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Are meal kit delivery services as popular as they seem?
Are meal kit delivery services as popular as they seem?
New data from The NPD Group has revealed that, despite the increase in awareness and the buzz around meal kit delivery services, the trial of delivery kits remains rather low. Within the last year, only 3 percent of the U.S. adult population tried a me...
Pentagon: School lunch prices to increase for overseas military kids
Pentagon: School lunch prices to increase for overseas military kids
School lunch prices will go up for military kids stationed overseas who attend Defense Department schools, officials announced.
Dannon's nutrition commitments signal food and beverage manufacturer opportunities
Dannon's nutrition commitments signal food and beverage manufacturer opportunities
Dannon has announced progress on its nutrition-related endeavors as part of a three-year commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America. So far, Dannon has exceeded targets for goals related to sugar and fat reduction across its product lines, parti...
Is America ready for zero-waste grocery stores?
Is America ready for zero-waste grocery stores?
Conservation is the key to helping the planet, and unless we actively combat waste we cannot lessen the terrible burden our planet is under. The concept of the zero-waste grocery store has spread across Europe quickly, and now it's finally set to debut...
What millennials want: From customization to continuous snacking
What millennials want: From customization to continuous snacking
Whether it's choosing a car or deciding what to wear, millennials display a "pronounced proclivity for bold and confident individualism," according to Packaged Facts. But how does this impact their food choices, and how can manufacturers, retailers and...
Panel confirms first female officer for warfighting command
Panel confirms first female officer for warfighting command
The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of the first female officer to lead one of the military's warfighting commands. Members of the panel confirmed Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. The pa...
Is online food shopping the new 'convenience store'?
Is online food shopping the new 'convenience store'?
Online shopping has become a staple for many consumers, and it has moved beyond just clothing and electronics. According to The Harris Poll, 31 percent of Americans purchased food products online in the past six months, which works out to be 45 percent...
Top 10 functional food and drink trends from the US
Top 10 functional food and drink trends from the US
The rise of single male households and an aging population were the top two of 10 key food and drink trends that will dominate the food industry this year offering opportunities for manufacturers, according to the influential Chicago-based Institute of...
If war is hell, then coffee has offered US soldiers some salvation
If war is hell, then coffee has offered US soldiers some salvation
If war is hell, then for many soldiers throughout American history, it is coffee that has offered some small salvation. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Oatmeal for dinner and frozen yogurt for breakfast
Oatmeal for dinner and frozen yogurt for breakfast
It started with bacon, eggs and coffee. Seeing sales of the breakfast staples take off at other times of day, packaged-food marketers want to see if they can convince us to eat their breakfast items for lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert, too.
Senators unveil Veterans First Act
Senators unveil Veterans First Act
Senators took fresh steps in the slow effort to reform the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department and hold it more accountable just as news broke of a new scandal - cockroaches in food at a VA hospital in Chicago.
Can automation replace C-store employees?
Can automation replace C-store employees?
A minimum wage of $15 per hour would be a "tipping point" whereby automation could begin to replace employees in the retail workforce as early as the next decade, futurist Michael Rogers believes.
A modest tool to ward off crime
A modest tool to ward off crime
The convenience store environment is a unique business model for a security professional. So, when it comes to preventing crime and protecting our employees we know we need to consistently evaluate our current practices and think outside the box.
Bill to force Pentagon to shift to US-made sneakers may help New Balance
Bill to force Pentagon to shift to US-made sneakers may help New Balance
New Balance has been waiting for years for the Department of Defense to buy athletic shoes that are made in this country. If U.S. Representatives Niki Tsongas and Bruce Poliquin have their way, the Boston sneaker maker won't have to wait much longer.
Hormel sued over its 'misleading' use of term 'natural' on meat products
Hormel sued over its 'misleading' use of term 'natural' on meat products
Hormel Foods is facing a lawsuit that challenges its use of the word "natural" on several products including a line of lunch meats and bacon. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, claiming the...
Internship program offers hands-on experience in military setting
Internship program offers hands-on experience in military setting
Graduating college seniors interested in hands-on experience working with child and youth programs on military installations worldwide are encouraged to sign up for the Military Extension Internship Program.
