Pesticide makers say new additive can combat dicamba drift
On the heels of an appeals court ruling that effectively banned dicamba on the basis that it should never have been approved by a federal court to begin with, Bayer and BASF are attempting to reintroduce dicamba-based products that have anti-drift additives included in the formula. The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to determine whether the additives are sufficient to put dicamba-based products back on the market; meanwhile, Bayer is still trying to sell farmers its treated, herbicide-resistant seeds for the banned herbicide. Get the scoop at Modern Farmer ...
Topical CBD products outpace edibles
Food retail stores have been fairly quick to introduce topical CBD stores to their shoppers due to overwhelming demand for the ingredient in recent years, but CBD dietary supplements, pet products and edible items are still being held back by a lack of federal guidance. Retailers reported to FMI that CBD products performed best when merchandised in the health and beauty section, followed by the pharmacy section. Learn more at Winsight Grocery Business ...
Panera Bread becomes first national chain to label entrees as climate friendly
Panera is the first national restaurant chain to signify its climate-friendly menu items. After doing an analysis of its offerings, 55% of the chain's entrees earned the climate-friendly badge. The United Nations released a report last year that found a whopping 37% of global greenhouse gases can be attributed to the global food system. Read about the pioneering move at CNBC ...
Pilgrim's Pride to pay $110M to settle charges of fixing chicken prices
One of the biggest poultry producers in the U.S., Pilgrim's Pride, has agreed to pay $110.5 million to settle federal charges that it conspired to fix chicken prices and passed on higher costs for chicken products to grocery stores, shoppers and restaurants. The agreement included a provision that the Justice Department would not bring any more charges against Pilgrim's Pride on the matter at hand. The New York Times has the details.
Dollar General to open new stores targeting wealthier shoppers
Dollar General's new store aims to cater to female suburban shoppers living in higher-end neighborhoods. This model will be larger than the retailer's typical convenience stores, and will offer seasonal specials, "surprising deals" and limited-time items. The majority of these products will be priced at $5. CNN reports on this new demographic.