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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Recipe -
2 teaspoons butter 2 heads cauliflower 2 heads broccoli 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups milk 1 tablespoon mustard powder 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 pinch paprika, or to taste
recipes  fresh_produce  dairy  cheese  vegetarian  Thanksgiving 
october 2017 by jerryking
15-Minute Recipe: End-of-Summer Gazpacho With Olive-Oil Croutons
Sept. 7, 2017 | WSJ | By Kitty Greenwald.

Gazpacho With Olive-Oil Croutons
Total Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4

2 large, ripe, juicy tomatoes, cored
1 shallot
2 Persian cucumbers, or 1 medium Kirby cucumber, seeded and peeled
1 stalk celery
1 red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
1½ cloves garlic
+ 1/2 sweet red onion
1½ tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional
½ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 cups roughly torn sourdough bread without crust
2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil leaves
soups  gazpacho  recipes  summertime  fresh_produce 
september 2017 by jerryking
The Amazon-Walmart Showdown That Explains the Modern Economy - The New York Times
Neil Irwin @Neil_Irwin JUNE 16, 2017

The decision by Amazon and Walmart to compete for my grocery business — as well as for space in my closet — is a tiny battle in a war to dominate a changing global economy.

And for companies that can’t compete on price and technology, it could cost them the shirt off their backs.....[Amazon's purchase of high-end grocery chain Whole Foods places it] on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy.

Each one is trying to become more like the other — Walmart by investing heavily in its technology, Amazon by opening physical bookstores and now buying physical supermarkets. But this is more than a battle between two business titans. Their rivalry sheds light on the shifting economics of nearly every major industry, replete with winner-take-all effects and huge advantages that accrue to the biggest and best-run organizations, to the detriment of upstarts and second-fiddle turn...this has more worrying implications for jobs, wages and inequality.

Amazon vs. Walmart

Both want to sell everything!!!!

Walmart is buying Bonobos, an omnichannel innovator. Its website and online customer service are excellent, and it operates stores in major cities where you can try on garments and order items to be shipped directly. Because all the actual inventory is centralized, the stores themselves can occupy minimal square footage. The acquisition helps Walmart build expertise in the very areas where it is trying to gain on Amazon.

Walmart and Amazon have had their sights on each other for years, each aiming to be the dominant seller of goods via omnichannel.

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods helps it to understand the grocery business which has a whole different set of challenges from the types of goods that Amazon has specialized in heretofore.

A Positive Returns-to-Scale World
The apparel business has long been a highly competitive industry in which countless players could find a niche.....any shirt-maker that tried to get too big rapidly faced diminishing returns.It would have to pay more and more to lease the real estate for far-flung stores, and would have to outbid competitors to hire all the experienced shirt-makers. The expansion wouldn’t offer any meaningful cost savings and would entail a lot more headaches trying to manage it the digital economy, rather than reflecting those diminishing returns to scale, show positive returns to scale: The biggest companies have a huge advantage over smaller players. That tends to tilt markets toward a handful of players or even a monopoly....The apparel moving in the direction of being like the software business (high fixed costs, zero variable costs, enormous returns to scale)..... the reason why Walmart and Amazon are so eager get into the shirt business is because retailers know that they need to figure out how to manage sophisticated supply chains connecting Southeast Asia with stores in big American cities so that they rarely run out of product. They need mobile apps and websites that offer a seamless user experience so that nothing stands between a would-be purchaser and an order....Larger companies that are good at supply chain management and technology can spread those more-or-less fixed costs around more total sales, enabling them to keep prices lower than a niche player and entrench their advantage....large companies will invest in automation/robotics...the future of clothing/apparel might be a handful of companies with the very expensive shirt-making robots---and everyone else shut out in the cold.

What It Means for the Economy

A relative few winners are taking a disproportionate share of business in a wide range of turn may help explain why the income gap has widened in recent years. How much on income inequality is driven by shifting technology — as opposed to changing corporate behavior, or loose antitrust policy — is an open debate.
increasing_returns_to_scale  winner-take-all  fixed_costs  variable_costs  Amazon  Wal-Mart  Whole_Foods  retailers  economics  Bonobos  shirts  mens'_clothing  omnichannel  apparel  digital_economy  automation  robotics  competitive_landscape  market_concentration  barbell_effect  income_inequality  antitrust  market_power  corporate_concentration  grocery  fresh_produce  supermarkets  large_companies  UX  inventory-free  global_economy 
june 2017 by jerryking
Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion - WSJ
By Austen Hufford
Updated June 16, 2017

While grocery accounts for a large component of consumer sales overall, online retailers have largely been unable to fully crack the code. They face hurdles like consumers wanting to pick their own produce and the need to deliver fresh and frozen food to people’s homes.

