Top Grocery Retailer and Food Supply Chain News Jan 1-14
By iFoodDS Team
January 14, 2022
Here is our bi-weekly roundup of the latest food industry news. In the weeks of January 1 – 14, the International Fresh Produce Association officially launched, CPS funded 12 new projects, and trends for retailers to watch out for in 2022 were released.
7 Trends that Will Shape the Grocery Industry in 2022
The first part of a series of key trends that will shape the grocery industry in 2022 was released by Grocery Dive. Quick deliveries and automation are some of the trends the industry will experience this year.
International Fresh Produce Association Officially Launches
Co-CEOs Tom Stenzel and Cathy Burns launched the new International Fresh Produce Association and provided insights into its future.
Costco Named the Store with the Best Customer Experience
According to the recent Qualtrics’ 2022 Experience Index, a survey that ranks companies on how well they serve their customers, Costo earned the top stop as the retailer with the best customer experience.
CPS Funds 12 New Research Projects
As part of their ongoing efforts to help answer the industry’s produce safety concerns, The Center for Produce Safety funded 12 new research projects. Topics of the projects include risk evaluation and mitigation of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, Cyclospora control, and sanitation for harvesting bins and picking bags.
H-E-B Expands Curbside Pickup
H-E-B’s newest store in Houston, TX opened the largest curbside facilities for the company. The new curbside pickup has 26 parking spaces.
Walmart Doubles Delivery Grocery Services
Walmart announced plans to expand its grocery delivery service InHome to 30 million US households by the end of the year.
Grocers Focus on Healthy, Nutritious Offerings
Grocers and specialty retailers announced health-offerings to start 2022, leaning into customers’ New Year’s resolutions of healthy eating and focusing on their well-being.
FDA Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Changes to Ag Water Requirements
FDA will hold two virtual public meetings to discuss the proposed rule “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption Relating to Agricultural Water”. The public can evaluate the rule and submit comments during the meeting.
Survey Reveals Grocers’ Expectations for 2022
Supermarket News surveyed over 130 grocers to identify their expectations and concerns for 2022. Grocers are confident the fresh produce category will be the most successful category.