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June 11, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
What would you order from Amazon's new grocery project ? For some of us, it's almost an existential question. Just as millions of Americans have taken to food shopping as a form of recreation (witness the crowds at your neighborhood farmers market), along comes a plan that treats it as drudgery and promises to relieve you of the burden. Drudgery? Well, sure, in some cases. But which ones? I have to admit the first time I read about the program, my first thought was: “The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills delivered to my doorstep?
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | Andrea Chang
Instacart is bringing its same-day grocery delivery service to Los Angeles, utilizing a crowdsourced model of personal shoppers who provide their own transportation and smartphones to shop for and deliver groceries to customers. Starting Thursday, customers can order groceries and other items from Whole Foods Market and have them delivered in as little as an hour. Additional stores will be added in the coming weeks; shoppers will be able to combine items from multiple stores into one order.
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BUSINESS
June 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest produce seller, is trying to keep pace with rival grocery stores by freshening up its selection of fruits and vegetables. On Monday, the Bentonville, Ark., mega-retailer unveiled a new initiative to speed up delivery of farm-grown goods from the fields to shelves by trimming many of its middlemen and buying 80% of its produce directly from local growers. The strategy strips out the time needed for third-party wholesalers to consolidate produce from farms before sending it off to the dozens of regional Wal-Mart distribution centers.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday will propose the first major revamp of nutrition labels in more than two decades, an update that would emphasize calorie information, include the amount of added sugars and revise serving sizes to reflect how people really consume food. The revision is aimed, in part, at addressing serious public health issues, including obesity and other chronic diseases. Administration officials believe the new labels could lead consumers to make more healthful food choices and encourage the food industry to reformulate some products, particularly those with high amounts of added sugar.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc., known for its speedy distribution of books, electronics and other consumer goods, is now trying to break open the grocery market. The AmazonFresh service, running since 2007 in the retailer's Seattle hometown, expanded to select Los Angeles ZIP Codes on Monday. The company is offering customers same-day and early-morning delivery on more than 500,000 products, such as apples, bread and even mozzarella di bufala from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2011 | By Emily Bryson York
Danny Meyer began doing most of the household grocery shopping when his fiancee started graduate school. Meyer goes to Whole Foods in Chicago for produce and specialty items, Jewel-Osco for staples and Trader Joe's when he needs to really stock up. He says he is not particularly brand-loyal and is susceptible to impulse buys. "I walk in and go with the flow of the store, going aisle by aisle," he said. "I like to walk through all the aisles even if I don't think I need anything there, because sometimes something will catch my eye. " Meyer, 35, is part of a growing contingent of men taking over grocery duty.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. shares are gearing up to hit the public market at higher-than-expected prices a day after Whole Foods Market Inc. let down Wall Street with its earnings. But when asked about the increasingly crowded natural and organic grocery space, Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter E. Robb told rivals: “Bring it on.” “I would just say we love competition,” he told a conference call of analysts. “I think we feel good about our chances going forward.” Robb's co-CEO, John P. Mackey, attributed the burgeoning field to “the nature of capitalism.” “Success breeds competition,” he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't long ago that Liz Lopez watched in dismay as the Vannord Shopping Center in her Panorama City neighborhood went downhill, losing its anchor, Valley Foods Warehouse, among a number of other tenants. So Lopez, 33, and her mother, Delmy Lopez, 65, made it a point to attend Friday's grand opening of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. They stood patiently with about 200 other soon-to-be shoppers, waiting for the speeches to end so they could push their carts through the store's sliding doors.
