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The search for tastier supermarket tomatoes: A tale in 3 acts
The search for tastier supermarket tomatoes: A tale in 3 acts
One of my fondest childhood memories is of eating tomatoes. We picked them in the garden and ate them in sandwiches, sitting on a picnic table under the trees outside our house. That juicy, acidic taste is forever lodged in the pleasure centers of my b...
Whole Foods debuted a millennial-friendly supermarket in LA, and here's what it looks like
Whole Foods debuted a millennial-friendly supermarket in LA, and here's what it looks like
After three straight quarters of sales declines, Whole Foods is hoping a trendy new store format will lure millennials - and people of a "millennial mind-set," as the New Yorker was informed - away from competitors like Aldi and Trader Joe's. It's call...
Sprouts expands food waste reduction program
Sprouts expands food waste reduction program
In partnership with Quest Resource Holding Corp., natural and organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding its food waste diversion services, bringing a comprehensive organics-recycling program to all of its California stores, ahead of new mandat...
The family dynamics we grew up with shape how we work
The family dynamics we grew up with shape how we work
Does your CEO remind you of your bullying older brother? Or the mother who always refolded your clothes because you didn't do a good enough job?
FDA issues draft guidance on sodium reduction to food industry
FDA issues draft guidance on sodium reduction to food industry
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for public comment that provides "practical, voluntary" sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The short-term (two-year) and long-term (10-year) targets are intended to help...
The 2 things killing your ability to focus
The 2 things killing your ability to focus
The single biggest mistake most of us make is in how we start the day. Do you immediately roll over and start checking email on your phone?
Suffering from professional envy? Here's how to turn it around
Suffering from professional envy? Here's how to turn it around
A colleague hired at the same time as you gets promoted into a new leadership role. You weren't actively gunning for that role yourself, but still, the speed of his ascent has alarms ringing in your head. Indeed, you soon find it hard to think of much ...
Use this theater technique to improve your next meeting
Use this theater technique to improve your next meeting
Nobody likes workplace drama. It kills morale, divides the team, and ultimately drains time and profits. As many a manager knows too well, trying to brush it away or ignore it seldom works. And as many a theater director knows, drama — interperso...
The secrets of great teamwork
The secrets of great teamwork
Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundament...
CDC confirms E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour
CDC confirms E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour
Federal officials identified the current, ongoing outbreak of E. coli in February, but it took until late April for investigators to find the common denominators that led to General Mills' recall of 10 million pounds of flour. As of this afternoon, 38 ...
Kroger to build culinary training center
Kroger to build culinary training center
Aiming to make its home city a “food hub” and improve the level at which it executes everything from corporate branded goods to prepared dishes, Kroger will begin building a culinary training center near its headquarters in Cincinnati, CEO ...
Why profits over people is destined to fail
Why profits over people is destined to fail
We talk about it a lot. Corporate social responsibility, company culture, giving back. It feels almost like a fad based on buzzwords.
Why grocery stores need to go on a diet, too
Why grocery stores need to go on a diet, too
Talking about food waste isn't easy. While today's modern grocery stores are making a wide variety of foods incredibly accessible to many people (just think of how many kinds of cereal and produce you see in a Wegman's aisle alone), the rise of "big bo...
Archer Farms coffee expansion delivers bold new farm-to-cup improvements to guests
Archer Farms coffee expansion delivers bold new farm-to-cup improvements to guests
We�ve got something fresh brewing at Target, and today, we�re finally ready to spill the beans � Starting Aug. 7, Target is introducing an expanded assortment of Archer Farms coffee that features a number of bold new farm-to-cup improvements for its gu...
FDA's new food safety partnership with Canada
FDA's new food safety partnership with Canada
With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common — including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) h...
7 habits of memorable people
7 habits of memorable people
Improving your memory is a hot topic, but what if you want to influence someone else's memory — especially when it comes to how (or if) they will remember you? It's an important thing to consider since being forgettable can be toxic when it comes...
USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research
USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2...
This 'refrigeration battery' helps supermarkets keep things cold for less
This 'refrigeration battery' helps supermarkets keep things cold for less
In a typical supermarket, refrigerators and cold cases suck up about half of the energy used in the entire store - and they pull power from the grid around the clock. A "refrigeration battery" is designed to help: Instead of storing electricity, it sto...
1st Kroger convenience store in Texas opens in College Station
1st Kroger convenience store in Texas opens in College Station
Grabbing a coffee on the go is normal to find at a convenience store, but what about a convenience store with grocery store prices? The very first Kroger convenience store in Texas is now open in College Station! It just may be the convenience and groc...
Perfect icebreakers: 8 smart phrases that will make you better at networking
Perfect icebreakers: 8 smart phrases that will make you better at networking
Networking events are a great opportunity to make valuable contacts, professionally and personally. But many people stress over the pressure of trying to connect quickly and impressively with complete strangers.
Recognize people for who they are, not who you want them to be
Recognize people for who they are, not who you want them to be
Several years ago, a colleague gave me what turned out to be very enlightening feedback on how I deal with others.
Robots are coming to these 4 cities this month
Robots are coming to these 4 cities this month
Self-driving robots will soon start delivering food and groceries. This month Starship Technologies is rolling out its six-wheeled delivery robots in London, Dusseldorf, Bern, and Hamburg, Quartz reports. The robots will be used by two food delivery se...
Creative job titles can energize workers
Creative job titles can energize workers
Job titles don't usually generate much excitement. They're printed on business cards, emblazoned on LinkedIn pages, and used in formal introductions. Some organizations, however, see them as a chance to get creative. Consider Disney, which calls its th...
6 ways to check that your career skills are still competitive
6 ways to check that your career skills are still competitive
In the day-to-day rush to get everything done at work, one important task can easily fall by the wayside: Keeping up on your own skill development. It's easy to fall into a rut and overlook or ignore new and emerging skills you'll need to keep pace wit...
Dietitian on aisle 4: Grocery stores are calling in health experts
Dietitian on aisle 4: Grocery stores are calling in health experts
Has anyone tried quinoa before? No hands went up. "We'll try some today," said Allison Parker, a dietitian employed by Mariano's, to a group of eight mothers with young children on a tour of the Evergreen Park location. Parker is one of a growing numbe...
6 habits of managers who have loyal employees
6 habits of managers who have loyal employees
People stay in jobs and leave for new ones for all kinds of reasons: pay, growth opportunities, work culture, you name it. But one thing that tends to get regularly undervalued when it comes to retention is simple yet meaningful: recognition. Everyone ...
E. coli outbreak spreads as investigators trace ground beef
E. coli outbreak spreads as investigators trace ground beef
People in New Hampshire are continuing to become ill with E. coli infections after eating ground beef, with the most recent case just last week, but state and federal officials are closing in on the source.
Grocery retailer revamps digital platform
Grocery retailer revamps digital platform
Regional grocer Raley's Supermarkets is upgrading its omnichannel customer experience with an eye toward mobile convenience and personalized service. West Sacramento, California-based Raley's, which operates 122 stores under four banners in California ...
Michigan Kroger stores push healthy eating with hospital partnership
Michigan Kroger stores push healthy eating with hospital partnership
Kroger Co. stores in Michigan will encourage shoppers to eat healthy through a new partnership with Henry Ford Health System.