Arcadia Biosciences and Shriram Bioseed have developed a hybrid tomato with an extended shelf life. The fruit is in the testing stage and expected to hit the market next year.
Manipulating a group of genetic controls dubbed MYB transcription could create healthier, tastier and prettier produce, according to researchers in New Zealand. "It could significantly increase the content of pigments per fruit serving, resulting in a possible step change in health benefits," said researcher Andrew Allan.
Navigating trucker shortages and other freight challenges can be difficult for the food industry, but Land O'Lakes has put several strategies in place to offset shipping issues, said Chief Supply Chain Officer Yone Dewberry. The company is increasing its use of technology to better track shipments, partnering with private fleets and collaborating with industry associations such as GMA and FMI to find solutions.
Meal-kit maker Chef'd has ceased operations and informed employees of layoffs, reportedly running through capital it had raised in recent months. "One company's financial woes are not necessarily indicative of a trend, but it brings to light the challenges in supporting the meal kit financial model," according to Rick Stein, FMI's vice president of fresh foods.
Southeastern Grocers has rolled out its updated loyalty program called SE Grocers rewards, to be available at all of its banners including Winn-Dixie and Harveys. The program will focus on letting consumers earn discounts on groceries and gasoline at participating stations.
Albertsons will send Paul Gossett, now running its Shaw's and Star Market banners in the Northeast, to Chicago to become president of its Jewel-Osco banner. Gossett will replace longtime executive Doug Cygan, who died on July 5.
Costco Wholesale has launched online sales of non-perishable groceries in Southern Ontario, marking the retailer's first Canadian e-commerce effort. Costco already offers online shopping in the US and expects to eventually expand the service to more markets in Canada.
Grocers are among the retailers checking into alternatives for the plastics they hand out, looking for items that are more friendly to the environment. Retailers such as Pacific Coast Greens are looking to paper straws, which currently are four times the price of plastic but present less of a long-term litter risk.
California wine regions outside of Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coasts are gaining attention for their high-quality wines, writes Jim Gordon. Tablas Creek 2017 Estate Grown & Bottled Vermentino and Sol Rouge 2014 Mourvedre are examples of top wines that explore the versatility possible with California grapes.