OPINION
June 29, 2007
Re "Another employee's butchered benefits," column, June 27 Steve Lopez is campaigning for the potential strikers of the grocery chains with his tear-jerk article about a meat cutter in a bind financially. By his reference, he also is promoting a group trying to get the government to force the grocery chains to give their employees more money and benefits -- socialism, yeah! The man, with his 3-year-old son, came out of a shelter in Long Beach to take an entry-level job at Vons for $7.55 as an apprentice meat cutter, and in two years moved up to head cutter at $17.38 an hour.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Lest men get lost in the feminine hygiene section or the towering array of probiotic yogurts, a New York grocery store has created a testosterone haven: a so-called man aisle stocked with all the goods a dude could desire. It's a supermarket man cave of sorts, according to the New York Post . The dedicated aisle at Westside Market NYC features steak sauce, condoms, booze, deodorant, razors and other gentlemanly necessities. The grocery store's selection of beer sits next to the special section, dubbed the "Aisle of Man. " Elsewhere in the market, customers can find more evolved fare, such as Apollinaris sparkling mineral water imported from Germany, organic produce and Kashkaval cheese.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Indiana police said Thursday that they had not yet determined a motive for the gunman who shot and killed a store employee and shopper at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart before he was killed by officers. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair , "may have had some type of relationship with the victims or the store" but they are still investigating, State Police Sgt. Trent Smith told the Los Angeles Times. Video surveillance shows Bair entering the store about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, wandering the aisles and peering at his cellphone before opening fire about 10:05 p.m., Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect. As of Wednesday, the thin, seemingly ubiquitous carryalls will be illegal for all large grocers to distribute. Small markets must follow suit in July. Customers will have to bring their own bags, buy reusable ones or purchase paper bags for 10 cents apiece. When L.A. passed its plastic bag ban in June, it became the nation's largest city to take this step.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Flora Castaneda marched in Inglewood. She marched with hundreds of fellow El Super grocery store employees, supporters and clergy, at a labor rally in the parking lot of the El Super at West Century and Crenshaw boulevards. And here's what the employees, whose contract expired in September, were lathered up about: Their work schedules and total weekly hours are in constant flux, so tending to family matters and managing second jobs are more than a little challenging.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Shan Li
Safeway Inc. shares have climbed for two straight days on speculation of a buyout offer just weeks after the grocery giant deflected another potential takeover. Buyout rumors erupted this week on reports that private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management was involved in discussions to acquire some or all of Safeway, which also operates the Vons and Pavilions chains. Cerberus currently owns a supermarket business that operates Albertsons and Shaw's. Investors responded by snapping up Safeway's stock, which rose nearly 10% this week to close at $36.06 on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Carson man was shot and killed late Thursday night after returning home with groceries, authorities said. The man had returned home in the 300 block of West 220th Street at about 11:30 p.m. and parked in a common parking area, where he was shot multiple times, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The victim ran into his residence where he collapsed and died from his injuries," the Sheriff's Department said. The man's identity was not immediately released.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
Like many grocery shoppers, Michele Ricketts dreads long checkout lines. But lately, she's been breezing by the cash register at her neighborhood Ralphs even with the usual crowds at the store. "In the last month, I have noticed it was faster," said Ricketts, 27, an actress from the Miracle Mile. "I thought I was dreaming. " She wasn't. To shave precious minutes off wait times, Ralphs has been installing technology to measure foot traffic in nearly all of its supermarkets.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Grocery stores and food companies have long focused their marketing efforts on women, believing the kitchen to be their domain. But maybe that should change, according to Gilles Marini. The French actor is known as "that shower guy" from the first "Sex and the City" film and more recently as a sultry contestant on "Dancing with the Stars. " Now, he's also the face of a new campaign from Nestle brand Buitoni. The Italian pasta and sauces company is trying to lure more men to the stove (and to its products)
BUSINESS
August 11, 2012 | By Shan Li
--Cheap chic retailer H&M is launching its housewares collection in the U.S. in early 2013. The collection, which is already available in Europe, will include moderately priced linens, cushions and other accessories for the home based on "themes seen on the runways," according to Women's Wear Daily. The home collection debuted in 2009 in Sweden, Great Britain, Austria and Germany. Much like the quick turnaround of its apparel business, where a top can go from design table to store rack in a matter of weeks, H&M will introduce a number of new home items every two weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Scott Gold
It's not every day someone chases you down with citizenship papers to prove her name. Then again, Annie Shin managed to live for 64 years without being accused of killing someone. You do what you have to do. “My name is Annie Shin!” she shouted in fractured English, waving her heavily creased documents for emphasis. Then, in case there was any confusion: “No Du! No Du!” That name - Du - might not ring a bell. It's been a long time since a woman named Soon Ja Du shot Latasha Harlins in a liquor store at 91st and Figueroa streets.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. shares are gearing up to hit the public market at higher-than-expected prices a day after Whole Foods Market Inc. let down Wall Street with its earnings. But when asked about the increasingly crowded natural and organic grocery space, Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter E. Robb told rivals: “Bring it on.” “I would just say we love competition,” he told a conference call of analysts. “I think we feel good about our chances going forward.” Robb's co-CEO, John P. Mackey, attributed the burgeoning field to “the nature of capitalism.” “Success breeds competition,” he said.
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