Stop & Shop makes Fast Company magazine’s top 10 list of food companies
QUINCY, Mass. — A Northeastern supermarket chain has made a business magazine’s list of the top 10 most innovative companies in the food industry.
Stop & Shop, one of the U.S. banners owned by Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold, said it had made Fast Company magazine’s list, thanks to such services as its Scan It! Mobile application, which the company bills as the first grocery app that allows customers to use their mobile device to scan, tally and receive personalized savings while they shop. The app was introduced in Stop & Shop stores in June 2011.
"Being recognized as an innovator by Fast Company for Scan It! Mobile is a tremendous honor," Stop & Shop New England division president Mark McGowan said. "Our goal is to make shopping easier for customers, and we are pleased by their positive response to the app. We’re proud to be held in such high regard with other pioneering companies."
Fast Company bases its list on research into what is creating a buzz in the marketplace and being covered in the media, Stop & Shop said. Other companies that appeared on the list included Starbucks and Chipotle.
Report: Consumers more interested in ethnic flavors
Americans are broadening their food horizons. ReportsnReports, an online market research reports library, published a new market research report titled “Packaged Food in the U.S.,” which indicated that ethnic food interest has drastically increased.
The report stated that the demand was mainly driven by the Millenial generation (born between 1980 and 2000), more consumers cooking at home due to the recession and the rise in commodity prices in 2008. It attributed the rise in interest to the growth of Asian and Hispanic populations, and increased TV and Internet exposure to other cuisines.
New Asian and Latin flavors have emerged in the frozen-ready meals and sauce segments. Spicy chili/pepper sauces sales topped all others in the sauces, dressings and condiments category in 2011.
The report covers a broad array of food market segments, including food service, breakfast cereals, canned/preserved food, chocolate confectionary, frozen processed food, and sauces, dressings and condiments.
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NDBN, Huggies make diaper pledge to American Red Cross
DALLAS — The National Diaper Bank Network and Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies brand have pledged to donate 1 million diapers to the American Red Cross to support the organization’s disaster relief efforts in the South and Midwest.
The NDBN and Huggies said the diaper pledge is in response to the recent tornadoes that recently struck communities across the country. Huggies’ contribution builds on the $1.5 million financial commitment made by parent company Kimberly-Clark to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Together, Kimberly-Clark and the Huggies brand will monitor ongoing relief efforts through its American Red Cross partnership and, where possible, continue to assist those families and communities rebuild in the aftermath of the recent tornado devastation.
"We want to ensure moms and dads are able to have access to clean diapers for their babies," Huggies director Aric Melzl said. "Clearly our neighbors impacted by these terrible storms are in desperate need right now and the Huggies brand is committed to helping these and any other families out during their time of need."