1-on-1 With Fresh Encounter’s Michael Needler

WGB’s May Endcap guest reflects on the silver lining that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has enabled families to see the “tremendous value—both financial and intrinsic—with eating meals together.”


Romney Wants Temporary Increase in Restaurant Workers' Pay

The Utah Republican said the “bonus” would give the employees of essential businesses an incentive to work rather than collect unemployment.

Applauding the public’s newfound appreciation for our industry’s—indeed, our nation’s—essential grocery workers.

Kroger, Leevers Supermarkets and Dave's Markets offer front-line grocery workers the opportunity to receive a daily paycheck during the pandemic.

Stressed on time and pay, misunderstood and now fearful, workers often feel "burned out," but there are strategies that can help, the author says.

The retailer joins the international union's call to request extended first responder status for essential grocery employees.

After officials ordered a 14-day closure of a Sioux Falls, S.D., pork processing plant that became an epicenter of COVID-19 infections, Smithfield warns of dire impacts on the food supply chain. "We are either going to produce food or not," CEO Kenneth Sullivan said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, plant worker safety is paramount, similar to their retail counterparts.

As the coronavirus-related death toll among grocery store employees continues to rise, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is calling for the immediate standardization of CDC safety protocols for retailers, food processing facilities and pharmacies.

Retailers relying on the CDC for COVID-19 guidance may find anxious employees who believe their abundance of caution may not be enough. "If you take too long to respond, you’ve lost the battle," as one worker put it.

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