What happened this week while you were working? Well, Amazon sold a bunch of bonds; Publix got a new VP who makes apps; Target’s on the move with new additions; Florida still needs rain; Chef’d gets a leg up on Blue Apron; USDA is looking for some advisory council members; Southeastern restaurants made out well on lists of America’s Top 10 and best new places to eat; tomorrow is National Potato Day; Bayer helps citrus with its greening headache; and a reason not to eat bananas during Monday’s solar eclipse. What more could you want?
So how do you pay for an all-out assault on the retail grocery industry? If you’re Jeff Bezos, you just print up $16 billion in unsecured bonds to raise a little cash.
Think Blue Apron’s nosedive initial public offering a few weeks ago is scaring off meal kit marketers? Think again.
Target Corp. obviously has no plans to go quietly away from the grocery business. The company recently acquired San Francisco delivery technology firm Grand Junction to help with fulfillment of online orders and hired a pair of veteran grocery retailers to boost its ranks.
Publix Supermarkets has named a new vice president to head up its online and shopping app development programs at its Lakeland, FL headquarters. READ MORE
Florida’s drought is a distant memory – sort of. Despite June monsoons and a July that featured a major tropical storm, the state is still recovering from the dry winter and spring, according to the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). READ MORE
FSR Magazine is known for its annual Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains annual rankings, out this month. the biggest surprise this year is how many of the Top 50 are headquartered in or at least doing business in the Southeast. READ MORE
Saturday Aug. 19 is National Potato Day; believe it or not, some Americans are actually Martians and don’t like French fries… READ MORE
Time to get your grub on — Bon Appetit has released its annual Hot Top 10 New Restaurants in the country and lucky for us, four of those are in the Southeast.
If you’ve ever complained about USDA, here’s your chance to do something about it (or better yet, nominate somebody else to).
Bayer and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), a non-profit organization in Florida supporting citrus growers, have signed a research collaboration agreement to find solutions to Citrus Greening disease, which currently threatens the global citrus production and juice industry.
Whatever you do, don’t look up Monday afternoon – unless you can find a pair of eclipse glasses, which reportedly is not an easy feat at the moment.