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Retail sales of chicken thighs jumped nine-fold in the past decade, and restaurants are buying more dark meat also. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. bought more than 115 million pounds of chicken in 2018, 600,000 lbs. more than it used in 2016, all of it dark meat. Demand is so high for thighs that prices have eclipsed the traditionally more expensive breasts. As of July 10, jumbo boneless, skinless chicken breasts were $1.13 a pound, and the equivalent boneless, skinless thighs were $1.24, reported Bloomberg. Full Story
Publix Super Markets can move forward with its planned $400 million distribution center in Greensboro, NC. The company had to wait a year on a water protection variance, reported Progressive Grocer. Full Story
The Kroger Co.'s consumer insights firm 84.51° launched a new analytics tool, Stratum, to capture customer behavior and retail performance measures fueled by transactions in 50% of U.S. households. The data includes both brick-and-mortar stores and online transactions. Full Story
Giant Food introduced the Community Bag Program, a reusable-bag initiative powered by Bags 4 My Cause. The program is designed to enable customers to help nonprofit organizations in the region while reducing single-use paper and plastic waste in the environment.Full Story
Tops Friendly Markets expanded home delivery services to additional markets in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. This expansion brings the overall number of Tops stores with the home delivery program to 142. Full Storyread more
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