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Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

Aug. 16, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic...

Minnesota family sues Hy-Vee over pasta salad illness

Aug. 15, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota family sickened by eating pasta salad contaminated with salmonella is suing the Iowa-based grocery store chain that distributed the food. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Hy-Vee Inc. The suit alleges a woman, her daughter and her grandson became ill after eating...

Kroger to sell its goods to Chinese shoppers through Tmall

Aug. 14, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger will start to sell some of its products to Chinese shoppers through a website owned by internet giant Alibaba, the latest move by the supermarket chain to boost its digital business. Cincinnati-based Kroger is working to catch up with Walmart and with Amazon.com, which bought grocer...

Insider Q&A: Biting into meal kit madness

Aug. 12, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a food fight stretching from the shelves of your supermarket all the way to your front door. Over the last few years a slew of companies have started selling meal kits that shoppers can order online and cook at home. Walmart and Amazon.com both sell meal kits. Grocery chain...

New Zealand to ban plastic shopping bags from next year

Aug. 10, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Friday it will ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up...

Merger cancellation pushes Rite Aid into uncertain future

Aug. 9, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

Rite Aid shares plunged Thursday as the company headed into an uncertain future after calling off its merger with the grocer Albertsons. Analysts and retail insiders questioned the drugstore chain's prospects after it ended a planned takeover by Albertsons before Rite Aid shareholders could vote on it. That vote...

Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly lower on Wall Street

Aug. 9, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks struggled to a mostly lower finish on Wall Street as losses for banks and energy stocks offset gains elsewhere in the market. Bank of New York Mellon lost 1.6 percent Thursday, and Chevron gave up 1.1 percent....

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

Aug. 9, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market. Many traditional small-scale organic farmers...

Rite Aid cuts fiscal 2019 forecast with buyout vote looming

Aug. 6, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

Rite Aid is chopping its annual earnings forecast three days before its shareholders vote on whether to approve the sale of the company. Shares of the nation's third-largest drugstore chain tumbled 10 percent Monday after the company said generic drug pricing isn't shaping up how it expected in April when it...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's imagined steel mills, Russian 'hoax'

Aug. 6, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is imagining steel mill openings that aren't happening and in denial about Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. He points broadly to a "Russian hoax," even as his own top national security and intelligence officials decry a real threat of Russian...