Food Facts Roundup #3

At Star Foods, we frequently find information that is relevant to both our business and yours. The food industry is constantly changing, and we want to keep our customers up-to-date on the latest food safety news.

Here are just a few pieces that we’ve been talking about lately:

Business Insider: Lidl is Opening 100 Stores In The US

“In the presentation, Lidl describes itself as a cross between Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter, a grocery chain based in North Carolina.

Overseas, Lidl is known for its rock-bottom prices, and it’s most closely associated with the discount grocer Aldi, which is also based in Germany.”

Supermarket News: The Cost-Plus Format Is Making A Comeback

A new wave of “cost-plus” stores — typically, converted conventional stores that price all goods at cost and impose a 10% basket charge at the register — are helping many independents achieve pricing and volume parity with national and regional competitors without surrendering variety. It’s one avenue for survival when the alternatives are going discount or going dark.

Chicago Tribune: Calorie Labeling Rule Relayed By FDA Until Next Year

“A federal rule that would mandate all chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and other food sellers to post calorie counts on their menus has been delayed until 2018 after a last-minute reprieve from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The rule, which originally was proposed as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, was set to go into effect Friday. The FDA said Monday that the new deadline for all businesses that sell food and have 20 or more locations to post calories is May 7, 2018.”

Meat+Poultry: USDA Offers Flexibility With School Lunch Program

“Secretary of Agriculture George E. (Sonny) Perdue on May 1 announced that the US Dept. of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility for schools in meeting nutrition requirements for school meal programs in order to make food choices both healthful and more appealing to students… Perdue signed a proclamation that began the process of restoring local control of guidelines on whole grains, sodium, and milk.”