Hy-Vee Inc. is now offering the ability for customers to order curbside meals to go online at more than 200 of its locations. Hy-Vee’s Mealtime To Go offerings consist of prepared foods and take-and-bake meals. Meals are available for free pickup in as little as 30 minutes, or they can be scheduled for a future pickup time. Read more »

 

Saying it wants to provide a safer option to customers who are more susceptible to the coronavirus, Kum & Go is launching on-request full-service fueling in metro Des Moines. Customers at several Kum & Go locations around the metro now may call from their cars and request that an employee pump their gas. The gloved employees will process the transaction using the customer's cash or card. Read more »

 

Albertsons Cos. stores and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), are working in a joint national effort to seek a temporary designation of “extended first responders” or “emergency personnel” for supermarket associates to ensure that they are prioritized for testing and provided personal protection equipment during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more »

 

Over the weekend, Hy-Vee, the Midwest grocer with 245 locations, began asking shoppers to move in a single direction in its stores, while Walmart will take similar actions this week. Safeway stores in the San Francisco area have requested that customers go only one way through the store and stay two shopping-cart lengths apart from other people. Read more »

 

Casey’s General Store plans to build a convenience store in West Des Moines that will only provide food and other products to the neighborhood near Eighth Street and Ashworth Road.

The store will not sell fuel. Read more »

 

Prior to the pandemic, experts predicted momentum for meat alternatives, low- or no-alcohol beverages and sustainability-driven purchasing behaviors. The trajectory of these trends has been altered by the political and economic uncertainty created by COVID-19 ... Read more »

 

The Texas-based grocery chain has teamed up with local restaurants to prepare meals-to-go for its Meal Simple program of chef-inspired grab-and-go meals. Read more »

 

Hy-Vee is telling employees it has their back when it comes to protecting their health during the COVID-19 outbreak. In an exclusive interview with KCCI, Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker confirmed they've ordered more Plexiglas shields that would go behind employees at the cash register. Read more »

 

Menards said its stores will no longer allow children under the age of 16 inside due to the COVID-19 crisis. The announcement on its website says anyone looking 16 years old or younger will be asked to show identification. Read more »

 

As the pandemic quickly spreads across the U.S. and consumers stockpile items for a prolonged quarantine, food companies are boosting output and adding workers to keep shelves stocked. Read more »

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