Beyond Meat to Double Distribution of Beyond Sausage

Beyond Meat, Inc. will more than double the retail distribution of its Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties by the end of September. The product will be available in select Kroger, Super Target, Walmart, Publix, and Harris Teeter stores. “Following the initial release of our Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties at retailers earlier this year, we heard an enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive response from consumers who asked for increased availability,” said Chuck Muth, chief growth officer, Beyond Meat, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be able to make delicious and nutritious plant-based meat…

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Datassential Experts Map Innovation to Culinary Trends

“Even if you don’t sell into foodservice, so many culinary trends begin in restaurants and foodservice before they spread to specialty retail and many things get their start in the inception stage of the menu adoption cycle,” explained Mark Brandau group manager of Datassential, Thursday, during the session Mapping Your Innovation to Culinary Trends, part of Specialty Food Live! Datassential tracks trends from inception through to adoption, proliferation, and ubiquity, explained Carly Levin, account manager and plant-based expert at Datassential. “Think about kale 10 years ago,” she said. “Pizza Hut…

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Candy Makers Get Creative for a Safe, Fun Halloween

Candy makers are coming up with new ways to engage consumers in a Halloween season that will be unlike any other. Hershey’s, along with the Halloween & Costume Association, has launched a site to help consumers stay safe while having Halloween fun. One of the most unique features is the embedded COVID-19 Risk Levels Dashboard, created by the Harvard Global Health Institute, which is an interactive map that shows COVID risk levels for each county in the U.S. Website visitors can hover over any county to see its current COVID…

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Giant Eagle Enhances Curbside Pickup

Giant Eagle is enhancing its curbside pickup program with FlyBuy Pickup, a solution that uses proprietary location technology to optimize curbside and in-store pickup for retailers. This partnership will help Giant Eagle handle the increased consumer demand for pickup amid the pandemic. “The FlyBuy platform helps us better manage the influx of Giant Eagle Curbside Pickup orders being placed,” said Valery Ciarimboli, Giant Eagle’s vice president e-commerce operations, in a statement. “Knowing our guests’ ETA and receiving live location updates and arrival alerts has transformed our curbside program for both…

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Pilgrim’s Pride Appoints New CEO After Price Fixing Scandal

After former CEO Jayson Penn was indicted for fixing chicken prices, Pilgrim’s Pride has appointed Fabio Sandri as CEO, effective immediately. Sandri had been serving as the interim president and CEO since June. “I am humbled and excited to be selected by the Board to lead Pilgrim’s in our next stage of growth and opportunity for our team members,” said Sandri. “I look forward to working alongside our strong team of professionals around the globe who are committed to realizing Pilgrim’s vision to be the best and most respected company…

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Amazon’s Alexa becomes a better conversationalist and can now ask you questions, too – TechCrunch

At its annual hardware event, Amazon today announced new capabilities for its Alexa personal assistant that will allow it to become more personalized as it can now ask clarifying questions and then use this personalized data to interact with the user later on. In addition, Alexa can now join a conversation, too, starting a mode where you don’t have to say ‘hey Alexa’ all the time. With that, multiple users can interact with Alexa and the system will chime in when it’s appropriate (or not — since we haven’t tested…

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Berkeley to Ban Junk Food at Checkout

The City Council of Berkeley, California has unanimously approved an ordinance that bans junk food and unhealthy items in the checkout of grocery stores larger than 2,500 square feet, reports The Mercury News. The ordinance only allows food items with no more than 5 grams of added sugars or 250 milligrams of sodium per serving. According to council member Kate Harrison, who co-authored the ordinance, retailers would still be able to sell junk food in other parts of the store, but not in the checkout line, where the items are…

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Ring gets into automotive security with three new car products, including one debuting first for Teslas – TechCrunch

Amazon -owned Ring is expanding from home and neighborhood security to the automative world, with three new products it debuted today at Amazon’s expansive devices and services extravaganza. These include Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Connect – two new devices and one API/hardware combo aimed at automotive manufacturers, respectively. Each of these will be available beginning sometime next year. “Truly since we started Ring, and even back in Doorbot days, people were asking for automotive security,” explained Ring CEO and founder Jamie Siminoff in an interview.…

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Frozen Meal Delivery Concept Gains Traction

Historically, frozen foods and home delivery have not gone well together, but the pandemic may have driven consumers’ acceptance of the concept of receiving frozen meals on their doorstep. The American Frozen Food Institute reported that 85 percent of online grocery shoppers included frozen foods in their order during the early stock-up days of the pandemic, compared with 73 percent who did so before the pandemic. The increase came amid surging interest among home-bound consumers in having frozen foods on hand for meal solutions. Charlotte Myer, divisional merchandise manager, grocery,…

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Ring to offer opt-in end-to-end encryption for videos beginning later this year – TechCrunch

Ring will be stepping up its efforts to make its security products secure for users by enabling end-to-end video encryption later this year. The company will be providing this toggle in a new page in tits app’s Control Center, which will provide more information about Ring’s current encryption practices, and measures to keep user video secure, until the end-to-end encryption feature goes live. Ring is also taking the covers off a range of new devices today – including its first drone – but Ring CEO and founder Jamie Siminoff says…

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