pound to $4.47, reported Houston Chronicle.
Campbell's Soup Co. employees received an investment to start The Soulfull Project, a company within the parent company. The Soulfull Project is a public benefit operation with its own product lineup of non-GMO cereal cups in four varieties, reported Philadelphia Business Journal.
Cinnamon consumption can improve overall health by reducing body temperature, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Researchers fed cinnamon to pigs, finding it reduced body temperature by up to two degrees. It also cut the amount of carbon dioxide released in the stomach when eating, reported Medical Daily.
San Francisco Bay Area residents will vote on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. In 2014, a similar proposal failed to get enough votes for a "dedicated" tax, so, backers are trying for a "general" tax, which requires a simple majority and doesn't stipulate how the revenue is spent, reported CBS News.
7-Eleven Inc. will open nine new-format stores in central Oklahoma that feature full kitchens. The chain anticipates embracing a made-to-order format in the near future, reported The Shelby Report.
Fifty-five percent of online shoppers check Amazon first when searching for a product, an 11% increase over 2015, according to a survey by BloomReach Inc. Search engines are in second place at 28%, a 6% decrease from 2015. Specific retailers are now the first choice of 16% of online shoppers, down from 21% last year, reported Fortune
Brazil hopes to capture 10% of the global food market within five years by catering to the rapidly growing Asian middle class, according to the country's agriculture minister. The country will focus on increasing sales of beef, pork, chicken, fish and dairy. Brazil currently accounts for 6.9% of the global food market, reported Reuters.
California raisin growers are expected to harvest approximately 270,000 tons this year, down 20% from the 2015 harvest, according to the Raisin Administrative Committee. The decreased harvest was attributed to a smaller crop and lowered acreage, reported Fresno Bee.
OpenTable is rolling out a pilot feature in Baltimore that allows restaurants to offer meal specials to diners who make reservations through the mobile app or online. Forty-five restaurants are already taking advantage of the feature, reported Baltimore Business Journal.
The percentage of U.S. households that pay for an Amazon Prime membership but not a membership at Costco or Sam's Club more than doubled over the past four years, from 7.1% in 2013 to 16.2% in 2016, according to Cowen & Co. In the same time span, households that only use either Costco or Sam's Club dropped noticeably. However, households that pay for both Prime and Costco memberships jumped from 4.8% to 11.3%, while the same trend is seen among households subscribing to both Prime and Sam's Club, reported Business Insider.
Amazon.com launched free same-day delivery in Toronto and Vancouver. Prime members receive free same-day deliveries on orders over $25 for one million items in Toronto and 700,000 in Vancouver for an annual fee. The service is available to non-Prime members for a flat fee per order plus an additional cost based on weight, reported Globe and Mail.
The average American child consumes 80 grams of sugar daily, while the American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, according to a professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas. Cutting back on sugar sweetened drinks was suggested to be the easiest way of reducing sugar consumption, reported HealthDay.
FDA released guidance for the use of the term "healthy" in respect to labeling on human food products. Specifically, the guidance focuses on "healthy" claims on foods that have a fat profile predominantly made of mono and polyunsatured fats but do not meet the regulatory definition of "low fat."
McDonald's began testing breakfast Happy Meals in Tulsa, OK. The breakfast meals will include McGriddles cakes or an egg and cheese McMuffin, with apples, yogurt or hash browns. Fries will be an option in the afternoons, reported San Diego Union-Tribune.
Average wholesale egg prices dropped 58% in the three months ended in August when compared to the year-ago period, according to Cal-Maine Foods Inc. Specialty egg prices held up better than non-specialty varieties, but were still down 20% compared to 2015 prices. Specialty eggs made up 47% of Cal-Maine's total egg sales in the period, compared to only 25% in 2015, reported MarketWatch.
Blue Bottle is reportedly raising another round of financing, a little more than a year after it raised $75 million. The coffee chain is aggressively opening stores around the country, and is finding itself with new potential revenue streams in the form of distributing its ice and cold brew coffees, as well as selling beans, reported TechCrunch.
A healthy diet as a teenager may affect weight gain later in life, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers found that 15 year olds who ate a healthy diet gained less weight over the next five and 10 years, regardless of food intake, physical activity or smoking habits, reported HealthDay