Ocado approaches online grocery with a high-tech answer | Whole Foods delays implementation of GMO rules | United Supermarkets adds upgraded e-commerce platform
May 25, 2018
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Ocado approaches online grocery with a high-tech answer
Ocado approaches online grocery with a high-tech answer
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Britain's Ocado is part online grocer and part tech startup thanks to the hundreds of robots that move items in its system of fulfillment centers, speeding the completion of online orders. Now Ocado's business model has received a major endorsement in the form of a partnership for US warehouses with Kroger.
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Whole Foods delays implementation of GMO rules
Whole Foods delays implementation of GMO rules
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Whole Foods Market has called a halt to its implementation of a requirement that all products it carries be labeled for GMOs. The grocer told suppliers last week that it would pause the requirement, set to take effect in September, as the USDA works on national rules.
Organic Authority (5/22) 
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Real estate industry continues to believe in grocery anchors
Shopping centers with a grocery anchor continue to be attractive to the commercial real estate sector even as grocers look to online sales, according to a report from Real Capital Markets. Centers with a major anchor such as a grocery were rated higher than malls and other shopping sites in a survey of real estate investors.
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Coconut, caramel flavors are trending in snacks
Sophisticated, unique and global flavors are making their way into more snacks, and brands are also releasing innovations that feature twists on classic favorites, said Susan Whiteside of the National Confectioners Association during the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo. "In the always-popular category of new takes on old favorites, caramel and coconut seem to be where it's at this year," she said.
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News from Campbell Soup, B&G Foods proved popular with readers
News from Campbell Soup, B&G Foods proved popular with readers
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The retirement of Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison topped the list of SmartBrief food and beverage stories this week, with news about Campbell's portfolio review also ranking high with readers. Stories about B&G Foods, Amazon and new product releases also ranked among the most-read topics.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (5/25) 
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Pepsi named world's most effective brand
Pepsi named world's most effective brand
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Pepsi has been named the most effective brand in the world, according to the 2018 Effie Effectiveness Index. Rounding out the top three most impactful global brands were McDonald's and Coca-Cola, according to the rankings.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (5/24),  Campaign UK (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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Revamped Butterfinger to roll out by early 2019
Revamped Butterfinger to roll out by early 2019
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Ferrara Candy and parent company The Ferrero Group are working to update several of the brands acquired from Nestle USA earlier this year, beginning with Butterfinger. The revamped confection will debut by early next year, featuring updated ingredients, new packaging and the biggest marketing push in the brand's history, said Ferrara CEO Todd Siwak.
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FMI Spotlight
It's BBQ season: Light up the grill!
As May turns the corner into June, folks around the country are cleaning their grills and starting their fires. It's barbecue season! The weather draws us outside for family meals, get-togethers and good times. Grilling season also is important to the grocery industry and is a great opportunity to increase basket size. The numbers speak for themselves. According to Smithfield, Inc., 96% of consumers say they enjoy barbecue. Read more.
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NAFTA saved you $3.09 on today's purchases
With Memorial Day just around the corner, grilling season is about to get underway. Oddly enough, this great American pastime can offer us a window into understanding exactly how an agreement that covers the trade relationship between the US, Canada and Mexico impacts the lives of American consumers every day. Read more.
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