Adding a network of grocery stores could help Amazon tackle those issues. Whole Foods has roughly 450 locations spread out across 42 states. The move could allow Amazon to reach customers closer to their homes and even sell more than just groceries. Amazon’s bookstores also sell its electronic products like book readers, tablets and media streaming devices.
Whole_Foods  Amazon  grocery  supermarkets  fresh_produce  AmazonFresh 
june 2017 by jerryking
Big-Name Food Brands Lose Battle of the Grocery Aisle - WSJ
By Annie Gasparro
Updated April 30, 2017

America’s packaged-food giants are losing the battle for retailers’ shelf space, complicating their efforts to break out of a yearslong slump. Instead of promoting canned soup, cereal and cookies from companies like Kraft Heinz Co. Kellogg Co., and Mondelez International Inc., grocery stores are choosing to give better play to fresh food, prepared hot meals, and items from local upstarts more in favor with increasingly health-conscious consumers. [Grocery stores] are seeking ways to... maximize return on our shelf space,..........[Grocery stores] like other retailers, aren’t giving up on big brands. But finding new ways to entice people to walk through the center aisles again is tricky.

Some brands are seeking ways to get their products into the fresh and prepared foods section of the store. But, Mr. Fitzgerald says: “If we overrun perishables with all the big packaged brands, we lose our competitive edge.”

Instead, retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are pressuring big brands to lower their prices as a way to attract customers..........Companies like Hershey and PepsiCo Inc. said they are working with retailers to be creative. “That’s a conversation we’ve been having with some of the retailers, to say ‘how can we help you rethink the center store so that we can bring growth back,” said Pepsi Chief Indra Nooyi on a conference call last week, when it reported declines in its Quaker Foods division. “Our hope is that with the rejuvenation of the center store, our categories will grow, too.”.......Big brands are increasingly focusing on improving profitability through cost-cutting and consolidation. Kraft and Heinz combined two years ago as slow growth spurred a need for savings. Kraft Heinz Co. has been able to cut more than $1 billion from the two predecessor companies’ budgets. Some analysts say Kraft Heinz’s sights could be set on Mondelez, which unsuccessfully attempted to buy Hershey last year... Kraft and Mondelez used to be part of the same conglomerate until 2012, when it was split in two.
grocery  supermarkets  brands  retailers  CPG  Kraft_Heinz  shelf_space  Kellog  Mondelez  Hershey  PepsiCo  prepared_meals  perishables  fresh_produce 
may 2017 by jerryking
The Next Hot Trends in Food - WSJ
Oct. 16, 2016
food  trends  fresh_produce  fruits  vegetables 
october 2016 by jerryking
Driscoll’s Aims to Hook the Berry-Buying Shopper - The New York Times
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Driscoll's  marketing  fresh_produce  perishables  fruits 
september 2016 by jerryking
Price of fresh produce to soar while loonie plunges - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
fresh_produce  pricing  OPMA 
january 2016 by jerryking
Changing face of fast food
 Fall 2015 | - Western Alumni | Daniel P. Smith
Changing face of fast food

by Daniel P. Smith
UWO  alumni  fast-food  fresh_produce  Freshii 
november 2015 by jerryking
A Seismic Shift in How People Eat - The New York Times

....Consumers are walking away from America’s most iconic food brands. Big food manufacturers are reacting by cleaning up their ingredient labels, acquiring healthier brands and coming out with a prodigious array of new products. ....Food companies can’t merely tinker. Nor will acquisition-driven strategies prove sufficient, because most acquisitions are too small to shift fortunes quickly. ....For legacy food companies to have any hope of survival, they will have to make bold changes in their core product offerings. Companies will have to drastically cut sugar; process less; go local and organic; use more fruits, vegetables and other whole foods; and develop fresh offerings. General Mills needs to do more than just drop the artificial ingredients from Trix. It needs to drop the sugar substantially, move to 100 percent whole grains, and increase ingredient diversity by expanding to other grains besides corn....a complete overhaul of their supply chains, major organizational restructuring and billions of dollars of investment, but these corporations have the resources.
food  foodservice  brands  supply_chains  innovation  shifting_tastes  Nestlé  Perdue  Tyson  antibiotics  trends  Kraft  supermarkets  fresh_produce  OPMA  consumer_behavior  General_Mills  iconic  consumers  McDonald's  ingredient_diversity  seismic_shifts  new_products  Big_Food 
november 2015 by jerryking
Tech City News: London to host first Food Tech Week
Weblog post. Newstex Trade & Industry Blogs, Newstex. Oct 1, 2015.

