MDARD Issues Consumer Advisory for Certain Lots of Pepsi Products Due to Adulteration with Metal Flecks

By Michigan Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development Out of an abundance of caution, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today issued a consumer advisory for certain lots of Pepsi products. An investigation initiated by a consumer complaint determined some of the products contained metal flecks due to a malfunction of equipment during…

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rule

White House signals a delay in the agency’s final menu-labeling rule, set to take effect on May 5th NACS Online On April 28th, the U.S Food and Drug Administration submitted an interim final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that signals a delay in the agency’s final menu-labeling rule, set to…

Michigan Summertime Low RVP Gasoline Restrictions

  By Craig A. VanBuren, Director // Michigan Dept. Agriculture & Rural Development Section 10d of the Motor Fuels Quality Act limits the vapor pressure (evaporative tendencies) of the gasoline sold or dispensed in Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties from June 1 through September 15 each year to not more than 7.0…

Prepared Foods Will Continue to Drive Growth

by Karl Smith/SVP-member value, Produce Marketing Association // the Shelby report Prepared meals in supermarkets have gone from an intriguing trend to a force to be reckoned with. Who is driving this trend? Millennials, of course. And they are driving it with gusto. According to the Food Marketing Institute’s “The Power of Fresh Prepared/Deli,” a survey of…

Central Grocers Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Kristen Cloud // The  Shelby Report Central Grocers Inc. on May 4 announced that the company and all of its subsidiaries have voluntarily elected to file for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company said it intends to use this court-supervised process…

Growlers at Retail Food Establishments  

A new regulation has been passed into law allowing the use and marketing of “Growlers” within retail food establishments. Under Public Act 514 of 2016, qualified retailers may now provide on-site filling of growlers. “Growler” means any clean, refillable, resealable container that is exclusively intended, and used only, for the sale of beer for consumption…

Fresh Departments Continue to Dominate Grocers’ Differentiation Strategies

PG’s Annual Report reveals top in-store drivers   By Bridget Goldschmidt // Stagnito Business Information Is fresh overrated? Well, no. Although nonperishable products have definitely gained traction as part of a distinctive in-store experience, to differentiate themselves meaningfully, grocers must still primarily think fresh. In rating the most successful departments, 67.1 percent of respondents to…

Goodbye, Candy Counter: CVS Embraces Store Redesign

Nathan Bomey , USA TODAY Three years after abolishing tobacco sales, the nation’s largest drugstore chain is reducing space devoted to junk food and general merchandise. CVS Health plans to accelerate a store renovation project, devoting more floor space to nutritious food and health products. CVS executives said recently that they would implement the new format at several hundred stores by…