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Fruit and vegetable differentiating formats gain market

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-18 Fri 12:26
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Constant innovation has led the agricultural sector to adapt to the new demands of consumers by developing innovative healthy, high-nutritional, great-tasting products. One of the latest trends is mini-sized fruits and vegetables, which are conquering the market with their differentiating format. An…

From Total Insight to Execution: How Leading Grocery Stores Win with AI Computer Vision

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 19:15
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To provide clarity on the path forward with smart store technology, join Progressive Grocer and one of Europe's most innovative start ups for an eye-opening look at the evolution of retail operations and customer experience.

Amazon Fresh grocery store in Los Angeles opens to the public

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 13:52
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After a short period where you could only visit the store if you had an invite, Amazon's first Fresh grocery location is now open to the public. Starting today, anyone who wants to visit the Woodland Hills, Los Angeles store can do so from 7AM to 10PM PT daily.

The centerpiece of the store is Amazon's new Dash Cart. Each one features a scale and a variety of cameras and sensors, allowing it to calculate your total as you shop. Once you're done shopping, the amount you need to pay is automatically deducted from the credit card associated with your Amazon account. If you only plan to buy about two bags worth of groceries, the Amazon Dash Cart allows you to skip a visit to the cashier. Another nifty feature of the Dash Carts is that you can access any shopping lists you made with Alexa directly from the cart.   

E-Commerce to Account for 21.5% of Total Grocery by 2025

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 13:24
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Online grocery sales will reach an estimated $250 billion by 2025, which is more than a 60% increase over pre-pandemic projections, and more than a fifth (21.5%) of all grocery sales. These numbers are according to a June survey from Mercatus of 60,000 American shoppers across approximately 20 states.

During the pandemic, 43% of shoppers said they have shopped online in the last six months compared to just 24% two years ago. The top three reasons shoppers have shifted to online shopping are COVID-19 concerns (62%), convenience (62%) and time savings (42%).

Additionally, 66% of all respondents who shop online rate real-time inventory visibility as very important. Compared to brick and mortar, there is far less loyalty for pure-play online retailers, with only 8% of shoppers switching to an online-only operator such as Amazon.

New Amazon Grocery Format Opens to the Public

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:16
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Amazon's first-ever traditional grocery banner has officially opened to the general public after a few weeks of an invitation-only soft launch.

The new grocery format called Amazon Fresh is welcoming everyone in Woodland Hills, Calif., with 15 cent bananas, freshly baked pizza slices for $1.97, and rotisserie chickens for $4.97.

Circular-Shopping Platform Goes National

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:14
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Loop, the worldwide circular-shopping platform rolled out last year by Trenton, New Jersey-based TerraCycle, is now available in every ZIP code in the 48 contiguous states. Since its launch in the northeastern United States and Paris, with subsequent expansion to the United Kingdom this past July, Loop has experienced considerable growth of its brand partners and product assortment: It now offers more than 80 brands and 400 products globally, and more than 100,000 people enrolled to receive the service.

Loop allows consumers to shop for brands in sturdy packaging that’s reused until the end of its life, resulting in a circular system that aims to supplant disposable single-use packaging. The service features international companies such as Unilever and Nature’s Path and small independently owned businesses alike.

'Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:52
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You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

'As a catering supplier we are in competition with the discounters'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:50
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The catering industry is slowly getting back on its feet after the difficult first half of the year. This means a sigh of relief for the wholesalers who have specialised in this sector. However, normality has not yet returned; public festivals in particular are painfully absent from the annual turnover…

4 Ways to Increase Online Sales With Prepared Foods

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-14 Mon 13:02
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If you are not offering these items online, you’re losing sales.

With the limitations on large event gatherings and justified concerns over sharing food in public spaces, large catered events are restricted for the foreseeable future. This is changing the way prepared food orders at grocery stores are being prepared, packaged and offered for purchase.

These new challenges don’t change the fact that people want to celebrate as they did before, but do not have the time to spend cooking a special meal. New behaviors are driving change and justify adding family-focused meal offerings and custom cakes to personalize the experience. 

Store departments that prepared foods for larger organizational and office meetings are now shifting to handle smaller gatherings and family celebrations - adding convenience and choice to online shopping.

Whole Foods Store Features Mini-Farm

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-10 Thu 10:21
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Whole Foods Market’s recently opened Manhattan West store is home to the latest mini-farm installation of Farm.One, which bills itself as Manhattan’s only vertical farm. Farm.One maintains the custom-designed on-site farm for the Manhattan West store to supply the location’s prepared foods and beverages with freshly grown and harvested Blue Spice Basil. The herb is used in an ingredient in such offerings as freshly made pizza and the Whole Foods Mule, a specialty cocktail.

