Sonic to trial a burger blended with mushrooms | Winter weather took a big toll on Ga., S.C. peach crops | Chefs make the most of "ugly" food at James Beard Foundation boot camp
June 23, 2017
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Sonic to trial a burger blended with mushrooms
Sonic Drive-In will test a blended burger dubbed the Sonic Slinger in select markets starting in late August. The new burger is made from a mix of beef and mushrooms, and billed as both healthier and more eco-friendly than traditional beef burgers.
Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (6/22) 
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Winter weather took a big toll on Ga., S.C. peach crops
The wholesale price of a case of Georgia peaches jumped from $20 to $30 last month after warm winter weather and a spring freeze killed off a significant portion of this year's crop. The weather took an even bigger toll in South Carolina, where about 90% of the crop was destroyed.
CBS News (6/22) 
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Chefs make the most of "ugly" food at James Beard Foundation boot camp
As part of its ongoing mission to reduce food waste, the James Beard Foundation held a three-day boot camp in New York where chefs collaborated to create meals with offal and imperfect produce. Chefs from around the country used 300 pounds of produce from local farms and various cuts of lamb to create dishes including potato salad with lamb kidneys and spelt salad with lamb tongues and hearts.
National Public Radio (6/23) 
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Kroger is prepared for challenge of grocery competition, exec says
Kroger is prepared for challenge of grocery competition, exec says
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Kroger has been preparing for and is ready to face the competition from German discount grocer Lidl, which has begun opening its hundreds of planned US stores, Chief Financial Officer Mike Schlotman said Wednesday. He also said Kroger is well-positioned to face the future of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, with its $16 billion in annual natural and organic food sales, which exceeds Whole Foods' total yearly sales.
Supermarket News (free registration) (6/21) 
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A breakdown of where US consumers grocery shop
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club account for more than one-fifth of the grocery market in the US, according to data from UBS. Kroger commands 10.2% of the market, Albertsons claims 5.2%, Costco claims 4.2% and CVS claims 3.9%, the data revealed.
Business Insider (6/21) 
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Food Safety
Industry turns out for produce safety seminar
The annual Center for Produce Safety Symposium in Denver this week attracted a record 325 people. "Our industry representatives are really the whole supply chain, and you're getting them geographically from all over the United States," Executive Director Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli said.
The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (6/22) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
Lidl beats Amazon for most-read food news this week
News that Lidl is opening its first US stores topped a most-clicked list this week that was dominated by grocery news. The Amazon-Whole Foods purchase was the subject of many of SmartBrief's most-viewed articles, along with stories on Nestle's potential plan to sell its US confectionery unit, Campbell Soup's new leadership staff and acquisitions talk at Hormel.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (6/23) 
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Science & Technology
Experts: Grocers must modernize, personalize to compete with Amazon
The impending Amazon-Whole Foods Market merger brings new urgency to the grocery industry's task of modernizing stores and making food shopping a more personal experience, experts say. "Grocers that are customer-centric are going to win," Capgemini Consulting's Shannon Warner said, adding that the key to success will be using customer data that traditional grocery players already have.
Bloomberg (6/23) 
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Industry Talent – Center for Growing Talent by PMA
Using financial principles to manage people
Manage employees like you manage company finances and you'll get better results, says Eric Garton, a Bain & Co. partner. Measure productivity, calculate how much meetings are costing you, and reward supervisors for good management of talent, he writes.
Human Resources (Singapore) (6/20) 
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How a movement changes the culture
Executives are wrong to think they can order people to change a company's culture, write Bryan Walker and Sarah Soule. Social movements aren't always big at the beginning or from the top down, they write, and leaders can learn a lot from how such movements gain momentum.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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PMA News
Understand your rights before an FDA inspection
Every produce business affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act should take steps to prepare for and successfully complete a regulatory inspection. To help PMA members understand their responsibilities and rights during an inspection by the FDA, PMA's food safety team, along with Keller & Heckman LLP, have developed new resources, including a how-to "Food Regulatory Inspection Manual."
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Limited spots available for the CGTbyPMA Joe Nucci Memorial Golf Tournament
Don't miss out on your chance to enjoy a round of golf with your colleagues at this year's CGTbyPMA Joe Nucci Memorial Golf Tournament at the historic Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course. The event is Thursday, July 27, starting at 11 a.m., followed by a closing reception where participants can meet this year's Career Pathways students and faculty before the rest of the industry. Learn more about what the tournament involves and sign up for a spot before it's too late on the registration page.
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