Many retailers have extended special online services to the elderly and disabled, and many SNAP recipients fall into this vulnerable population looking for low- or no-contact payment options during the pandemic. A 2015 survey of SNAP recipients found that 4.4 million households, representing around 20% of total households in the program, have senior citizens in them, while 4.5 million contain non-elderly disabled individuals. Read more »

 

After an eight-month search, Walmart has named former Target senior vice president William White its chief marketing officer. Read more »

 

The oil market continues its decline as the coronavirus crisis saps demand and producers run out of places to store their excess barrels of crude. U.S. oil prices plunged below $0 a barrel Monday to $-37.63 a barrel, the lowest level since NYMEX opened oil futures trading in 1983, reports CNN. Read more »

 

As Iowa meatpacking plants battle COVID-19 outbreaks, Ames’ biggest food processor, pasta maker Barilla America Inc., does not have any confirmed cases of the illness, nor has it laid off or furloughed any of its 227 workers, Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla Americas, said in an emailed statement to the Ames Tribune on Monday. Read more »

 

Randy Edeker spoke to Grocery Dive about employee safety, wins and challenges, and what the "new normal" could be once the COVID-19 crisis subsides. Read more »

 

The prevalence of coronavirus nationwide hasn’t kept grocery shoppers out of stores, and many are shelling out extra to get what they want, a new Harris Interactive/Toluna survey reveals. Read more »

 

Under the policy, all staff at stores, clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers, and corporate offices must wear a face mask or face covering. The company said it also will urge customers to cover their face when shopping. Read more »

 

Casey’s donated more than 30,000 pounds of food—equal to 25,000 meals—to the Food Bank of Iowa, as well as more than 7,700 pounds of food to the Terre Haute Catholic Charities. As the residents of Des Moines and surrounding communities continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19, Casey’s is proud to take steps to demonstrate its “Here For Good” mission, the convenience store said. Read more »

 

Small town grocery stores have been struggling, first against the rise of Walmart and then from the growth of Dollar General. But for many independent grocers across America, the coronavirus has provided an unexpected lift. Read more »

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating massive disruption in the food industry, which will result in increased demand for industrial cold storage space in the U.S., according to a new CBRE report. Read more »