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User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Distribution :: Stores
Last updated: Dec 05 2018 18:04 IST RSS 2.0
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Column: How did a 3-year-old pizza get delivered by Instacart? 24.11.2020 LA Times: Business

A Beverly Hills woman used Instacart to buy frozen pizza from Ralphs. What arrived had expired in 2017 and smelled "like when you go to the bathroom," she said.

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Panic buying’s back with COVID-19 surge, but food companies, TP makers are ramping up supply 24.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
A spokeswoman said the maker of Charmin continues “to work around the clock to produce product as quickly as possible.”
BevMo acquired in $350-million deal as booze deliveries surge 6.11.2020 L.A. Times - Technology News

SoftBank Vision Fund-backed GoPuff's $350-million acquisition of BevMo will give it an entry to the California market.

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Former Walmart exec brings ride-share technology to fresh produce transport 27.10.2020 GreenBiz.com
Former Walmart exec brings ride-share technology to fresh produce transport Jesse Klein Tue, 10/27/2020 - 01:00 Hwy Haul co-founder and CEO Syed Aman knows fresh produce is the future of grocery stores. It’s one of the few categories that still drives shoppers to buy in-store. But some points in the supply chain for fresh produce are still stuck in the dark ages. Using his experience at Walmart, Aman is dragging trucking into the digital age with the added bonus of reducing food waste and eliminating unnecessary transportation emissions.  The trucking industry is fragmented and driven by individual relationships, according to Aman. Hwy Haul is trying to unite every stakeholder — shipper, trucker and retailer — in one place. Hwy Haul's app digitally connects growers with fresh produce to truckers who can deliver the loads to buyers around the country. According to Max Gorobets, associate director of transportation for Lakeside Produce , one of Hwy Haul's clients, before the app, would have to get on the ...
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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Suburban Cook County under tougher COVID-19 restrictions starting Wednesday 26.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
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Farm-fresh produce delivered to your door? Because of COVID-19, a growing number of services are offering just that. 26.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The pandemic-driven decline in dining out has had a silver lining for home cooks: The high-quality produce and meats typically destined for restaurants are finding their way to people’s kitchen tables. Fresh Midwest, owned by one of Chicago’s top restaurant produce distributors, will home-deliver fresh meat, produce and other goods.
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Chicago-area grocers stock up to ward off shortages as COVID-19 cases rise. ‘We’re always chasing one thing to the next.' 24.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
After being wiped clean of goods like toilet paper, canned food and hand sanitizer at the start of the pandemic, Chicago-area grocery stores and suppliers are stocking up to avert shortages as coronavirus cases rise in Illinois.
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here’s why your food bills are still stubbornly high. 22.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Food prices that spiked during the summer have started to fall as supply and demand pressures caused by the pandemic ease. But some items remain much pricier than usual, pinching the budgets of millions of Americans who can ill afford higher grocery bills.
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L.A.-area Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores fined for coronavirus violations 1.10.2020 LA Times: Business

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, found that a Ralphs in Culver City as well as one in Sherman Oaks each failed to report a worker's death due to coronavirus. A Food 4 Less store allowed too many customers inside and workers could not maintain a safer six feet of physical distance.

Berkeley To Be First US City To Ban Junk Food and Candy in Grocery Checkout Aisles 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The city of Berkeley, California, is trying to make its residents healthier. As part of a health initiative, Berkeley is getting ready to become the first city in the US to require large grocery stores to stop selling junk food and candy in checkout aisles. The new rule is expected to go into effect March 2021.

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Column: ‘It’s like we’ve been living in a pandemic all along.’ COVID-19 and recent looting add to setbacks for long-neglected North Lawndale. 13.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
North Lawndale has been at the bottom of nearly every economic indicator. So when COVID-19 came knocking, the doors of the West Side neighborhood flung open.
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New Amazon Fresh grocery store format about to open in California — and soon the Chicago area 31.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Amazon gave some customers a preview of its Woodland Hills, California, Amazon Fresh store. And future Fresh locations are planned for elsewhere in California, Seattle and the Chicago suburbs.
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Seafood City dining guide: Find all the best Filipino street food, from crispy chicharon to whole fried fish, at this one-of-a-kind supermarket and food court in Chicago 27.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
As Seafood City launches an app for takeout and delivery due to COVID-19, Chicago fans of Filipino food can grab ube cake, Jollibee and more.
Kamala Harris Brings Food Justice To the Democratic Ticket 22.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Just four days before Senator Kamala Harris became the first woman of color chosen as the running mate of a major U.S. political party’s (presumptive) presidential nominee, she co-authored an op-ed in CNN calling on grocery store chains to reinstate “hazard pay.”

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There's a big appetite for farm-to-consumer shopping 21.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
There's a big appetite for farm-to-consumer shopping Jim Giles Fri, 08/21/2020 - 01:45 Avrom Farm sits in the hills above Green Lake in central Wisconsin. With 5,000 chickens, 200 pigs and six acres of vegetables, it’s a minnow in an industry dominated by an increasingly small number of producers and processors.  In March, a stay-at-home order hit the region. In just a week, the restaurants the farm sold to shut up shop, and local farmers’ markets closed. That might have been the end for Avrom. But then something interesting happened. Owner Hayden Holbert cleared space in a corner of his barn and created a tiny fulfillment center, the back-end operation for an online store and delivery service that he had quickly set up. Then he added products from nearby farms to the site.  Soon his digital business outgrew the barn and had to be moved into a newly constructed hoop house. In a few weeks, business online had pretty much compensated for the losses from restaurants and markets. Now Holbert is raising money ...
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Poll: Pandemic health concerns, costs alter use of ride-sharing, delivery apps 21.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Fear of contracting the coronavirus led many who once traveled in shared vehicles to stay home, and grocery delivery services struggled to keep up with demand.
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In another troubled time, Englewood continues efforts to transform 14.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Englewood residents and organizers have big plans for a construction project that will be home to a Fresh Market grocery and food co-op, the first step of a redevelopment that aims to transform vacant lots and abandoned buildings into amenities that include the food store, a recycling operation, a health center, a business incubator, mixed-use housing, a job training site and a restaurant.
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If you're in love with Trader Joe's, its stances can also break your heart 5.8.2020 LA Times: Business

The controversy over Trader Joe's ethnic-sounding brands shows how today's increasingly polarized society puts the whimsical grocery chain in a tough spot.

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Grocery workers' union reports 28 coronavirus cases at Westlake Food 4 Less 5.8.2020 LA Times: Health

The union that represents grocery-store workers in Los Angeles has reported 28 coronavirus cases at a Food 4 Less in Westlake, saying the store has failed to enforce protocols to protect workers.

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Food giveaway in Fountain Valley helps families deal with coronavirus 28.7.2020 LA Times: Health

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley put on a food giveaway at Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park to help out families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

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