Celebrity Chef to Boost Family Meals      

National Family Meals Month will have some star power to encourage Americans to add just one more family meal per week at home. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI)  has signed up celebrity chef Robert Irvine to help promote the trade association’s fifth annual observance this month.

The popular chef on TV cooking shows has become an advocate for promoting the importance of family meals. The author of Family Table will share his recipes and endorsement for the cause in syndicated food features and social media videos. To learn more, visit www.NationalFamilyMealsMonth.org.

Accenture and SAP Team for New Product Solution

Accenture and SAP are teaming to build advanced capabilities to more efficiently meet customer requirements and rapidly develop new products and services. The SAP Recipe Development application helps companies optimize supply chains for streamlined product development and reduce wasted resources.

Among the first companies planning to use the enhanced solution to its business is Nestlé. The world’s largest food and beverage company will use the new solution to more easily meet customer demand.

“Target-driven recipe development — the functionality that Nestlé product developers were dreaming of to design compliant recipes — is a revolution in terms of usability,” said Isabelle Caraux-Lambert, senior product manager for Specification to Product at Nestlé. “This work was an outcome of successful design thinking on the formulation area.”

New Scan-Based Trading Program for AWG

Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, has launched a scan-based trading (SBT) program for its members.

AWG’s technology partner is ReposiTrak, which provides visibility into out-of-stocks so direct store delivery (DSD) suppliers can take action to optimize on-the-shelf inventory. Additionally, AWG’s members and vendor partners will gain labor savings at the back door with expedited check in while also allowing members to free up valuable working capital.

“In today’s omnichannel world, it’s essential to the success of independent grocers to partner with their suppliers and share store data to enable more accurate store replenishment,” said Louis Stinebaugh, Vice President, Sales and Support for AWG.

Kroger Tests Plant-Based Meat Section

Kroger will place a plant-based meat section in the conventional meat department of 60 stores in Denver and parts of Indiana and Illinois. The test stores will create a plant-based meat set within the conventional meat department for 20 weeks to determine the impact to plant-based and conventional meat sales and to customer engagement.

The retailer’s partner in the test is the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the trade association representing more than 150 plant-based food companies.

Julie Emmett, senior director of retail partnerships for the association, said, “We are confident that this test will demonstrate that plant-based meat sales will increase even more when consumers have easier access to them.”



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