Navigating trucker shortages and other freight challenges can be difficult for the food industry, but Land O'Lakes has put several strategies in place to offset shipping issues, said Chief Supply Chain Officer Yone Dewberry. The company is increasing its use of technology to better track shipments, partnering with private fleets and collaborating with industry associations such as GMA and FMI to find solutions.
Taco Bell has begun hosting hiring parties to recruit employees in a tight labor market and fulfill its goal of adding 100,000 staffers by 2022. Applicants play games, get free food, participate in on-site interviews and have the opportunity to win gift cards as signing bonuses.
Meal-kit maker Chef'd has ceased operations and informed employees of layoffs, reportedly running through capital it had raised in recent months. "One company's financial woes are not necessarily indicative of a trend, but it brings to light the challenges in supporting the meal kit financial model," according to Rick Stein, FMI's vice president of fresh foods.
Southeastern Grocers has rolled out its updated loyalty program called SE Grocers rewards, to be available at all of its banners including Winn-Dixie and Harveys. The program will focus on letting consumers earn discounts on groceries and gasoline at participating stations.
Albertsons will send Paul Gossett, now running its Shaw's and Star Market banners in the Northeast, to Chicago to become president of its Jewel-Osco banner. Gossett will replace longtime executive Doug Cygan, who died on July 5.
The Manteca Unified School District Nutrition Education Department in California held its first Family Food & Wellness Expo, a free event that allowed students and their families to sample dishes served in school cafeterias. Parents also could set up prepayment plans or fill out meal applications during the event.
Mars Wrigley is creating new ways to sell candy after conducting research that found customers view the candy aisle as "disorganized, hard to shop and underwhelming," said Vice President of US Category Leadership Tiffany Menyhart. To boost sales, Mars Wrigley recommends employing multiple candy displays throughout stores, updating shelving strategies and positioning candy as a treat rather than a snack.
Chef'd discontinued operations this week following "setbacks in financing," said CEO Kyle Ransford in an email to employees. The firm had forged partnerships with Campbell Soup and Smithfield Foods, and its meal kits were on shelves at such retailers as Costco, Hy-Vee and Walgreens.
As it becomes harder to stand out as a brand in sports stadiums across the country, Coca-Cola is utilizing digital technology to help boost the user experience. The company has partnered with MVP Interactive to launch such tools as augmented and virtual reality activations during sporting events to interact more closely with fans.
- Page 1