Joint decision-making approach for tomato picking and distribution considering postharvest maturity

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:10
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Fruit maturity is an essential factor for fresh retailers to make economical distribution scheduling and scientific market strategies. In the context of farm-to-door mode, the fresh retailers could incorporate the postharvest maturity time, picking time and distribution time to deliver high-quality…

Farmpal: Removing middlemen and connecting growers to businesses directly

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:08
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In Pune, start-ups like Farmpal have opened new collection centres to help growers deliver fresh produce easily by connecting growers to their markets and cutting off the middlemen.  Going back for one moment: India grew more grain in 2017 than ever before and the government’s agriculture budget rose 111 per…

The advantages of ripening in a paper bag

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:48
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Consumers are currently able to purchase one of the most famous peaches in the Spanish region of Aragon: the one under the PDO Melocotón de Calanda, which is known for ripening inside a paper bag. This protects it from pests, making it possible for it to receive practically no phytosanitary treatments.…

Amazon is expanding its partnership with Kohl's in a big, new way

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:47
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US: Albertsons embraces micro-fulfillment to power e-commerceTo support e-commerce growth, Albertsons Cos. has expanded its partnership with automation specialist Takeoff Technologies to deploy micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs) to fill online grocery orders. Currently, Albertsons has two Takeoff-powered…

Rethinking how to display product

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:46
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“People know us, but we like to show new products and packaging at this show.” So says Juan Pablo Lozano, whose company, Miami, Fl.-based Garland, LLC., has attended the annual PMA Fresh Summit show for the last four years. And with this year’s show being held virtually October 13-15, Garland is…

Multi-functional cutting machine satisfies Chinese market demand for sliced fruits and vegetables

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:15
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Consumers have been paying even more attention to food safety since the outbreak of Covid-19. At the same time, there is also a growing demand for sliced fruits and vegetables. The cutting up of fruits and vegetables is an important step in the processing of fruits and vegetables. This step is not just…

'Consumers today are much more likely to buy a packaged product than loose products'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:10
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In India the lockdown came suddenly back in March and affected a lot of businesses especially those involved in the grape export as it was just 2/3 way through.AVI Global Plast produce packaging for, amongst others, the grape sector but the company seems to have coped very well in a difficult…

Amazon: U.S. regulatory approval to start drone delivery trials

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:11
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Amazon.com Inc’s drone service has received federal approval that will allow the company to begin testing commercial deliveries through its drone fleet, the e-commerce giant said. Amazon Prime Air, the company’s special service delivering packages in 30 minutes or less, has been approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test delivering orders using autonomous drones.

E-grocers double down on farm-to-plate sourcing models

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-31 Mon 09:01
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Online grocery start-ups such as Jumbotail, BigBasket, ShopKirana, among others, are doubling down on farm-to-plate sourcing models with a significant spike in demand for fresh produce. Free movement of goods continues to be a challenge for medium and large farmers and fast moving consumer goods brands…

'Consumers today are much more likely to buy a packaged product than loose products'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-28 Fri 09:22
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In India the lockdown came suddenly back in March and affected a lot of businesses especially those involved in the grape export as it was just 2/3 way through.AVI Global Plast produce packaging for, amongst others, the grape sector but the company seems to have coped very well in a difficult…

Church Bros. launches new Green Giant convenience products

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 10:20
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Church Bros. Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh brand: sweet baby broccoli, sweet baby cauliflower, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and sweet potato.

The Sweet Baby vegetable line includes sweet baby broccoli in an eight-ounce bag and sweet baby cauliflower in a 10-ounce bag.  Both vegetables are washed and ready to use with a 16-day shelf life.  

Sweet baby broccoli is sweet and tender from floret to stem and 100 percent edible, reducing food waste and kitchen prep time. Sweet baby cauliflower is a new sweeter variety of cauliflower with tender green stems that become brighter when cooked.

“These new items give retailers the opportunity to build a Sweet Baby category. Their uniform stand up pouches look great side by side on the shelf,” said Rick Russo senior vice president of sales and marketing.

The Cubed and Crumbled veggie line includes a range of hearty vegetables that deliver nutrition as well as flavor and convenience.  The Cubed items include sweet potatoes, butternut squash and spaghetti squash in 16-ounce bags. Accompanying the original Cauliflower Crumbles and Cauliflower Crumbles Fried Rice, the Cubed offerings will further satisfy consumers’ needs for convenient cuts of gourmet, nutritious veggies.

Vegetables can be personalised by machines

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:27
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Broccoli, 3D-printed into unusual shapes to tempt a picky toddler. Beef stew, produced in the same way to make it easy to swallow for an elderly relative. Pork and potatoes, also rendered by a machine for a patient with oral cancer who can’t chew. Advances in 3D-printing mean printed food is becoming…

Amazon opens its first-ever Fresh grocery store in Los Angeles

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:17
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Amazon aims to compete with the likes of Albertsons and Kroger with the launch of its first retail Fresh grocery story in Los Angeles. The Woodland Hills location, promising “a wide assortment of national brands and high-quality produce, meat and sea...

Consumer preference for microgreens

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-26 Wed 11:05
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Microgreens are tender immature greens of wild species, herbs, grains, or vegetables, harvested upon the emergence of the first pair of true leaves. Microgreens are analogous in size to sprouts but are eaten without the roots and require additional days to thrive and acquire larger, colored, and…

Amazon Plans to Make Whole Foods' Human Cashiers Obsolete

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:15
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Amazon executive Jeff Wilke, a 20-year veteran of the company, plans to retire next year, but not before completing one of his major projects — eliminating human cashiers at Whole Foods locations across the country.

Fresh pack concept: Easy, tasty, and inexpensive?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:09
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The Dutch consumer program, Radar, recently took a closer look at the fresh pack concept. Are these packs really so tasty and convenient? Isn’t it much cheaper to buy all the products separately at the supermarket? To find out, Radar called on Dutch food blogger, Brenda Hoff. She compared pumpkin soup and…