Wegmans is expanding its Zero Waste campaign to eliminate waste from its stores to five more locations in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Its initial test store, in Canandaigua, N.Y., has reached a recycling rate of 82.6%, with more food going to food banks and scraps to livestock feed.
Hansen Fruit Co. has named Stemilt Growers as the exclusive marketer of its apples and cherries beginning in June, the companies said. The Washington-based firms share similar values, Stemilt President West Mathison said.
A current E. coli outbreak linked to romaine has some things in common with a December outbreak that was linked to leafy greens but not a specific source. "There was a frustration level because we couldn't learn anything from it," said Bob Whitaker, PMA's chief science and technology officer.
Citrus canker has been detected on trees at two nurseries in Australia's Northern Territory, a region of the country that hasn't seen the disease since the early 1990s. Canker claimed more than 500,000 citrus trees in Queensland, Australia, in 2004.
The Olympia Farmers Market in Olympia, Wash., will use a $30,000 state grant to double the amount participants in state-run food programs for low-income families will have to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market.
Finding and retaining good staff members has become the top concern among grocery executives, according to Progressive Grocer's annual survey. As millennials become the dominant audience, grocers are looking for members of that generation to become leaders and build careers in the industry.
Niche products that address a consumer need are keeping the center store a vital part of a shopping trip, according to shopper intelligence firm Catalina. Among the sub-categories that are spurring center store growth: items with nonfat, heart-healthy or non-GMO labels, Catalina reported.
Numerous shipping lines and related businesses are investing in blockchain, which can help to create more efficiency in global trading networks. If a cohesive plan is put into place, it could mean the generation of an additional $1 trillion in global trade, according to the World Economic Forum.
Wegmans will open a store in Natick, Mass., on April 29, its sixth in the state as it expands there. The company's efforts to open a location in Boston proper, however, have not yet borne fruit, with a bid for a Fenway location falling through last year.
Students at some Michigan schools are learning about vegetables and sampling healthy foods through a farm-to-school program. Program coordinator Steve Urbanski says students and families also learn how to prepare healthy meals at home.