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Mediterranean Umami Wins IFT17 Food Expo Innovation Award

Salt of the Earth Ltd.’s flagship sodium-reduction ingredient, Mediterranean Umami, won an IFT17 Food Expo Innovation Award, presented at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Awards Ceremony on June 25, 2017. Mediterranean Umami received the award for outstanding innovation.

The ingredient solves the challenge of reducing sodium significantly in processed foods while being 100 percent natural and clean-label. Mediterranean Umami is an “on-trend” sodium-reduction solution, possessing a great umami flavor profile. It allows product developers to formulate across a range of lower-sodium applications, from meats, soups and sauces to bakery and ready-meals. Its unique blend of simple, consumer-friendly ingredients include natural vegetable extracts and sea-salt.

The IFT17 Food Expo Innovation Awards program-inaugurated in 2007-honors “outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, applications, instruments, equipment, technology, and services.” A panel of eight jurors from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in ingredients, product development, processing and packaging technology and food safety, reviewed all entries before voting for Salt of the Earth’s Mediterranean Umami.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious innovation award for our sodium-reduction ingredient,” says Dovik Tal, CEO of Salt of the Earth. “IFT is the premier organization for the food industry, and this recognition highlights the awareness of the need for significant sodium reduction and the importance of effective natural and clean-label solutions for the industry.”

Schnucks and Instacart to Offer Same-Day Grocery Delivery Across Midwest

Schnucks, the third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer, and delivery service Instacart are expanding their partnership to bring same-day grocery delivery from the majority of Schnucks stores throughout the Midwest.

On July 13, Schnucks customers in Missouri (Cape Girardeau, Columbia and Jefferson City) and Illinois (Carbondale, Champaign, Bloomington, Normal, Pekin, Peoria, Savoy, Springfield, Urbana) can visit schnucksdelivers.com to fill their virtual carts with all their favorite items and have them delivered straight to their doorstep by Instacart, in as little as an hour.

“Schnucks is committed to giving our customers premier products and the best shopping experience,” said Andrew Nadin, Chief Marketing Officer, Schnuck Markets. “Partnering with Instacart to offer Schnucks Delivers online grocery shopping and same-day delivery will allow us to further nourish our communities and provide shoppers the kind of options they expect in order to manage their busy lifestyles.”

Schnucks and Instacart first joined forces to bring same-day grocery delivery to customers in February 2017 with the launch of Schnucks Delivers Powered by Instacart. Since launching in St. Louis, Missouri; Rockford, Illinois; and Evansville, Indiana; customers have embraced the service.

Based on strong initial results — including the most successful launch in Instacart’s history in St. Louis, Missouri — Schnucks and Instacart are doubling down on the partnership to bring the winning combination of  high-quality products from Schnucks stores and the convenience of same-day delivery to more customers across Missouri and Illinois.

“Instacart’s expansion across the heartland of America, to meet the goal of serving 80 percent of American households by 2018, is driven by partnerships with the nation’s best retailers like Schnucks,” said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s Chief Business Officer. “We are thrilled to bring same-day delivery to more Schnucks customers across the Midwest.”

Meijer Bringing Store-to-Door Delivery to Chicago and Rockford

Meijer and official home delivery partner Shipt will offer their increasingly popular store-to-door service beginning July 13 to nearly 2.5 million households throughout the Chicagoland suburbs and Rockford. The home delivery service launches as part of an expansion across six states that has so far resulted in more than 250,000 deliveries this year, combining personalized shopping with fresh grocery and a wide selection of daily essentials available 24 hours a day.

Using the Shipt smartphone app or placing orders from their computers or tablets, members are able to access more than 55,000 items available at Meijer stores, note any preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order. Fresh produce, meat, dairy, as well as hard-to-carry items like pet food, diapers and cleaning supplies can all be delivered to shoppers’ doors when it is convenient for them – as soon as one hour after the order is placed, or up to one day in advance.

“Our goal is to provide store-to-door convenience to as many of our customers as possible,” said Art Sebastian, Vice President of Digital Shopping for Meijer. “We believe that the personalized service that Shipt offers, coupled with the freshness and wide selection our customers love about Meijer, is the perfect meld of online shopping and our brick and mortar locations. Whether you’re too busy or just have difficulty getting around a store, the ability to shop digitally and have it delivered when its most convenient provides a life-changing alternative to the way you’ve always shopped for our groceries.”

Meijer has aggressively rolled out the service since launching in Detroit last September and now offers home delivery throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The massive greater Chicagoland launch will cover more than 4,500 square miles and include more than 200 zip codes in Aurora, Algonquin, Bolingbrook, Bloomingdale, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Flossmoor, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Joliet, Mokena, Orland Park, Oswego, Rolling Meadows, Round Lake Beach, St. Charles, Wheaton and Tinley Park, as well as Michigan City, Merrillville, Highland and Portage, Indiana.

“People in the Midwest love to shop Meijer because of their vast selection and high-quality products,” said Shipt CEO and Founder Bill Smith. “With this latest expansion of our partnership into Chicago and Rockford, more than 2.5 million households will have the ability to shop tens of thousands of fresh grocery and household items without having to travel to the store.”

Shipt memberships are available for an annual fee of $99 and members have access to free delivery on all orders over $35. For orders under $35, there is a $7 delivery fee. Shipt plans to hire 10,000 people across the six-state expansion with Meijer this year. Shipt displays a commitment to each of the communities it serves and plans to identify opportunities to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in these communities.

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