Walmart partners with LeBron James to fight hunger | Sprouts taking on new markets, prototype stores | Stew Leonard's searching for new products with "Stew's Tank"
May 17, 2019
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Walmart partners with LeBron James to fight hunger
Walmart partners with LeBron James to fight hunger
James (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Walmart is partnering with LeBron James to support the charity Feeding America. The basketball star has chosen favorite items like peanut butter, iced tea and pasta that shoppers can buy to generate a meal donation from Walmart.
MediaPost Communications (5/16) 
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Sprouts taking on new markets, prototype stores
Sprouts taking on new markets, prototype stores
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Sprouts Farmers Market is entering new markets this year, with plans to open more than half of its future stores in new territory, according to company executives. The grocer has also introduced prototype stores centered around customer experience improvements in the meat, deli, seafood and bakery departments.
Supermarket Perimeter (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Stew Leonard's searching for new products with "Stew's Tank"
Stew Leonard's has cultivated a country-fair atmosphere with the help of features like selfie stations and animatronic singing vegetables and poultry. Now, the grocer is introducing its own take on "Shark Tank" with a program called "Stew's Tank" that gives New York-based food companies the chance to have their products sold in stores.
Supermarket News (free registration) (5/15) 
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Other News
Bold colors, simple designs help CPG brands stand out
Revamped packaging has helped companies like RXBAR, Halo Top and Banza stand out from the competition in the age of Instagram. These brands found success after opting for bright colors, simple designs and packaging callouts that highlight their unique features, writes Madison Flager.
Delish (5/15) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
New Hershey bar design, Pringles' Mystery Flavor drew in readers
Hershey's first redesign of its iconic 125-year-old chocolate bar topped the list of SmartBrief's most-read food-and-beverage stories this week. Also on the list: new Oreo varieties, Pringles' Mystery Flavor and a story about Meijer's Ohio growth plans.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (5/17) 
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Health, Nutrition and Pharmacy
Fred's continues streamlining with plans to close 104 stores
Discount retailer Fred's will shutter 104 stores by the end of next month, in addition to 159 closures announced last month. The closures, part of an ongoing restructuring, will leave the retailer with about 300 locations.
CNN (5/16) 
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Supplier News
General Mills debuts Fillows cereal
General Mills debuts Fillows cereal
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General Mills is rolling out a new brand of cereal called Fillows, which features a crunchy shell and a creme filling. The cereal comes in two flavors: Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll and Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme.
KMPH-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (5/16),  WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (5/16) 
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Blockchain to allow tracking of select Bumble Bee fish
Bumble Bee's Natural Blue by Anova tuna steaks will carry blockchain codes at select retailers starting later this year. "Because we can trace the movement of fish from the moment it's caught to the point where it is sold, our customers can have confidence that we're making a difference to delicate ecosystems as well as the lives of everyone involved in our supply chain," said Chief Information Officer Tony Costa.
Forbes (5/15) 
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FMI Spotlight
Clearing the smoke: Navigating the new world of cannabis
Fueled by the 2018 Farm Bill, consumer interest in cannabis-infused products is at an all-time high. Still, hemp-derived ingredients, including cannabidiol (CBD) remain subject to regulation by FDA, USDA and the states. Even with the rise of CBD-infused products on the market, the FDA views CBD as an unlawful food or dietary supplement ingredient. Join us at the 2019 Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Conference, June 23-25, as we get into the weeds of CBD-infused products' regulatory landscape, state regulations and enforcement.
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For food retailers, infrastructure isn't just about reliable roads
This week kicked off the seventh annual Infrastructure Week, with hundreds of organizations and companies coming together to stress the importance of a reliable, well-managed national infrastructure. This year's iteration comes at a particularly opportune time, as the president and Congressional leadership in Washington, D.C., began talks for a bipartisan approach toward addressing our aging roads, railways, airports and waterways. Read more.
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