August 12, 2019
On the Retail Front
SpartanNash Co. president/CEO Dave Staples resigned and Dennis Eidson was appointed to the additional roles of interim president/CEO, effective immediately. In addition, SpartanNash will exit its Indianapolis-based Fresh Kitchen operations to improve operating earnings and EBITDA results within the Food Distribution segment.  Full Story

Amazon applied for a license to open a 200-sq. ft. liquor store  in San Francisco. The storefront would allow consumers to buy alcohol directly from the business, and give the company a location from which it could deliver alcohol to Prime Now customers in the city, reported  Business Insider Full Story

Farmmi is testing brick- and- mortar stores in China using its Farmmi Baba brand . Initially, the stores will feature agricultural products and a variety of fresh vegetables. The move is an effort to expand brand awareness and boost revenue growth.  Full Story
Mollie Stone's Markets  will open in San Francisco, reported  Winsight Grocery Business Full Story

Rite Aid  named Heyward Donigan CEO.  Full Story

Brookshire Grocery Co.  named Suzanne Osbourn VP, partner relations and development, and Jason Cooper VP, corporate development and real estate, reported  Supermarket News Full Story
Supplier News
Companies such as General Mills and Kraft Heinz are shifting their marketing focus  to resonate with a new generation of shoppers. Meanwhile, the Kellogg Co. is seeing benefits from new product launches in 2019.  Food Institute Focus

A Tyson Foods meat processing plant in Kansas was damaged in a fire  on Aug. 9. The plant will remain closed indefinitely and a prolonged closure could force the company to move cattle designated for slaughter to another facility, which could result in additional cost, reported  Reuters Full Story

UTZ Quality Foods will manufacture, market and distribute certain HERDEZ  tortilla chips and pork rinds. Under the terms of a licensing agreement with MegaMex Foods and Herdez, UTZ will have the opportunity to bring multiple varieties to market, including regular, chili lime and hot and spicy pork rinds as well as improved white, yellow and blue corn tortilla chips.  Full Story

nutpods raised $33 million  in its round of fundraising, ledd by VMG Partners. The plant-based dairy alternative company, which makes almond and coconut coffee creamers, plans on expanding its product line, reported  The Seattle Times.   Full Story

Libstar Holdings Ltd. entered into a binding agreement to sell its non-core dairy-blend  and fruit concentrate beverage operations. The South African food producer launched a frozen specialty bread facility in July, and plans a new plant to toast granola, while undertaking manufacturing initiatives in perishables and specialized food packaging, reported  Reuters Full Story
Consumer Insights
Almost 75% of adults in the U.S. spend $4,073 a year on conveniences  like subscription boxes, food deliveries and ridesharing, according to a survey from Finder. Food delivery is the third most common convenience, used by 44% of consumers, reaching $108.8 billion or $929 per person per year.  Full Story
You Should Know...
7-Eleven Inc. will pay a more than $1.5 million settlement  for failing to properly train employees in the handling of hazardous material in California stores. Several counties were involved in the prosecution of the case, which found 7-Eleven violated state laws requiring the training, reported  Bay City News Service Full Story

Hoboken, NJ, will ban single-use polystyrene products   and carry-out plastic bags  being used by foodservice and retail establishments. The plastic bag ban strengthens the regulation implemented in January by eliminating the use of plastic bags available for purchase at larger retail stores that are billed as reusable, reported  NJ.com Full Story

Taylor Farms Inc. recalled approximately 342-lbs. of breaded chicken products  due to a processing defect that may have led to undercooking of products. The items were shipped to retail locations in Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia where they are sold in the deli section of retailers.   Full Story

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. voluntarily recalled a limited number of cases of baby spinach  due to a possible health risk from salmonella. The products were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.   Full Story
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