Christine LaFave Grace

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Fresh Food

A Harvesting Robot and the Future of Farming

Brandon Alexander, a grandson of field farmers and the co-founder of farm-tech company Iron Ox, on his mission to make produce production carbon-negative and "rebuild the whole damn system" using automation and AI.

CPG

CPG Demand Tops March 2020 Levels

The Consumer Brands Association reports that CPG demand in July and August beat the panic-buying levels seen at the start of the pandemic.

With consumers seeing fresh fruit prices up more than 10% since October 2020, "More than ever, it is important to make the case for the healthfulness of fresh produce in the diet," PMA's Joe Watson says.

Philadelphia's fourth Giant Heirloom Market will be among the new store openings capping off a year of growth for Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Co.

Traffic was—again—the key ingredient in Target's secret sauce for growth in the company's recently ended quarter, the Minneapolis-based retailer reported Wednesday.

Consumers all-too-familiar with the "prices up, inventories down" storyline look to Walmart for lower prices and bigger assortments, company executives say—and that's been a boon for grocery and other categories.

James Walker, who helped lead the rollout of ghost kitchens for hot-dog specialist Nathan's Famous, will oversee day-to-day operations for Buyk as the company's co-founders shift their focus to fundraising.

Walmart beat even optimistic sales expectations in a quarter where its massive scale and low-price-leader status helped it weather escalating inflation and supply-chain woes.

After piloting delivery through DoorDash at approximately 600 locations this summer, Dollar General now is offering the service at more than 9,000 stores across the country.

The Istanbul-based ultrafast grocery delivery service, now operating in nine countries, plans to expand to New York and Boston by year's end.

Asking retailers to work toward ETS compliance at the holidays "will only exacerbate ongoing labor challenges and worsen an already existing shortage of transport and supply-chain capacity," FMI's Sarasin says.

"Key performance indicators (KPIs) for monthly active users, order frequency, and average order value are rebalancing from the record highs of 2020," Brick Meets Click partner David Bishop says.

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