Food Retail
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8/16/2018

Whole Foods Market ranked first on a list of grocers for the sustainability of its seafood offerings in a list released by environmental group Greenpeace. A notable change was the downgrading of Trader Joe's, which the group said was less transparent about the sources of some of its fish.

8/16/2018

Customers expect sushi from a grocery store counter to be as high-quality and fancy in presentation as that from a restaurant, according to Josh Onishi, CEO and president of supplier Peace Dining Corp. "Creating theater -- food preparation in front of customers -- is a consistent trend driving traffic within grocerants," Onishi said.

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Progressive Grocer
8/16/2018

Kroger is launching a home grocery delivery test via self-guided vehicles at a Scottsdale, Ariz., Fry's location. The pilot test will use autonomous Toyota Prius cars, which will initially have a human inside to monitor performance, for same-day and next-day delivery.

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Kroger, Toyota, Fry
8/16/2018

German grocer ALDI will offer two Advent kits in the US this holiday season that have been a hit in Europe: one featuring wine and one with mini cheeses. The wine calendar features 24 mini bottles for $69.99 while the cheese calendar will sell for $12.99.

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Aldi
8/16/2018

Whatever values people bring to their dinner table, a family meal together is considered beneficial by almost all Americans, writes Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI. Grocers can call attention to ways to help busy families fulfill this aspiration during September's National Family Meals Month, she writes.

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Leslie Sarasin, FMI
8/16/2018

Shinsegae-owned supermarket operator E-Mart Everyday will open an automated store in Seoul that will let customers skip the checkout and pay via the SSG Pay mobile app. The store will also include self-checkout options for shoppers who don't use the app and traditional cashiers to check identification on tobacco and alcohol purchases.

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S. Korea
8/15/2018

Kroger will launch online sales in China via a storefront on Alibaba Group's Tmall Global marketplace, the company said. The site, set to launch today, will begin with private-label products, including Kroger's organic Simple Truth brand, and dietary supplements.

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Kroger, Alibaba Group, Tmall Global
8/15/2018

Discount grocer Lidl still has plans to build several stores in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, even if other projects are on hold, according to local government officials. Three planned projects are continuing while two others seem to be on pause as the company reevaluates its growth plans, the officials said.

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Lidl
8/15/2018

An app called Pinto will allow shoppers to scan the back of a grocery product and then produce a nutrition label based on the consumer's specific dietary needs. Issues that the app can highlight for consumers include food allergens, dietary goals and other concerns such as added sugars.

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pinto
8/15/2018

The transforming grocery landscape, led by unprecedented advancements in technology, has left food retailers of all shapes and sizes addressing new challenges. Earlier this year, FMI identified five emerging issues that have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in the next three to five years. One of the issues identified is how artificial intelligence  and technology will alter the food industry and the role of humans throughout its processes. Top-of-mind for attendees at the Energy and Store Development (E&SD) Conference will be how technology, operations, design trends and store formats are evolving to better serve the demands of consumers’ modern lifestyles. Read more.

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