Schnucks makes warehouse deals in supply chain shift | Wal-Mart's growth plan focuses on northern India | Kroger exec: Ambition, patience are key for grocers
March 28, 2017
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Schnucks makes warehouse deals in supply chain shift
Schnucks makes warehouse deals in supply chain shift
Schnuck Markets has chosen Penske Logistics to operate a 915,000-square-foot fresh food warehouse in Missouri and reached an agreement with union workers at another warehouse in the state. The moves are part of the retailer's transition to a new structure in the supply chain.
Supermarket News (free registration) (3/27) 
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Wal-Mart's growth plan focuses on northern India
Wal-Mart's growth plan focuses on northern India
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Wal-Mart plans to grow from 20 to 50 cash-and-carry wholesale stores in India, with 20 of them likely to open in the northern states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, sources said. The retailer is waiting to see if the government will ease the rules on foreign direct investment before making plans for retail stores in India.
The Economic Times (India)/TNN (3/27) 
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Kroger exec: Ambition, patience are key for grocers
Kroger exec: Ambition, patience are key for grocers
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Ambition, patience, a hunger for experience and a good pair of shoes are keys to building a successful career in food retail, veteran Kroger executive Jayne Homco said last week. "You'll learn this over and over: A can-do attitude is what's going to help you in your career," she said.
Supermarket News (free registration) (3/24) 
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Coconut becomes a ubiquitous food, beverage base
Product launches that include coconut among their ingredients have increased 21% annually on average since 2012, Innova Market Insights data indicates, bringing coconut into foods like flour, soup, baby food and yogurt. "Coconut water put it on the map," said Innova's Lu Ann Williams regarding the latest coconut boom.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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SUPERVALU raises awareness for diabetes in annual campaign
SUPERVALU stores are holding the annual My Diabetes Coach campaign and offering services such as risk assessments and free glucose screenings. Through the campaign, which runs until June 17, stores will also host other events including classes led by pharmacists and store tours to help shoppers make more nutritious purchasing decisions.
Progressive Grocer (3/27) 
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Supplier News
General Mills' Lynch: "Sustainability is a business imperative"
General Mills is on a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% and achieve a zero waste-to-landfill goal within the next eight years so the brand can continue to build upon its 150-year history. "Sustainability is a business imperative for us to be able to do that," said Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch. (3/27) 
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New Snack Factory offerings boost better-for-you portfolio at Snyder's-Lance
Snyder's-Lance's snack development arm, Clearview Foods, is rolling out Veggie Sticks and Fruit Sticks under the company's Snack Factory label. Snyder's-Lance's better-for-you items now comprise 33% of the company's product portfolio. (France) (3/27) 
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Technology Solutions
The food industry's vulnerability to cyberattacks
Smart sensors, radio frequency identification tags and other technology can help detect safety breaches in food supply chains, but poorly written code could lead to cyberattacks and corporate espionage. One example: Hackers could break into smart refrigerators and alter the temperature and cause food to spoil, says Max Kilger, a cybersecurity researcher at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Quartz (3/24) 
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Why fresh is changing the supply chain
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Global Update
Nielsen: W. Canada's food prices fell in 2016
Grocery prices in Western Canada dipped 0.9% last year, according to Nielsen data, as consumers tightened their belts and retailers grew more competitive on price. Fresh vegetable prices fell the furthest, with a decline of 5.2%.
Business in Vancouver (British Columbia) (3/24) 
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Food Safety and Security
Nearly 1 ton of catfish recalled over possible chemical contamination
A voluntary recall was issued by Lakes Farm Raised Catfish affecting 1,695 pounds of catfish after Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors found volatile levels of the antifungal agent dye malachite green and a reduction of it, leucomalachite green, in samples. The affected items, which were packed in 15-pound cardboard boxes and produced from March 14-17 of this year, bear the establishment number "EST. 48150" and were distributed to retail and institutional locations in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Food Poisoning Bulletin (3/27) 
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