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Fresh Food

Grocers' Meat Sales, Volumes Off in April, But Not By as Much as March

Prices for fresh meat, by contrast, were up 5.1% year over year in the latest survey from Chicago-based market researcher IRI.

Fresh Food

Feedstuffs Rising: Producer Prices Jumped in April

Producer prices for beef, pork and chicken as well as animal feed are up by double-digit percentages year over year, amid what the Consumer Brands Association calls a "perfect storm" of rising costs.

With more U.S. consumers getting vaccinated and venturing out to more fully reopened restaurants, grocery stores' price increases slowed in April.

ELM Foods is looking to an AI-enhanced, recipe-driven approach—and a plant-based focus—to stand out in an increasingly crowded grocery delivery marketplace.

Higher costs for logistics and raw materials, as well as a challenging labor environment, create major headwinds for the second half of the fiscal year, the company says.

"Guest demand for plant-based options is higher than ever," Target says in debuting a plant-based expansion of its Good & Gather grocery brand.

The retailer announced that it increased diverse supplier spend 21% in 2020 and is debuting a guide meant to help small businesses pitch to and secure partnerships with retailers.

The retailer launched an interactive, food-focused activity series for kids in partnership with Netflix and Michelle Obama's new "Waffles + Mochi" series.

Grocery stores were part of the story in April's weaker-than-expected jobs report, with food and beverage retailers losing 49,000 jobs for the month.

One dietary trend doesn't fit all, FMI and IRI leaders noted in a fresh foods-focused webinar, and retailers need to help guide consumers toward the foods and meal solutions that will help them address their personal nutrition concerns.

Schnucks Rewards customers can donate all or a portion of their rewards points to one of several not-for-profit organizations focused on community health and education and financial opportunities.

The retailer's expansion of its Pure Balance premium pet-food label focuses on veterinarian-formulated products targeting specific nutrition concerns.

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