ProQuest Central: hackathon and food and distribut*

October will see the launch of London's first ever 'Food Tech Week' which will be celebrating all things food and facilitating tec...
London  United_Kingdom  product_launches  food  technology  hackathons  disruption  ecosystems  brands  fresh_produce  innovation  food_tech  from notes
october 2015 by jerryking
Ideas Ignite When Food System Actors and Burlington Techies Gather at UVM
19 Feb 2014 | Targeted News Service [Washington, D.C]

Proquest Central: hackathon and food and distribut*

The University of Vermont issued the following news:

Just the idea of a "hackathon" suggests a certain kind of energy -- creativity and cr...
ideas  hackathons  food  ecosystems  fresh_produce  OPMA  from notes
october 2015 by jerryking
Recipe: Root-to-Leaf Carrot Pasta - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015

Getting the most out of your vegetables has always been an economic necessity for restaurants. Today it’s evolved into the root-to-leaf movement, where chefs apply the nose-to-tail ethos in an herbivorous manner. Now leaves, stems and peelings destined for the green bin are ending up on your plate.

At Dirt Candy, a vegetarian temple in Manhattan, Amanda Cohen turns radish tops into a peppery pesto to serve with ricotta and the roots. In Toronto at Buca Yorkville, Rob Gentile takes it a step further flavouring fresh spaghetti with leaves from a tomato plant, an idea he borrowed from his friend Derek Dammann of Maison Publique in Montreal. It creates a verdant pasta al pomodoro and amplifies the sauce.
vegetables  fresh_produce  restaurants  Toronto 
october 2015 by jerryking
Ontario Tender Fruit Lab
October- December 2014

Found by Googling "challenges import exotic fresh produce ontario"
Ontario  fruits  fresh_produce  branding  organic  agribusiness  agriculture  farming  retailers  supermarkets  grocery  MaRS  sustainability  challenges  problems  solutions  farmland  local 
august 2015 by jerryking
Big retailers miss the mark on local foods » strategy
Tanya Kostiw May 28, 2015

if local products were more available, nearly 90% of those who value them would be willing to beef up their monthly grocery spend. Less than half of these consumers say large grocery chains stock and promote these products well, and ranked these retailers well behind farmers’ markets (91%) and independent stores (71%) in that area.

Large grocery retailers have yet to figure out how to be nimble enough to bring on smaller suppliers, which would lead to partnerships with more suppliers of this size, rather than with fewer larger manufacturers, says Graeme McVie, general manager and VP business development for Precima, LoyaltyOne’s data analytics arm.

And consumers (not just in Canada) are visiting more than one destination to address their varying needs, says McVie, offering the example of a shopper following a trip to the grocery store with a Whole Foods visit because they’re driven there for a particular reason – be it the proposition around organics or freshness, service or presentation.
local  fresh_produce  retailers  supermarkets  grocery 
june 2015 by jerryking
The incredible shrinking retail sector - The Globe and Mail
The incredible shrinking retail sector
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 12 2015

Entire categories of products are moving online, making many bricks-and-mortar stores redundant. Video and book stores are all but gone. Office supply, electronics and department stores are in retreat. A future without auto showrooms and movie theatres may be coming.

The era of the big-box store has peaked as city dwellers move back downtown, where space is at a premium.
Barrie_McKenna  retailers  size  mergers_&_acquisitions  downsizing  small_spaces  grocery  supermarkets  pharmacies  proximity  convenience_stores  store_footprints  post-deal_integration  bricks-and-mortar  consolidation  distribution_channels  Target  Wal-Mart  Loblaws  competitive_landscape  e-commerce  fresh_produce  perishables  big-box  supply_chains 
february 2015 by jerryking
The raw and the clicked
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retailers  grocery  supermarkets  e-commerce  BCG  Tesco  Amazon  fresh_produce  from notes
february 2015 by jerryking
Freshii's founder aims to kill fast-food rivals with kale - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 09 2015

Eating well isn’t cheap. Profit margins – already notoriously slim in the restaurant industry – are more difficult to manage with fresh produce, which can spoil. Freshii aims to manage its inventory so that nothing is thrown away; the best-managed locations have to discard 10 to 20 per cent of their ingredients to maintain quality. When a location hits 30 or 40 per cent of its stock going unsold, it has to adjust very quickly.

