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news ON OUR RADAR The Kroger Co. named Jessica C. Adelman to serve as Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs, effective November 1. "Jessica brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience and deep knowledge of the food supply chain," says Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. Ms. Adelman, 40, has 20 years of experience as a public affairs executive in the food industry, most recently as senior vice president of corporate affairs for Syngenta North America, a leading agriculture company, since 2008. In this role she was responsible for corporate brand oversight, government affairs, media relations, crisis and issues communications, litigation communications, internal communications and employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and giving. Ms. Adelman has held several strategic leadership roles with other companies, including director of Cargill Government Solutions. As group vice president of corporate affairs, Ms. Adelman will focus on reputation management, including external communications and brand public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy. 7-Eleven, Inc. and DoorDash have announced a partnership to provide on-demand delivery from participating 7-Eleven stores in five major metropolitan markets across the US. Customers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago can order products from their local 7-Eleven stores with delivery service following in Washington, D.C., and Boston. The announcement marks DoorDash's first partnership outside of restaurant delivery, bringing DoorDash one step closer toward reaching its goal of providing on-demand delivery across all types of local businesses. "By working with DoorDash, we can bring on-demand delivery to more people and more places," said Raja Doddala, 7-Eleven's vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. "This partnership between the world's largest convenience store chain and a leading on-demand delivery start-up can redefine convenience. DoorDash's technology, data analytics and commitment to the customer experience impresses us and make them a great match for 7-Eleven's omnichannel initiatives." "We're proud to launch our first expansion beyond restaurants with 7-Eleven," said Tony Xu, CEO and co-founder of DoorDash. "7-Eleven has shown a true commitment to learning the ins and outs of delivery and even went dashing with our team to see DoorDash in action. We've worked closely throughout the testing process to ensure that their 10 * SEPT + OCT 2015 * instore products-from convenience goods to fresh and prepared foods-are well suited for delivery." CasaLuker, a Colombian family business with over 100 years of experience in the chocolate market will soon begin to sell premium cocoa beans in 5kg presentations. These will be aimed at small-scale chocolate bar producers seeking to use a cocoa with unique characteristics for a differential product. Bean to bar is a new trend in the chocolate world where small chocolate producers buy cocoa beans to select and process according to their preferences and recipes. The bars they pack and sell can be marked as origin chocolate as they are all made using cocoa from specific regions. In addition, aware of the need and importance of creating long term ties with each cocoa grower association, the company-as well as lending technical support-signs trade agreements with them to ensure the sale of their total cocoa production. The company also pays a bonus for cocoa that fulfils the high standards of the bean to bar market. CasaLukers' experience and commercial infrastructure constitute the vehicle through which cocoa farmers in Colombia and Peru can offer their Cacao Fino de Aroma to demanding international marker clients. CasaLuker plays a crucial role in this commercialization chain as it takes on the logistical challenges and the financial and commercial risks that would probably bring about obstacles, inconveniences and in many cases losses for the cocoa growing associations.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of instore - Sept + Oct 2015

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Editor's Note - Fresh in Focus
What's Ahead
Table of Contents
News - On Our Radar
Trending - Breads and Rolls
Trending Deli Meat
The Future of Celebrations
Consumer Insights - A New Consumer Group Worth Watching
Diet Trends - Consider Non-GMO
Commissary Insider - Insight Insider: The FreshOne Advantage
Research and Development: Culinary-Inspired Convenience Foods
Sandwich Spotlight: Veg-centric Sandwiches
Assembling Foods: Safety First
Feature Profile: Dunford Bakers
Shopper Demographics - How They Shop
Equipment Solutions - The Case for Hot Foods
Valentine's Day - Ready Your Heart
Flavor Trends - What's Trending in Chocolate
Product Spotlight - Rising Trends
Specialty Cheese - Communal Cheese
Product Trends
Product Showcase/Ad Index

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