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More Meals at Home, But Less Meat in Baskets, IRI Finds

Consumers pulled back on restaurant dining in August, but inflation may be affecting what's going in their grocery cart, new IRI research indicates.

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Retail, Grocery Groups Raise Concerns About Federal Vaccine/Testing Mandate

Leading retail and consumer-goods groups are seeking further guidance and assistance from the federal government in response to the announced mandate, which the Retail Industry Leaders Association called "a colossal undertaking."

In a Q&A, California Grocers Association President and CEO Ronald Fong discusses the lessons 2021 is teaching, and shares thoughts about what needs to happen to help grocers now.

The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index fell 13.4% from July and is down 5.1% from August 2020.

Customer survey by e-commerce provider Rosie further finds that 80% of shoppers plan to continue placing grocery orders online at the same rate or more in the coming 12 months.

Effective Aug. 3, Target will require masks for team members in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission as defined by the CDC.

"We know vaccinations are our solution to drive change," the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer—the country's largest private employer—stated in a memo to staff.

Vivek Sankaran says digital engagement, e-commerce and remote work are three sticky trends that "could be very positive” for the industry.

The association's Power of Health and Well-Being in the Food Industry report examines consumers' growing interest in health and wellness, as well as retailer progress and support.

In a sprint to meet federal vaccination goals, the retailer will offer five $1 million prizes and give away free groceries.

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