Besides that, fresh food is simply more expensive, meaning that a chain such as Freshii is unable to offer the price points that the giants such as McDonald’s can. Its fixed-ingredient menu salads, bowls, burritos and wraps range from $6.50 to $9.50. Custom items start at $5.99 for wraps and burritos, and $6.99 for salads and soups, but the addition of premium ingredients, such as avocado (99 cents), kale ($1), tofu ($1.49), or shrimp ($2.49) pushes up the price. So does choosing more than six veggie toppings, and sauces, such as sriracha and peanut .
Freshii  fresh_produce  restaurants  fast-food  fast-casual  founders  CEOs 
january 2015 by jerryking
Ugly fruits and vegetables are finally finding a home – on store shelves - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 18 2014,

How do co-ops handle traceability?
fresh_produce  fruits  vegetables  retailers  cooperatives  nonstandard 
november 2014 by jerryking
Holding onto your other assets when your number one asset walks away
JULY 2013 Lukasz Gorajek.

The marketing function for any business, particularly a fresh produce business, needs to take a holistic view of its role. When properly appreciated, marketing takes responsibility for the entire supply chain’s experience. Only after a positive ‘complete’ experience will customers and suppliers likely feel attracted, and loyal, to the business and not its key salespersons. Achieving this customer and supplier relationship with the company is, in my experience, the marketing team’s duty.

As a foundation, the marketing department needs to work with human resources to improve the customer and supplier experience across all touch points. Even the best marketing initiatives will underperform or fail if the best team is not available to execute marketing’s promise.
marketing  fresh_produce  customer_experience  thinking_holistically  moments_of_truth 
august 2014 by jerryking
Ugly fruit campaign prompts consumers to rethink what they buy - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 31 2014
Susan_Krashinsky  advertising  fruits  fresh_produce 
august 2014 by jerryking
Compliance with the Produce Traceability Initiative
August 13, 2013 | Food Safety Magazine |By David Freed.

The Product Traceability Initiative (PTI) was created by the Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association, in conjunction with the produce industry (suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice). The initiative envisions supply chain-wide adoption of electronic traceability for every case of fresh produce shipped for consumers.

Standard identification allows members of the produce supply chain to easily scan, obtain and register the data encoded in the bar code. In case of a recall, the source and span of affected produce can be quickly identified to reduce human risk. Products unaffected by recalls can be easily separated toreduce business risk.

Barcode print quality is fundamental to accurate identification. If a barcode doesn’t scan, packagers and retail customers must manually type in the human readable numbers. This process is time-consuming and prone to input errors. Retailers may reject cases that do not have clear bar codes and some may reject full pallets, leading to costly rework and possibly lost merchandise.
traceability  fresh_produce  compliance  food_safety  Waudware 
july 2014 by jerryking
Can America Learn to Love Misshapen Veggies? - Elizabeth Segran - The Atlantic

Daily Table, a grocery store he is launching this fall in Roxbury, a low-income Boston suburb. Rauch plans to salvage food discarded by supermarkets and sell it at very low cost to consumers who would not otherwise have the means to adequately feed themselves. If this experiment works, he plans to open stores like it around the country.

The main challenge in this endeavor involves acquiring nearly expired produce and circumventing legal restrictions against selling it after its expiration date.
grocery  supermarkets  fresh_produce  entrepreneur  start_ups  Trader_Joe's  product_launches 
july 2014 by jerryking
Fresh Produce Group Chooses NetSuite Over the Competition
Previous systems provided limited visibility into company financial performance.
Vital information had to be retrieved from multiple sources, leading to frustrating delays in financial and management reporting.
High levels of manual processing were required to maintain spreadsheets for forecasting and inventory management, which was costly and prone to error.
An inefficient paper-based inventory management system meant perishable produce was regularly wasted.
Hours were also lost every week locating pallets on the warehouse floor.
Non-financial staff had very limited access to vital business data needed to be more accountable in their roles.
fresh_produce  ERP  challenges  information  IT  perishables  OPMA  spreadsheets  inefficiencies 
june 2014 by jerryking
Vegetables are stealing the show
JUNE 03, 2014 | The Boston Globe Magazine | By Devra First  |   
vegetables  fresh_produce  Boston  restaurants 
june 2014 by jerryking
Loblaw plans to battle Amazon and Wal-Mart with online food operation - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 01 2014,

