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Grocery Chain Does a 180 on Masks

Winn-Dixie will require them after all

(Newser) - The parent company of Southern supermarket chain Winn-Dixie said Monday that it is reversing its policy and will now require customers to wear masks at its stores to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the AP reports. Southeastern Grocers Inc. said the requirement will go into effect next Monday.... More »

Sticker Shock at the Supermarket? You're Not Alone

Price of groceries just saw record-setting spike due to coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - With most Americans sheltering at home as they wait out the coronavirus pandemic, you may have noticed that while your eating-out tab has gone down, your supermarket bill has gone up. It's not in your head: The monthly consumer price index has been released by the Bureau of Labor... More »

Man Who Used KKK Hood as Face Mask Is Off the Hook

Police say their hands are tied after supermarket incident in Santee, Calif.

(Newser) - A white man pictured wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood at a supermarket near San Diego will not face charges. An investigation into the May 2 incident at the Vons in Santee didn't uncover enough evidence for police to pursue charges, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said... More »

5 Grocery Workers Die in Michigan

Some 30 employees have died nationwide, with many more exposed

(Newser) - Five grocery store workers have succumbed to COVID-19 in Michigan. Kroger confirmed four employees at separate locations in metro Detroit (Northville, Troy, Grosse Pointe, and Livonia) had died, while Meijer confirmed the death of a worker at an undisclosed location. "These are believed to be the first known deaths... More »

Restaurants Find New Way to Survive

And it's catching on nationwide

(Newser) - Charlene Gulliford at the Gandy Dancer never figured there would come a day when the Michigan restaurant known for its steaks and seafood would sell toilet paper and cartons of eggs, but the coronavirus has restaurants in survival mode, the AP reports. The Ann Arbor restaurant now doubles as a... More »

'Disgusting' New Trend Can Sicken People, Wildlife

People are littering the landscape with gloves, masks, and wipes used to fight coronavirus

(Newser) - From California and Texas to New Hampshire and New York , there's a "new, disgusting trend" cropping up around the coronavirus, and it's a potentially dangerous one. The Washington Post and other outlets report on the "small pops of color" suddenly showing up in parking lots, by... More »

Cops: Woman Arrested for Licking Groceries

Police say she ruined $1.8K of merchandise

(Newser) - In behavior that would have been deeply wrong even before the coronavirus pandemic, a California woman allegedly licked groceries and jewelry inside a Safeway in South Lake Tahoe. Police said in a statement that they were called to the store Tuesday and an employee informed the officers that the woman... More »

Your New Grocery Store: Panera Bread? Kind Of

Chain hopes to generate incremental revenue through sales of select grocery items

(Newser) - When Panera Bread shifted to takeout and delivery only in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, half its business evaporated, says CEO Niren Chaudhary. This week starts an effort to get some of it back. CNBC reports that as of Monday consumers are able to order some groceries through "... More »

New Worry: Grocery Workers Now Dying

At least 4 killed by coronavirus in recent days

(Newser) - Grocery store employees are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic—and now they're dying. The Washington Post reports that at least four have died from COVID-19 in recent days, and many more have tested positive. The deaths include:
  • A Trader Joe's employee in Scarsdale, NY, with
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Instacart Tries to Head Off Walkout by Worried Workers

Group dismisses grocery delivery service's promise to provide hand sanitizer on request

(Newser) - A possible strike by Instacart workers highlights the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the grocery delivery business, with workers worrying about their safety as they try to meet a surge in demand for online groceries. A group called the Gig Workers Collective is calling for a nationwide walkout Monday,... More »

$35K in Food Dumped After 'Twisted Prank' in Grocery Store

Woman went around coughing on everything as a joke, store co-owner says

(Newser) - A "very challenging day" at a Pennsylvania grocery store started with a cough and ended with more than $35,000 worth of food being dumped. USA Today reports on the incident Wednesday at Gerrity's Supermarket in Hanover Township, where a woman reportedly came in and "proceeded to... More »

New Teen 'Trend' Might Spread the Coronavirus

Virginia police say teens coughed on produce in a grocery store

(Newser) - Oh, that's nice: Coughing on grocery-store produce during the coronavirus. That's what police say a group of teenagers did at a store in Purcellville, Virginia, while shooting video of the dirty deed. "The group of juveniles was seen by another patron, taking video of themselves," Deputy... More »

2 States Have a New Name for These Workers

After all, grocery clerks are serving an essential need during a pandemic

(Newser) - Your local grocery clerk may just have a new designation: emergency worker. That's what Minnesota and Vermont have decided as they add grocery clerks to the list of emergency personnel who get free child care, Mother Jones reports. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is telling closed schools to keep providing... More »

Trader Joe's Founder Dead at 89

Joe Coulombe, who started quirky grocery store chain, died after a long illness

(Newser) - Joe Coulombe, the "Joe" behind the Trader Joe's name, died Friday at the age of 89 at his home in Pasadena, Calif. His son Joseph confirmed his death after a long illness to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times . Coulombe had been the owner of a... More »

First-of-Its-Kind Amazon Store Is Missing One Key Thing

You won't find cashiers at the Amazon Go Grocery store opening in Seattle

(Newser) - Tuesday's likely to be a big day in Seattle's Capitol Hill district, where Reuters reports that the first Amazon Go Grocery store is opening, with just one thing missing: cashiers. Customers simply walk into the 10,400-square-foot site—smaller than the 40,000 square feet or so found... More »

Supermarket Scraps Very Bad Idea to Gauge Uniform Sizes

Albert Heijn apologizes after asking employees to submit photos of themselves in underwear

(Newser) - When it comes to the question "How can we figure out sizes for our employees' new work uniforms?" one business came up with possibly the worst answer: Ask workers to submit scantily-clad pictures of themselves. Albert Heijn, the leading supermarket chain in the Netherlands, asked employees at one branch... More »

A New Kind of Apple Is Coming

It's called the Cosmic Crisp

(Newser) - They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero, or the title of a Grateful Dead song. It's a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1, the AP reports. Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in... More »

Cashier Didn't Think Anyone Noticed His Good Deed. They Did

David Vance quietly paid for elderly man's groceries out of his own pocket after the customer's credit card kept getting declined

(Newser) - David Vance tried to pull off a subtle act of kindness for someone in financial straits last month, but someone noticed, posted about it online, and now the grocery store cashier in Northern Ireland is being hailed around the world. Vance, who works at a Lidl in Belfast, was working... More »

Meal Kits Better for Planet Than Grocery Shopping

It comes down to food waste: researchers

(Newser) - Despite arriving on your doorstep enclosed in plastic and cardboard, meal kits are generally better for the environment than a meal cooked at home with ingredients from a grocery store. In fact, store meals on average produce 33% more greenhouse gas emissions than meal kits bought from the likes of... More »

Speed Is a Perk at America's Favorite Grocery Store

It also touts a 'rich private brand offering'

(Newser) - "Your neighborhood grocery store" is also your favorite, according to dunnhumby's second annual Retailer Preference Index . Some 7,000 US households were surveyed on 56 of the largest grocery stores to find out which have the top mix of financial performance and consumer emotional attachment. Consumers—who reported... More »

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