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5@5: Dollar General pivots toward healthy food options | Cauliflower trend dominates grocery stores

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Dollar General tries to make healthy food more accessible

The retailer famous for its low prices is shifting its focus toward “better for you” items from brands such as Nature Valley, Kashi, Annie’s and Honest. The initiative has been performing better than was expected, according to the company, and the chain plans on rolling out these items to more stores in 2019. Read more at CNN …

 

Why trendy cauliflower products will soon dominate the entire grocery store

 

Within the last two years, the “humble, Charlie Brown-headed cauliflower” has exploded in popularity. Consumers see the vegetable as truly versatile, as it can be a roasted whole as a chic centerpiece, incorporated into popular Keto diets and stuffed into latkes for the health-conscious Hanukkah crowd. Even Oprah’s gotten in on the trend with her line of frozen cauliflower-crust pizzas. Read more at Fast Company  …

 

Self-described ‘Willy Wonka’ buys shuttered Brooklyn food incubator Pilotworks

Australian chef Adam Melonas of Boston-based food research lab Chew is backing the reopening of the Brooklyn food incubator once known as Pilotworks. Vendors who were abruptly kicked out of Pilotworks after its sudden closure in October have expressed high levels of interest in re-entering the space in order to have the ability to produce goods during the busy holiday season. Read more at Eater 

 

Supermarket to offer children free fruit every day

Food waste is emerging as a top concern for consumers, and supermarket Morrisons has come up with an initiative to both help children get their five-a-day and reduce the amount of unsold produce that gets thrown out. The chain expects to give away at least 40,000 pieces of “child-friendly” fruit such as bananas, apples, sweet clementines and satsumas.  Read more at Grimsby Telegraph ...

 

Opening of first Publix college campus store a ‘change-maker’ for USF

A Publix has opened on the University of South Florida Tampa campus, and is the first of the popular grocery chain’s store to ever open on a college campus. USF chief operating officer John Long stated that the school wanted “somebody who has strong staying power and a sizeable balance sheet.” Students even woke up before 7AM on opening day “to be among the new store’s first shoppers. Read more at Tampa Bay …

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