Ghost Kitchen Market May Reach $1 Trillion

Ghost kitchens could create a $1 trillion global opportunity by 2030, according to research from Euromonitor, reports Restaurant Dive. Ghost kitchens are facilities that produce food only for delivery with no dine-in or customer facing areas. By making delivery cheaper, faster, and more reliable, ghost kitchens could capture 50 percent of drive-thru service, 50 percent of takeaway foodservice, 35 percent of ready meals, 30 percent of packaged cooking ingredients, 25 percent of dine-in foodservice, and 15 percent of packaged snacks. “We expect in the current pandemic we’ll see more of…

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UFCW, Health Experts Call for Nationwide Mask Mandates

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has joined over 100 health experts in a call to enact public mask mandates in all 50 states to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In a full page advertisement in the New York Times, the organization shared recent research that suggests that public mask wearing is most effective at stopping the spread of the virus when the vast majority of the public uses masks. In a statement, UFCW International president Marc Perrone said, “As COVID-19 spikes across the country continue to…

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Amazon Debuts Smart Grocery Cart

Amazon is introducing Amazon Dash Cart, a smart grocery cart designed for small to medium-sized grocery trips, according to the retailer’s website. The cart will be available for use at Amazon’s new grocery story in Woodland Hills, California, which will open later this year. The cart enables users to bypass the checkout line by employing computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion to identify the items that a shopper puts in the cart. When the shopper exits through the Dash Cart lane in the store, the sensors identify the cart and the…

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Grubhub: Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Plant-Based Burgers Most Popular

The spicy chicken sandwich has been the most popular delivery item of 2020 to date, rising almost 300 percent in popularity among customers, according to Grubhub’s State of the Plate report. Plant-based burgers, vanilla shakes, iced lattes, and chili made up the rest of the top five most popular delivery items. Looking ahead, Grubhub predicts that miso tofu bowls, quinoa taco salads, mushroom burgers, cajun wings, and buffalo chicken empanadas will be the top choices for the fall season of 2020. The mushroom burger, specifically, has seen a 150 percent…

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Purchase the Latest State of the Specialty Food Industry Research

The Specialty Food Association, working with Mintel, has released its 2020-2021 Edition of the State of the Specialty Food Industry. The annual research helps companies make data-driven business decisions by exploring the market and where it is going based on sales forecasts in key categories, and how the specialty food consumer is evolving. Critical this year is the impact of COVID-19; analysis and supply chain commentary put the data in context of the pandemic and its effects on the industry. You can purchase the State of the Specialty Food Industry Full Report…

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Chipotle Tests Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Chipotle Mexican Grill will test Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice at 55 restaurants in Denver and throughout Wisconsin starting July 15. This plant-based option aligns with fast-casual restaurant’s “Food with Integrity” standards, according to Chipotle. “To date, one out of three new menu item requests from Chipotle customers is for Cauliflower Rice,” said Chris Brandt, chief marketing officer, in a statement. “We’ve answered the call from fans and created a better-for-you option that puts a delicious twist on our classic white rice recipe by using the same fresh cilantro and lime ingredients…

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Meijer Opens 5 Supercenters | News

Meijer has opened five supercenters across Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. In addition to the traditional shopping experience, the 159,000-square-foot stores feature the Shop & Scan program, which allows shoppers to scan barcodes via a mobile app and bag their items as they shop, as well as both grocery delivery and pickup options. These new stores reinforce our ongoing commitment to serving the needs of communities at a time when everyone is looking for a one-stop shopping experience,” Keyes said. “We look forward to providing our customers with fresh options and…

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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Launches Same-Day Delivery

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has launched same-day grocery delivery in 30 metropolitan markets across the Midwest by partnering with Shipt, reports Supermarket News. This will enable more than 10 million households to order groceries online from Fresh Thyme and have items delivered that day. “Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a staple for healthy, convenient and budget-friendly living,” according to Joe Manning, chief business officer of Birmingham, Ala.-based Shipt. “Partnering with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market gives us the opportunity to provide an additional layer of ease by bringing fresh and healthy…

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Baldor Adds Meals Delivery from Local Restaurants

Produce and specialty food distributor Baldor Specialty Foods has begun offering meal kits from New York City restaurants to consumers in an expansion of the direct-to-consumer business the company launched earlier this year. The new Restaurant Series features a handful of dishes from four of Baldor’s restaurant clients: Hearth Restaurant, Jeffery’s Grocery, Crown Shy, and Hill Country Barbecue Market. The move follows Baldor’s entry into home delivery in March of this year, when it began offering a variety of meat, produce, dairy products, and specialty grocery items to consumers in…

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FDA Study Finds Many CBD Products Are Mislabeled

The FDA has found that many products containing CBD are mislabeled and contain significantly more or less CBD than advertised, reports Food Business News. A preliminary study by the organization found that nearly a quarter of food products did not meet their label claims. The FDA randomly tested 200 tinctures, oils, capsules, edibles, drinks, and pet products containing CBD. Nearly half were found to contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. Of the 20 food and beverage products tested that had a specific amount of CBD listed on the label,…

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