Kroger will invest $20 million to renovate seven former Marsh Supermarkets the retailer acquired after Marsh filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and the retailer will reopen two of the stores under Kroger's Pay Less banner and five under its namesake banner. Kroger purchased 11 Marsh stores in total, and a task force is studying the options for the four stores not included in the renovation plans, the company said.
H-E-B has teamed with Texas firm Enchanted Rock Energy to add natural gas generators at 50 stores in the Houston market, with plans to eventually roll them out to all of the retailer's stores in Texas. The generators will be a more reliable source of backup power for H-E-B's stores, which currently use diesel generators, allowing the retailer to offer customers a cool building, food and other supplies when power goes out.
Consumers want Amazon's impending ownership of Whole Foods Market to lead to more in-store tech innovation, starting with cashier-free checkouts, according to a survey by ChargeItSpot. Shoppers also said they wanted the merger to bring lower prices and create new pickup spots for Amazon purchases.
Raley's Supermarket has added positions such as "wellness specialists" and "wellness champions" to help make shopping for healthy foods easier without casting judgment on shoppers. The new positions and the addition of store "wellness hubs" are part of a two-year effort by the retailer to boost its health and wellness offerings and appeal to more health-conscious consumers.
The news that Amazon is entering the growing meal kit market was among this week's most-clicked food and beverage stories, and news that McCormick is planning to acquire Reckitt Benckiser's food unit also ranked high. General Mills showed up twice on the week's top 10 list, with news that the firm is debuting Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bites in the frozen food aisle and an article about how the company grew its e-commerce business by 60% last year both ranking high with readers.
Campbell Soup will launch a new Goldfish line next spring that features more intense flavors that appeal to older kids. The company is also focusing on its cookie portfolio, noting that its recent launch of Farmhouse "is on track to be the biggest Pepperidge Farm snack launched in more than a decade," said Luca Mignini, president of the company's global biscuits and snacks unit.
Totino's has debuted Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon pizza rolls, which began shipping this week and will appear on freezer shelves nationwide by October. The new variety marks the first new pizza roll flavor since the company introduced its limited-edition Cheeseburger variety last year.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus will urge the Department of Justice to scrutinize Amazon's planned acquisition of Whole Foods. "This consolidation that's happening all over the country is not a positive trend," he said.
National Family Meals Month was first introduced in September of 2015 as a way for food retailers and suppliers to help families share one more meal together each week at home. With busy schedules, multiple household shoppers and most shoppers not knowing what is for dinner at 4 p.m. daily, grocers are in a unique position to help make family meals simple and obtainable. The family meals movement is a way for retailers and suppliers to showcase their partnership with shoppers in helping make family meals happen at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Read more.
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