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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.

Fresh Food

Blue Apron Moves Into the Prepared Meals Business

Seeking to expand its portfolio and give shoppers more flexibility in meal planning, the meal-kit company is introducing heat-and-eat meals based on its recipes.

Cox Enterprises, the Atlanta-based media, communications and automotive company, is acquiring indoor farming specialist BrightFarms as it seeks to build a multibillion-dollar clean-tech business.

The Newark, N.J.-based vertical farming company is expanding with a 150,000-square-foot facility outside St. Louis, and it is partnering with Cargill on a research effort focused on more-sustainable cocoa production.

July was a continuation of recent trends for U.S. grocery shoppers, IRI reported, as consumers ate fewer meals at home, did more of their grocery shopping in-store and spent more time in the grocery store. How rising coronavirus cases may change things in August remains to be seen.

Convenience is evergreen among consumers’ top priorities, and especially for busy families, meal kits offer an excellent timesaving solution for quick-yet-high-quality meals.

Cargill and Continental Grain will take Sanderson private as part of a $203-per-share cash deal that will make Cargill a poultry power player in the U.S.

Schnucks will debut its small-format Schnucks Fresh concept in Jasper, Ind., on Aug. 18.

Organic produce had a banner year in 2020, but as health- and environment-conscious consumers pay growing attention not just to how products are made but also where they are produced, it isn’t the be-all, end-all.

Address consumers' top concerns about buying fresh produce online and offer meal-making inspiration to help get more fresh fruits and vegetables into digital shopping baskets, says PMA's Eileen O'Leary.

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