Food e-commerce is one of the last frontiers of online retailing in Canada – a tough sector to penetrate because of the added costs of keeping food fresh and handling a lot of low-cost bulky items, from canned pop to soup.
Loblaws  e-commerce  Marina_Strauss  AmazonFresh  fresh_produce  retailers  Wal-Mart  Amazon  contra-Amazon 
may 2014 by jerryking

Brian Peterson runs Wal-Mart's perishables, but he knows how to squeeze a tomato and argue in Sicilian when it comes to the products he buys. "Even though I work for the largest reta...
fresh_produce  Wal-Mart  perishables  OPMA  merchandising  from notes
march 2014 by jerryking
Wal-Mart not a big, bad food buyer after all
12/17/2005|Western Farm Press Vol. 27 Issue 25, p22-22. 3/4p |Harry Cline.

The article presents information on competition between Wal-Mart store Inc. and other companies in the food business market. According to a food business expert, Roberta Cook the traditional supermarkets have cut their food prices quality and service in order to compete with Wal-Mart store. She says that even after the merger between traditional supermarkets their stock market prices has still continued declined as compare to the prices of the Wal-Mart store. Cook told the National American Agri-Women's convention that supermarket merger mania and traditional grocery store price cutting have failed to dethrone Wal-Mart's supermarkets.
Wal-Mart  fresh_produce  supermarkets  grocery  price-cutting  consolidation  competition  Roberta_Cook 
march 2014 by jerryking
An Overview for the Fresh Produce Industry of Recall Insurance for Food Safety Events
Insurers writing this coverage include Chartis, XL Insurance, Starr, Crum and Forster, Zurich, Lloyd’s, and Caitlin
fresh_produce  insurance  product_recalls  food_safety  law_firms 
march 2014 by jerryking
Promoting Health With Enticing Photos of Fruits and Vegetables

Bolthouse Farms, which produces juices, smoothies and other items, has developed an exceptionally playful website,, that calls attention to such food inequities. The company, owned by Campbell’s, wants to generate more clicks highlighting the plight of those unpopular beets and other less trendy but nutritious fruits and vegetables.

It has devised an algorithm to track hashtags on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet and other mentions of 24 keywords for different vegetables, fruits and all those fatty, sugary favorites. Then, using alluring photographs, humor and music, the website lets visitors click on the Pomegranate Piñata, the Pizzabot or the Guac-a-Mole to get a sense of the numbers behind the item’s popularity on the web in real time....The Bolthouse algorithm checks for references to the keywords every 15 minutes. Of the 171 million posts picked up by the algorithm shortly before the site went live on Wednesday evening, 72 percent featured less healthy foods, while roughly 28 percent were accompanied by photos and posts of fruits or vegetables.

For example, the algorithm had spotted almost 13 million hashtags linked to posts with photos of pies by the time the website went live, compared to just 318,000 attached to posts featuring beets.... as more and more consumers make the connection between what they eat and how they feel and seek information about the ingredients n the foods they consume, food companies are increasingly trying to promote the healthiness and purity of the foods they sell.
fruits  vegetables  fresh_produce  diets  healthy_lifestyles  visualization  Bolthouse_Farms  social_media  algorithms  Twitter 
february 2014 by jerryking
Market Trends and Retailers’ Strategies in Fresh Produce
26-27 April 2007 | Dr. Marian Garcia, Kent Business School, University of Kent.

Suppliers of fresh produce are less able to differentiate their products at the consumer level
==> They are in a weak bargaining position as price differentiation is almost the only available strategy.

Impact on Fresh Produce Suppliers
* Despite increasing rationalization of the supply base, retailers are still able to switch volumes between suppliers of fresh produce.
* As a result, suppliers of fresh produce are often forced to accept low prices in order to get volume growth, which does little to improve their immediate and long-term financial performance.
* In response to consumer trends and marketing demands, innovative growers of fresh produce have increased their cooperation and involvement with buyers and other members of the supply chain to ensure their produce meet consumer expectations.
* Closer relationships between the various members in the supply chain, ensure information is shared and can be used to improve the competitive position of all members in that supply chain.
fresh_produce  marketing  trends  consolidation  information_flows  grocery  supermarkets  OPMA  strategies  retailers  Tesco  Sainsbury's  ASDA  supply_chains  private_labels  relationships 
january 2014 by jerryking
How Big Data Is Changing Food Consumption
March 7, 2013 | | SmartData Collective

big data food consumptionby Ana Andreescu from GoodData
massive_data_sets  mobile_applications  policy  food  Waudware  OPMA  fresh_produce 
december 2013 by jerryking
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