Albertsons may have pulled the plug on its Plated meal kit service, which shut down in November 2019, a couple of months too early. Other meal kit companies, such as Blue Apron, which was nearly delisted from the New York Stock Exchange last year, saw sales surge in mid-March and its shares shoot up 600% in just three days. Read more »

 

This week Hy-Vee Inc. began requiring that all store and distribution center employees throughout its eight-state region in the Midwest wear masks or other facial coverings while at work in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

 

A small grocery store that served residents in multiple communities around the Hamilton County town of Jewell aims to reopen in about six weeks, thanks, in part, to the coronavirus. Read more »

 

In today’s labor market, many convenience store chains are re-evaluating and loosening old rules — from random drug testing to tattoo bans or hair color requirements — to ensure they’re not discounting quality employees who might otherwise be an ideal fit. Read more »

 

Crude oil prices have skyrocketed this week as volatility continued to affect the broader financial markets, as well as the energy sector, the Wall Street Journal reports. Traders are gearing up for more of the same in the near future. Read more »

 

Tyson Foods is shuttering two pork processing plants, including its largest in the United States, to contain the spread of the coronavirus, further tightening meat supplies after other major slaughterhouse shutdowns. Read more »

 

Meijer is one of the few, if not only, major grocers that is offering meals to its workers. Most retailers are providing compensation benefits, including bonuses, increased hourly pay and increased employee discounts. Meijer is also allowing its store employees to shop during its special hours designated for essential service workers, which other grocers like Winco are offering as well. Read more »

 

B & B Grocery, located on Des Moines' south side, has been in business 98 years. It has survived depression and recession -- take a look at how the store is weathering the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

 

Rick Landgrebe is the manager of Brothers Market, a small-town grocery store in Sigourney.

In the last month, his business has turned upside down, but for the better.

"It's been good, really good for us," Landgrebe said. "But we've also had demands that are hard for us to meet." Read more »