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October 20, 2016

1 Min Read
5@5: Retailers pump up produce departments | Chinese firms reportedly court GNC

Supermarkets' best weapon against e-tailers: Produce

Recent surveys have found that people who don't grocery shop online most often say it's because they like to pick their own produce. So brick-and-mortar retailers are stepping up their game with improved lighting, a staff that's better trained to care for produce, and decor that's reminiscent of a farmers market. Read more at Wall Street Journal...


GNC reported to be courted by Chinese buyers

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that GNC has met with a range of Chinese buyers, including an investment firm and pharmaceutical companies. China is a growing market for supplements, as shoppers there become increasingly health conscious but skeptical of nutritional products made in the country. Read more at Benzinga...


Former VC raises $3.5M to launch Ritual, vitamin subscription startup aimed at women

Just-launched Ritual has one product—a multivitamin for women that includes omega-3s, iron, magnesium, B12 and more—that it's selling direct to consumer in the form of a monthly subscription. Read more at Forbes...


Cargill's food empire adapts to a changing world

"The food industry could have handled the non-GMO debate in a more constructive way," says the CEO of Cargill in this interview, which addresses GMOs, climate change and farmers. Read more at Wall Street Journal...


Chipotle eats itself

Post-food safety scare, the fast-casual chain lost nearly one-third of its restaurant sales. Here's how it's trying to lure skeptical customers back with a direct mail blitz, coupons, short films and more. Read more at Fast Company...

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