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12/12/2017

SUPERVALU and Instacart have teamed up to expand grocery delivery services to all of the retailer's stores, the company said Monday. SUPERVALU has also expanded its click-and-collect service to more stores, with plans to grow it further in the future.

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SuperValu, Instacart
12/12/2017

Food Lion celebrates its 60th birthday today, with celebrations that include discount and gift card giveaways and a time capsule ceremony at its North Carolina headquarters. The retailer was founded as Food Town in 1957, and it has since changed its name and grown to a company of more than 63,000 workers who staff 1,031 stores.

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12/12/2017

Walmart has added meal kits from brands including Takeout Kit and Home Chef to its e-commerce offerings. The retailer began offering more than 30 meal-kit options last week, and some of them sold out within the first few days, according to reports.

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12/12/2017

Millennial shoppers are the most likely group to visit at least three stores per week to buy their groceries, but not because of price, according to a report from Acosta. The report found that millennials' trips to multiple stores are driven by store proximity, their search for specific brands and their desire for fresh foods.

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12/12/2017

Good leaders listen, follow through on promises and treat others as they'd like to be treated, writes Dennis Miller. "It may take some practice, but by learning to build trust and respect among your colleagues, you will dramatically increase your leadership potential," he writes.

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12/12/2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized discount grocer ALDI for sustainability efforts including implementing environmentally friendly refrigeration systems at 34 stores. The retailer is in the midst of a five-year, $5 billion investment plan that includes making its stores more environmentally friendly.

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Progressive Grocer
12/12/2017

Consumers ranked the name of an apple variety low on the list of qualities they consider when choosing the fruit, but Cornell University researchers found that in reality, what it's called makes a difference. Subjects were given different names for an unnamed new variety, and the amount they said they would be willing to pay for the fruit varied depending on the fake names attributed to it.

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Apple, Cornell University
12/12/2017

The rise of potato cultivation in parts of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa coincided with declines in fighting and bloodshed in the 18th and 19th centuries, according to a report by three economists. "In really poor countries that still rely on agriculture, I think the development lesson here is that stabilizing the food supply is paramount for establishing peace," said University of Colorado, Boulder economist Murat Iyigun.

12/12/2017

The Agriculture Department has approved plans for a pilot project in Arizona designed to cut down on fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A waiver from the USDA will allow the state to require direct contact with a SNAP recipient who requests a replacement benefits card more than twice in a 12-month period.

12/12/2017

Jewish consumers have become an important audience among the fans of whiskey, with an event called Whisky Jewbilee launched in 2013. To attract this audience, some scotch and bourbon labels have sought kosher certification for their products.

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