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  • 3/30/2022

    Metabolic Meals Offers Personalized Nutrition

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    In a move that may well herald how consumers will routinely access better-for-you foods, health technology company Lumen has partnered with Metabolic Meals, a chef-made organic meal service. The largest metabolic measurement platform in the world, Lumen is now giving users the option to have a personalized nutrition plan, driven by their breath measurement, delivered straight to their doors.

    “It’s the first time we’ve provided ready-to-eat meals based on real-time metabolism measurements as we take personalized nutrition into the future,” said Barak Alon, business product manager at New York-based Lumen. “We’re tailoring nutrition for our customers, down to the last macronutrient.”

    Added Alon: “We found that many of our customers claim they want to save time and have access to more low-carb meal options, and this partnership enables us to deliver on that.”

    St. Louis-based Metabolic Meals delivers a variety of healthy chef-based meals featuring fresh ingredients, including organic, grass-fed meat, that correspond to Lumen’s nutrition recommendations as verified by metabolic experts and Lumen-registered dietitians. The service includes measuring a consumer’s metabolism through the Lumen device and the creation of a personalized meal plan according to whether the consumer is burning fats or carbs, with all hand-picked ready-to-eat dishes delivered by Metabolic Meals.

    The Lumen/Metabolic Meals initiative is available nationwide for Lumen customers, starting at $139 with free shipping. Each box of five meals contains 15 dishes based on five protein meals and 10 side dishes. The Lumen device is available online, starting at $249 for a six-month subscription, renewing at $19 monthly. Users can download the app free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Lumen is also fully integrated with Apple Watch and Garmin wearable devices, enabling users to get real-time notifications to measure their metabolism after workouts and track the impact of their exercise on their ability to shift into burning fat.

  • 3/31/2022

    Erewhon Teams With Sameday Health

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    Los Angeles-area organic grocer and café Erewhon has launched a partnership with Sameday Health, a COVID-19 testing and nationwide health care provider. The new partnership enables Erewhon members to access such benefits as 30% off any appointment, including house calls, and a complimentary first vitamin shot, valued at $50. Erewhon members can redeem the Sameday Health discount by entering their email on the Erewhon website’s Member Page.

    Combining a human approach with intuitive technology, client-centered Sameday Health opened its first clinic in Venice, Calif., at the height of the COVID pandemic, and is now providing expanded same-day health care at locations in Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York; Miami; Washington, D.C.; Boston; and other cities. Along with COVID testing, Sameday Health offers a wide range of health-and-wellness services, including virtual therapy and primary care, IV drip therapy, vitamin injections, health assessments, and STD testing. 

    Erewhon is an independent family-owned market with seven current locations across Los Angeles, including Calabasas, Fairfax/West Hollywood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Silver Lake, Venice and Studio City, and two currently planned future locations in Beverly Hills and Culver City. It was named among Progressive Grocer’s 2022 Outstanding Independents.

  • 3/31/2022

    Annual Stop & Shop Campaign Supports Childhood Cancer Patients

    Annual Stop & Shop Campaign Supports Childhood Cancer Patients

    Stop & Shop has launched its 21st annual “Help Cure Childhood Cancer” campaign to raise funds for MSK Kids, the pediatric program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

    The campaign, which has raised more than $26 million to date, supports childhood cancer research that impacts children and their families at Memorial Sloan Kettering and around the globe. Shoppers can donate at checkout at every Stop & Shop location, with 100% of proceeds going toward MSK Kids.

    “We are proud to have supported and funded life-saving treatments and research at MSK Kids for the past 21 years,” said Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid. “The goal of this campaign is to ensure that families at Memorial Sloan Kettering receive the best care possible for their children, and year after year, our customers step up and do just that.”

    Based in Quincy, Mass., the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC employs 58,000 associates at more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam, Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize, is the parent company for Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. companies, consisting of Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Co. and Hannaford, as well as e-grocer Peapod; Retail Business Services; and Peapod Digital Labs. Operating more than 2,000 stores across 23 states, Ahold Delhaize USA is No. 10 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables.

