Food retailers are turning to produce and other fresh departments to ramp up competition with delivery services and other foodservice operators, offering produce butchering and other services that make meal prep easier. Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee now offers dedicated space for groups of shoppers to prepare recipes ahead of time, and New York-based Price Chopper/Market 32 lets customers choose from several pre-planned sauce, meat and vegetable combinations to create meals.
Japan-based produce distributor Nousouken has teamed with the public-private Cool Japan Fund to export the country's fresh fruits and vegetables to other markets in Asia. First stop: Hong Kong, where 100 supermarkets will start selling cucumbers, tomatoes and other produce from farms in Japan.
SUPERVALU will divest some underperforming stores, focus on its Cub Foods and Hornbacher's banners and move ahead with retail initiatives including improving category management and store-level product assortments, expanding grab-and-go and other meal offerings and boosting produce and deli operations, the company said. Meanwhile, SUPERVALU's wholesale business will focus on its merger with Unified Grocers, which is slated for completion in the summer.
Asian grocery chain Uwajimaya has opened a small-format market in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, with a mix of fresh, prepared and packaged foods. Kai Market's Asian-flavored offerings are heavy on seafood and aimed at appealing to the area's growing ranks of residents and office workers.
Consumers are changing how they use loyalty programs. While last year nearly half mentioned texting as their preferred communication channel, this year only 1 in 5 still do as other methods such as digital have gained ground, Rimma Kats writes.
FMI and other industry groups are looking forward to working with Sonny Perdue, who became the US Secretary of Agriculture Tuesday. "He made great strides in food and nutrition, particularly in the WIC program, during his governorship in Georgia, and I know he'll work tirelessly for national improvements while at USDA," said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI's senior vice president of government affairs.
Kraft Heinz's new "Feed Your Family, Feed the World" initiative officially launched this week with the goal of donating thousands of meals to Rise Against Hunger. "Thanks to Kraft Heinz, we can all be involved in providing life-changing nutrition by taking a few simple actions," said Rise Against Hunger CEO Rod Brooks.
Anti-food waste activists will hold nearly 100 Disco Soup parties on five continents Saturday night, making meals out of food recovered from retailers, restaurants and farmers, followed by dining and dancing. Brazilian chef Caio Dorigon, who coordinated the event, says they want to make young people more aware about food waste.
Truly inspiring leaders "unlock higher performance through empowerment, not command and control," writes Eric Garton of Bain & Co. The best leaders tend to have a strength in a key area that aligns with a company's overall mission.
To increase enrollment in vocational training, colleges and universities must do more to boost both the reputation and gender parity of the programs, say leaders meeting at the annual American Association of Community Colleges conference. They say more partnerships with business and encouraging more women to enroll are necessary steps.
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