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• Kroger-owned QFC announced that as of April 1, it “will no longer be offering single-use plastic bags in any of its stores. Throughout the month of April, the company will be donating $1 for each reusable bag sold at its stores to The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit committed to protecting our local lands and water.”

QFC notes that parent company Kroger “announced last August a plan to eliminate single-use plastic bags in all its stores by 2025 … As part of that announcement, QFC committed to be the company’s first market to make the complete transition by the end of 2019.”

• Matthew Wadiak, founder and former COO of meal kit pioneer Blue Apron, announced this week the launch of Cooks Venture, described as “a next generation food company rooted in regenerative agriculture and transparency.”

The announcement says that Cooks Venture has “acquired an 800-acre farm in Arkansas and two large processing facilities in Oklahoma. Starting today, Cooks Venture begins pre-sale of their pasture-raised, heirloom, slow growth chickens, offering distribution both direct-to-consumer and in-store starting July 2019.”

The company says that “Cooks Venture is founded on the well-documented scientific principle that sequestering 1% more carbon in the soil on agricultural lands can reverse climate change. Wadiak aims to improve the agricultural supply chain, while promoting regenerative agriculture at all levels, and provide consumers with food choices that are exceptional in quality, taste and completely transparent in process.”
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