Health and Wellness

Fresh Food

New Players, Price Parity and More Meatless Chicken: Where Plant-Based is Headed Next

Forget the "hot vax summer." It's time for faux-chicken-nugget fall. Plus, where does lab-grown meat stand to gain ground? Look to the seas, says Bloomberg Intelligence's Jennifer Bartashus.

Retailers

Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle Extends Commitment to Health, Wellness

The new service, an extension of Hy-Vee Financial Services that launched in June, allows customers to shop and enroll in Medicare plans throughout the retailer’s eight-state region.

In its latest report, FMI–The Food Industry Association found that 84% of retailers now offer wellness activities for both employees and customers—a considerable increase from 49% in 2019.

New innovations emphasize attributes such as zero sugar, superseeds, immune support, low calories and more.

Walmart is bringing back its quarterly Wellness Days, offering immunizations and free health screenings, ahead of the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Retailers and consumers are paying more attention to nontoxic wellness.

Retailer hires physician Daniel Fick to oversee its existing health and medical initiatives, as well as the development of new services and offerings for its customers and employees.

The discounter, whose growth has at times accompanied scrutiny over its effects on community health, has hired a chief medical officer and will expand healthcare assortments in what it calls a "major first step" in healthcare.

The Ahold Delhaize brand said the subscription-free boxes would support ambitions to increase healthy offerings and support local farmers.

Heinen's has launched Club Fx, an innovative health and wellness program that includes dietitians who will assess the nutritional value of shoppers' carts and pantries.

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