Top Grocery Retailer and Food Supply Chain News Dec 1-15
By iFoodDS Team
December 15, 2021
Here is our bi-weekly roundup of the latest food industry news. In the weeks of December 1-14, grocers continued to expand their operations internationally and to delivery services, an investigation on supply chain disruption was launched, and a study on why grocers should invest in fresh produce was released.
FTC Launches Investigation of Grocery Industry During Supply Chain Disruptions
The Federal Trade Comission launched an investigation and ordered nine large retailers, wholesalers and consumer good suppliers to provide information on their operations to understand what is causing current supply chain disruptions.
Ahold Delhaize’s Launches Pilot Program to Show the Effects of a Dry Misting System
Ahold Delhaize has been sharing best practices across all their brands. As part of the initiative, they implemented a pilot program that shows the positive effects of dry misting on fresh produce.
Survey: Why Grocers Should Invest in Fresh Produce
According to a new survey of food industry executives, the fresh department is the No. 1 strategic component of their companies’ overall revenue growth plans for the next one to three years.
Dollar General to Expand Internationally
Dollar General will begin its first international expansion and aims to open 10 stores in Mexico by the end of 2022.
FDA Proposes Changes to FSMA’s Ag Water Rule
A proposed rule from the FDA would change requirements for pre-harvest pathogen testing of irrigation water. Under the rule, growers would need to annually assess potential problems and implement resolutions.
Kroger Will Open Fulfillment Center in North Carolina
Kroger announced the addition of a new fulfillment center in North Carolina, powered by the Ocado Group. The new center will combine vertical integration, robotics, and machine learning to provide fast fresh food delivery services.
Sysco to Acquire The Coastal Companies
The global foodservice distribution company, Sysco Corporation, announced an agreement to acquire The Coastal Companies, a leading fresh produce distributor and value-added processor from Continental Grain Company.
Ahold Delhaize USA Expands Instacart Delivery Services
All Ahold Delhaize USA supermarket chains — Stop & Shop, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Food Lion and Hannaford — now provide 30-minute delivery of convenience-oriented products via Instacart.
Fresh Del Monte Launches New Avocado Brand
Fresh Del Monte launched New Goodvocado™ Avocados. The new line product offers single and packages of avocados in assorted sizes.
FDA Releases Plan, Independent Review to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response
FDA released the Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan to enhance the speed, effectiveness, coordination, and communication of investigations into outbreaks of foodborne illness.
DoorDash Ultra-fast Grocery Delivery Services
DoorDash is introducing ultra-fast grocery deliveries in 10-15 minutes beginning with DashMart in New York City.