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Posted on April 27, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Dillon, MT-based Great Harvest Bread Co. filed an objection with FTC over JAB Holding's acquisition of St. Louis, MO-based Panera Bread Co. Great Harvest claims the deal will give Panera an unfair advantage because the chain would have a monopoly ... Read More

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Albertsons is reportedly exploring a takeover of Whole Foods. According to sources familiar with the matter, private equity funds that own Albertsons, including Cerberus Capital Management, have held talks with bankers regarding the transaction. C ... Read More

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Spring has sprung, and across the country, produce farmers are gearing up for the 2017 season.

North Carolina strawberry farmers are preparing for the second harvest, picking the crop at least two weeks early because of warm February tempe ... Read More

Posted in Fruit   Produce   Crops  
Posted on April 20, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

There's no question that soda sales are on the decline, as consumers are looking for ways to cut down on sugar consumption and improve their health. There are also many cities beginning to  ... Read More

Posted in Soda   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on April 19, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Health proponents hail them, and sweetened beverage makers demonize them: so-called "soda" taxes are popping up across the country, and they are creating waves in the food industry. However, the question of whether or not the taxes on sugar-sweete ... Read More

Posted in Soda   Coca-Cola   PepsiCo   Berkeley   Tax   Washington  
Posted on April 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) filed a petition with FDA to delay the effective date of a rule on food labeling.

The ... Read More

Posted in NACS   NGA   CSPI   Washington   Labeling  
Posted on April 17, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Even though the retail food sector seems more tumultuous and uncertain as the years go by, grocers are more optimistic than they've been in recent years, according to Progressive Grocer's  ... Read More

Posted in Grocery   Retail  
Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Just two days ago, Jana Partners increased its stake in Whole Foods Market to 8.3%, up from approximately 7.2%. This news caused a flurry in the the industry as as analysts, experts and competitors all began to predict what this might mean for the ... Read More

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It's a few days until Easter Sunday, and it's a pretty important time for grocers looking to sell a variety of items. From asparagus to strawberries, from ham to lamb, and from eggs to seasonal candies, many U.S. shoppers will be filling their bas ... Read More

Posted in Easter   NRF   AFBF   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on April 11, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Good Eggs tried to set itself apart by offering online ordering of products from organic, locally grown or produced farms. However, the company’s founders said it grew too quickly before figuring out the logistics of that growth. As a r ... Read More

Posted in Good Eggs   Grocery   Delivery  
Posted on April 10, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It is high... it is far... it is... off the wall for a double.

Local Yankee fans have been blessed with the voice of John Sterling as the voice of radio broadcasts since 1989. Known for his over-the-top, personalized home run call ... Read More

Posted on April 06, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

As food industry mergers and acquisitions hit a 15-year high in 2016 to reach 505 deals, it looks as if businesses have no plans to slow down in 2017. Moving into the second quarter of the year, we are seeing a large jump in activity, with many hi ... Read More

Posted on April 05, 2017 by Chris Campbell

April is upon us, and up here in the Northeast, we are all smiling as the late-season snow has melted away. My beloved Yankees are sitting at .500, and the long campaign that is the Major League Baseball season is just beginning. And that means on ... Read More

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Online shopping can be an extremely convenient and useful tool for shoppers looking to buy everything from groceries to household items to clothing. However, if you don't have a credit or debit card, it can make online shopping more inconvenient t ... Read More

Posted in Amazon