Kmart's retail experiment is freaking out employees
Kmart's retail experiment is freaking out employees
Eddie Lampert's latest retail experiment has Kmart employees freaking out. The hedge fund billionaire-cum-Sears Holdings chief executive has started moving Kmart stockroom merchandise onto the sales floor. The move, according to the company, is aimed a...
GMO labels: Win, lose or draw?
GMO labels: Win, lose or draw?
A large number of Americans claim to want genetically modified organism labeling on the food they buy. In the face of Congress' years-long inability to put together any type of GMO legislation, states began taking matters into their own hands.
5 stunning C-store designs you might have missed
5 stunning C-store designs you might have missed
Retailer Jeff Miller is out to reinvigorate the Norfolk, Virginia-based Miller Oil Co. brand with a new store design and an improved store experience, including a self-branded fuel offer.
High ethanol blends come to terminals in US
High ethanol blends come to terminals in US
HWRT Oil Co. has announced that it will soon offer pre-blended gasoline with E15 at the terminal level. According to a report from Morning Consult, with this introduction, HWRT will become the first company in the U.S. to offer these blends at the term...
Explosive growth expected for produce processing market
Explosive growth expected for produce processing market
A new report predicts the global fruit and vegetable processing market will grow at an impressive annual rate of 7.9 percent through 2020, reaching a total revenue of $320 billion by that time. So what's behind this explosive growth projection? Let...
Kellogg taps protein and ancient grains trends with breakfast and snacks NPD
Kellogg taps protein and ancient grains trends with breakfast and snacks NPD
Kellogg has unveiled a raft of new breakfast and snacking products as it looks to tap key consumer trends including demand for protein and ancient grains.
Former JC Penney CEO: Why retailers should not give up on bricks and mortar
Former JC Penney CEO: Why retailers should not give up on bricks and mortar
The narrative that "everybody shops online so who needs physical stores" is dangerous to the future of retailing, former department store executive Allen Questrom warned on CNBC on Friday, following a recent a run of largely dismal retail earnings.
A look at the disruptive marketing trends for beverage sales
A look at the disruptive marketing trends for beverage sales
PepsiCo recently hired veteran CIO Jody Davids to steer its IT strategy going forward. What is particularly interesting is how this strategy will also lay the foundation for the marketing plan ahead. Davids will be taking her 35-year-career leadership ...
Nestle touts food waste reduction initiatives
Nestle touts food waste reduction initiatives
Nestle USA has joined other food companies, lawmakers and environmental advocates to support a joint effort in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to standardize date labels on food products sold in grocery stores. The purpose of the proposed ...
Convenience store chain goes on hiring spree
Convenience store chain goes on hiring spree
The fast-growing, family-operated convenience store chain announced plans to hire more than 8,000 employees companywide.
These 3 fashion retailers have signed up for the equal pay pledge
These 3 fashion retailers have signed up for the equal pay pledge
The United State of Women Summit took place in Washington, D.C., on June 14, a gathering that highlighted the need for continued dedication from American companies to provide equal pay and opportunities for women.
Lawmakers voice concern as more troops are sent to Middle East
Lawmakers voice concern as more troops are sent to Middle East
Fears are growing in Congress about the deeper U.S. involvement in the Middle East, sparked by President Barack Obama's decision to send 250 more special operations troops to Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State. "Whenever you have troo...
Ace Hardware loyalty program now deployed in grocery stores
Ace Hardware loyalty program now deployed in grocery stores
Ace Hardware Corp. is deploying its loyalty program in grocery stores that are also Ace outlets in a store-within-a-store configuration. The move is made possible via a collaboration between Ace Hardware and ProLogic Retail Services, the largest third-...
Study: Pentagon perpetuates stigma of mental health counseling
Study: Pentagon perpetuates stigma of mental health counseling
Even as troop suicides remain at record levels, the Pentagon has failed to persuade servicemembers to seek counseling without fears that they'll damage their careers, a stinging government review concludes. Despite six major Pentagon or independent stu...
Are retailers ready for shift to virtual reality shopping?
Are retailers ready for shift to virtual reality shopping?
A wave of virtual reality content is hitting the market this year and consumer adoption could quickly follow, bringing with it growing demand for shopping experiences using the technology, according to a new report from the Center for Advancing Retail ...
