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The Trump Administration released a reform and reorganization plan to combine food safety regulations under USDA and move SNAP to a revamped Health & Human Services Department, away from USDA, among other moves. The report notes "there are many examples of how illogical our fragmented and sometimes duplicative food safety system can be," including that while FDA regulates cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza falls under the jurisdiction of USDA. Full Report
Southeastern Grocers plans to upgrade 100 stores in 2018. Some of the upgrades will be based on customer feedback from focus groups, such as its creation of a "Dollar Shop" in a Jacksonville, FL, store which features hundreds of low-priced and convenient items, reported Jacksonville Daily Record. Full Story
Blue Apron committed to ensuring that 100% of its beef, pork and broiler chicken supply will come from sources that meet GAP Step 1, Certified Humane, or higher standards by 2019. In addition, 50% or more of its beef supply will come from grass-fed cattle raised entirely on pasture by 2019. Full Story
TravelCenters of America will launch a TA Express Concept as a smaller, more nimble store with food offerings and convenience items. TA Express will give prospective franchisees another model from which to choose. Full Story
Eighty-four percent of consumers shop for local foods in upstate New York and New England, with fresh greens, cucumbers and fruit topping their lists, according to a survey from Forager. About 40% spend $50 or more a week, and most do so because they say it tastes better and they want to support the local economy, farmers, and the planet. Full Story
Amazon began construction on an 855,000-sq. ft. fulfillment center on Staten Island, NY. The facility will receive orders and deliver products to New York City area customers. The center is expected to be fully functional by December, reported New York Business Journal. Full Storyread more
The Food Institute and asset solutions partner Harry Davis & Company are teaming up to deliver a free webinar on June 19 entitled “Understanding Your Assets: Expert Strategies for Food & Beverage Processors.” They will explore what value food manufacturers may be leaving on the facility floor, the basics of asset management, the various scenarios for valuing your assets, and a suite of strategies to maximize your assets’ value.
If you've gone to the grocery store lately you've surely noticed the increased importance given to products that make mealtime easier. From pre-cut fruits and vegetables to meal kits to fully-prepared dishes, the supermarket is becoming a major competitor in the foodservice sector.read more
Although a maelstrom of issues have compounded at Starbucks Corp., one thing seems certain: profits will be lower than previously expected in 2018.read more
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