Kroger Drives Plant-Based Meat Sales in Integrated Set

“The plant-based food category has seen tremendous growth year over year,” said Julie Emmett, senior director of retail partnerships at the Plant Based Foods Association. Emmett spoke during The Big Idea: Plant-Based session during the Specialty Food Live! virtual event, Tuesday, about the current state of the category and about PBFA’s recent test pilot with Kroger, where plant-based meat alternatives were placed in the same department as animal-based products. Experimenting with Plant-Based Merchandising “The question on how best to merchandise plant-based food is ever-present,” said Emmett. “Though Beyond Meat was…

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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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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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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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Uncle Ben’s Rebrands as Ben’s Original

Uncle Ben’s has rebranded as Ben’s Original following the company’s announcement that it would create a more inclusive brand, reports CNN Business. Along with the name change, packaging will no longer feature the image of Frank Brown, a head waiter at an exclusive Chicago restaurant who, according to an archived page from the Uncle Ben’s website, posed for the Uncle Ben portrait. Mars decided to change the products after consumers and employees requested the change. “For some, it clearly had overtones of servitude, and that is not the brand that…

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Specialty Food Live! Extended Through Friday

The Specialty Food Association is extending the Specialty Food Live! event, originally scheduled to end today, through tomorrow at 6 p.m. to allow attendees more time to make connections. The virtual booths will remain open and no further education sessions will be offered, which means more time for buyers to search and find products. Members don’t have to be in the virtual booth at all times, they will be notified by email whenever a buyer sends a message or requests to schedule a meeting. Attendees will have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday,…

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