  • 3/30/2022

    Natural Grocers Returns as Sponsor for Rattler Racing

    Natural Grocers Returns as Sponsor for Rattler Racing

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. is returning as a sponsor for Rattler Racing 2022 events.

    Colorado-based Rattler Racing started in 2015 with a simple grass-roots midweek mountain bike-racing series. Since then, it’s seen exponential growth in participation and added new sanctioned events to its lineup, including cyclocross, junior-focused races, a stage race, and a new gravel race for 2022. With each season, its focus remains on putting together quality, family-friendly events while maintaining that grass-roots feel.

    Participants in this year’s Rattler Racing season kickoff can look forward to getting a free Natural Grocers reusable goody bag and Natural Grocers Brand Chocolate bar. Nutritional Health Coaches from the grocer will also be on-site to talk nutrition with athletes and to hand out bottled water, coupons and Natural Grocers samples.

    In addition, the healthy grocer has a bike-racing team that will once again compete and volunteer at this years events – the first race being "The Bear" on April 2 at Bear Creek Lake Park, Colo.

    The Natural Grocers Cycling Team consists of almost 100 members, encompassing all disciplines of cycling. The team invites cyclists to join them for local club rides throughout Colorado, Arizona and Kansas City.

    With more than 160 stores in 20 states, Lakewood, Colo.-based Natural Grocers is No. 95 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer's 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.

  • 3/29/2022

    Gimme Adds New Features to VMS Platform

    Gimme Adds New Features to VMS Platform

    Living up to its name, Gimme is providing more solutions for grocery delivery operators as they face their own surging demands. The tech company is adding features on its vendor management system (VMS) platform to improve warehouse inventory management.

    The enhancements come at a time when many retailers and warehouses are grappling with continuing supply chain issues. Updates include different tools to improve warehouse fundamentals and three new features related to warehouse rationing, product visualization and order calculations.

    For warehouse rationing, the platform can now determine if an item will run out before the next delivery and then provide options to intelligently redistribute remaining inventory. Gimme also designed a new AutoPar feature that helps users visualize the ideal number of products differently by intelligently calculating warehouse product data based upon user-defined duration of days. The third new feature uses intuitive, days-based AutoPar calculations, along with real-time on-hand inventory and the estimated delivery date of the next order, to automatically calculate the number of each product to order.

    "Being shorted products at the warehouse level are the headwinds that frustrate our customers and put revenue at risk. Markets have now become the biggest drivers of revenue. This update not only provides our customers with critical data, it also actively suggests the right answers to confidently handle product shortages,” explained Cory Hewett, Gimme’s co-founder and CEO.

    In addition to making improvements for inventory management, Gimme is working on an AI-powered schedule suggestion tool to alleviate labor-related issues.  

    Gimme’s VMS platform is described as “device agnostic” and can be used with smartphones, tablets and Windows PC systems. The platform uses live field data to provide greater accuracy and control over product inventory in multiple warehouses and ensures stable operation when offline.

  • 3/29/2022

    Eataly Ends Operations in Russia After Ukraine Invasion

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    Internationally known Italian retailer and restaurant Eataly has decided to end its franchise agreement in Moscow because of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

    The Eataly store that has been operating in Moscow was the only one in Russia. According to the retailer, the decision to dissolve operations in Moscow is a way to show solidarity with Ukraine and to condemn the war. 

    “As we continue to monitor the situation and support the people of Ukraine, Eataly will be working across all our locations in North America and EMEA, and network of suppliers to provide critical supplies, donations of food and other fundraising initiatives,” said Nicola Ferinetti, CEO of Alba, Italy-based Eataly.

    Inspired by an idea sketched on a piece of paper and following five years of research and hard work, the first Eataly opened its doors in Torino, Italy, in 2007. Since it was first established, the franchise has opened 39 stores around the world, including Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Arabia, Germany and Turkey. 

    In related news, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused instant-needs platform Buyk to go dark after it lost access to Russian capital in the wake of crippling sanctions, while many food retailers in the United States and elsewhere have launched relief efforts in support of Ukrainians.

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