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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
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A proposal to ban single-use plastic grocery bags in California is dead for the year after it failed to win passage by a deadline in the state Senate on Thursday. It was the third time since 2010 that such a bill has stalled in the Legislature amid heavy lobbying by the plastics industry. The measure by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would have banned the bags from large retailers in 2015 and from smaller stores in 2016. Stores would have been able to sell recyclable paper bags and reusable plastic or cloth grocery bags to customers.
SCIENCE
May 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Attention dieters: If you want to maximize your chances of success, don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. So says a new JAMA Internal Medicine study from two members of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab , where researchers investigate “the psychology behind what people eat and how often they eat it,” as this website puts it. The study authors - Brian Wansink and Aner Tal - asked 68 study subjects to fast for...
AUTOS
April 8, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc., which operates the nation's second-largest network of public electric charging stations for vehicles, announced today that it plans to install 225 new chargers at Kroger Co. stores in California and Arizona. Kroger is the country's largest grocery chain, and includes Ralphs and Food 4 Less. It will invest about $1.5 million to install Ecotality's Blink charging stations and DC Fast Chargers. The installations in California will be made in Los Angeles and San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Foes of a planned Wal-Mart grocery store in Chinatown filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city of Los Angeles seeking to bar the chain market from opening. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance L.A., working with the Southeast Asian Community Alliance, said the city's Community Redevelopment Agency board failed to review the Chinatown project before building permits were awarded for the planned supermarket. The nonprofit groups contend that a redevelopment vote was required and are seeking to have the building permits rescinded.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
British supermarket giant Tesco thought it had the Yanks all figured out. Determined to crack the U.S. market, it dispatched executives to live with American families, peek into their refrigerators and trail them on trips to the grocery store. It boasted of revolutionizing how Americans shopped. But slightly more than five years after it opened its first Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market in California, Tesco is considering selling the money-losing chain and leaving the United States altogether.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Assi Natural Market carries dozens of kimchi products. There are more than 200 kinds of dumplings. Its carts mimic the red and green of Sriracha sauce bottles. All of which seems to indicate a pretty standard Asian grocery. But once it opens this month in Irvine, Assi aspires to be a hybrid of cultures - like the growing and increasingly moneyed population of second-generation Asian Americans it hopes to draw into its aisles. The goal, manager Thomas Yoon said, is to become the Whole Foods of ethnic supermarkets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Sixty cities including Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Pasadena already have acted to ban single-use plastic bags at store checkout lines, and now a lawmaker says it is time for the rest of the state to follow suit.  State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has introduced legislation that would prohibit large retail stores throughout California from providing single-use carryout bags to customers starting in 2015. Starting in July 2016, the ban would extend to convenience food stores, food marts and other smaller businesses under SB 405. Stores would be able to sell recycled paper bags, compostable bags or reusable bags to customers.
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