FDA extends comment period on treated produce assessment
FDA extends comment period on treated produce assessment
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended by 60 days the comment period on the risk of foodborne illness associated with eating produce from fields where raw manure is used as a fertilizer.
Infographic: What big grocery stores are doing to keep consumers coming back
Infographic: What big grocery stores are doing to keep consumers coming back
In the U.S., grocery store sales are a $600 billion industry. With a few key players offering essentially the same product, the industry is dominated by the brands that know how to endear themselves to consumers.
Momentum builds around repealing swipe fee reform
Momentum builds around repealing swipe fee reform
A move to repeal swipe fee reform is gaining steam among federal lawmakers, but the retail community isn't ready to go down without a fight. U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, introduced a bill, H.R. 5465, to repeal the section of the Consumer Financ...
Controversial plan to slash military housing allowance faces opposition
Controversial plan to slash military housing allowance faces opposition
Military advocates are baffled over a Senate plan to overhaul troops' housing stipends, saying the change appears unneeded and potentially crippling to family finances.
Building a better convenience store for the on-demand economy
Building a better convenience store for the on-demand economy
In today's on-demand world, everything from home cleaning to groceries are available at the touch of a button, and the breadth of products available at our fingertips just got wider thanks to startup goPuff. Co-Founded by Drexel University students Raf...
Top 10 most powerful retail brands
Top 10 most powerful retail brands
Nothing is more valuable to a retailer looking to build and maintain a loyal and profitable customer base than its brand. In fact, as consumers continue to change the way they shop, having a strong brand image that is synonymous with your offerings can...
How going green benefited my store
How going green benefited my store
Have you ever thought about making big changes to your store to make it even more "green." One New York grocery store recently used innovative technology to benefit the environment, which in return has benefited their bottom line.
Many companies lack insurance protection for cybersecurity
Many companies lack insurance protection for cybersecurity
According to the 2016 Risk Value report from NTT Com Security, the majority of global organizations agree that it is crucial for their organization to be insured against information security breaches; meanwhile, less than half are fully covered for bot...
Barnes & Noble opens a new chapter in food and drink
Barnes & Noble opens a new chapter in food and drink
Barnes & Noble Inc. would like you to raise a glass, literally, if you visit one of the four new stores it is opening within the next year. During an investor conference, the bookseller said the concept stores it's unveiling in fiscal 2017 will feature...
Congress divided on Army drawdown, troop pay raise
Congress divided on Army drawdown, troop pay raise
A key Senate panel supported the Obama administration plan to keep troop pay raises low and reduce the size of the Army in the 2017 defense budget.
A sneak peek at Wal-Mart's latest electronics department design
A sneak peek at Wal-Mart's latest electronics department design
To students of Wal-Mart, store No. 5260 in Rogers, Arkansas, holds a special place. For this isn't just any run-of-the-mill Wal-Mart box; store No. 5260, located down the interstate from corporate headquarters, has traditionally served as a retail labo...
Krispy Kreme unveils new line of C-store sweets
Krispy Kreme unveils new line of C-store sweets
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced a partnership with TSW Foods LLC to bring Krispy Kreme brand packaged sweet treats, such as snack bags, honey buns and single-serve pies, to convenience stores across the United ...
Baghdad international zone expediting service for US Mission Iraq
Baghdad international zone expediting service for US Mission Iraq
Department of State, Near Eastern Affairs Posts, U.S. Government Mission – Iraq. Please note that this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The requirement is for the providing of Baghdad international zone expediting service ...
US gluten-free market still growing in excess of 25 percent year-on-year
US gluten-free market still growing in excess of 25 percent year-on-year
Growth rates in the U.S. gluten-free market are slowing, but the category is still generating significant double-digit growth, says allergy-friendly brand Enjoy Life Foods.
The Pentagon is making a huge mistake on military retirement
The Pentagon is making a huge mistake on military retirement
The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act created the blended military retirement system for which the Department of Defense had been screaming. Now, the Pentagon is trying to gut its overall value and availability to junior enlisted and officers bef...
7-Eleven seeks to 'redefine convenience' with drones
7-Eleven seeks to 'redefine convenience' with drones
After achieving what it says is the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer's residence, 7-Eleven Inc. plans to eventually make the entire assortment of merchandise in its convenience stores available via an unmanned aerial vehicle.