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FTC allows Amazon, Whole Foods deal to proceed

Whole Foods Market shareholders and federal regulators gave the OK to the $13.7 billion deal, which is expected to be completed in the second half of the year. Read more at CNBC…

 

Cold food, hot air

Supermarkets are some of the biggest commercial building electricity users—and on average, more than half of their energy  bills are spent on cooling people and food. So it makes sense that the EPA is making a push to convince grocery stores to fix their leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems that are destroying the ozone layer, and make refrigeration more efficient so it’s less harmful to the climate. It started with the GreenChill Partnership, which was started to find companies with creative ways of preventing leaks so they could help other supermarkets. But the industry has been slow to adopt new systems with the ability to reduce climate footprint. In 2015, an environmental nonprofit called the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council formed to encourage utilities to incentivize use of natural refrigerants for customers. The EPA also released a study detailing low-tech fixing solutions for leaks. Read more at Scientific American…

 

Best practices for organics at retail

Understanding the entry points for shoppers and keeping a close eye on the price spread between organics and conventional are keys for retailers to make the most of organics in the produce aisle, according to suppliers. Read more at The Packer…

 

A wild vision of the future run by Amazon and Whole Foods

We all have questions about what the outcome of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal will look like. Argodesign, an Austin-based design firm, provides some fodder with a series of mockups that includes an “Echo Fridge,” a food scanner that could detect allergens and pathogens, and a smart garbage bin. Read more at Co.Design…

 

Welcome to the jerkaissance

Products that utilize responsibly raised meats are driving the boom in dried meat snacks, according to Packaged Facts, like The New Primal’s cage-free chicken jerky and Vermont Smoke & Cure’s snacks made with meats raised without antibiotics. Read more at Outside…

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