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• The New York Times reports that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that Foster Farms, which operates three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 17 states, can keep those plants open because they have made "immediate substantive changes to their slaughter and processing to allow for continued operations." However, the government also said that "inspectors would monitor the company’s improvements and sample Foster Farms meat for the next three months."

They can give the "all clear" all they want. I see a Foster Farms chicken, and I think I'm going to move on. May not be fair, but that's the way it is.


• The Sacramento Business Journal reports that Farm Fresh To You - a community-supported agriculture home-delivery service - is expanding its service to San Diego. The business connects a network of local farms directly to consumers, delivering boxes of fresh produce to people's homes on a regular basis.

The service already delivers to the Sacramento region, the entire San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.

Can you spell "disintermediation"? Though, to be clear, a savvy retailer would figure out ways to be part of this system, becoming an enabler that forges these connections, thereby improving its image. As opposed to, say, becoming irrelevant to the transaction.


• Whole Foods has announced that it will open a store in downtown Newark, saying that it wants to help spur urban economic development. It opened a store in Detroit earlier this year, and plans one for an inner city Chicago neighborhood.
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