Grocery Vending Machines Coming To Vancouver High-Rise Buildings

December 31, 2014 Karolyn Coorsh,

Jason Moyal is launching Happy Vending, a new company that he hopes will bring refrigerated grocery vending machines stocked with staples to high-rise buildings across Vancouver.

Kroger Expands Local Online Shopping Test

Kroger is expanding its testing of an e-commerce service in Greater Cincinnati. It allows a shopper to buy groceries online then collect their bags at at a pickup window without entering the store. Available only at a Liberty Township store, Kroger has invited dozens of customers to try the service.

Grocery Delivery Startup Instacart Scores $220 Million Investment

December 31, 2014 Jason Del Rey, re/code

Instacart, the grocery delivery startup, disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it had closed a monster $210 million investment that a source says will increase to $220 million when all is said and done.

Lipari Foods Acquires Wisconsin-Based Soderholm Wholesale Foods

December 31, 2014 Lipari Foods, LLC

Lipari Foods, a leading Midwest food distributor based in Warren, Mich., has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Soderholm Wholesale Foods of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The acquisition will expand the breadth of products available to Soderholm customers while strengthening Lipari’s portfolio of natural, organic, vegetarian and gluten-free foods in particular.

California Farmers Worry Immigration Plan Will Deplete Workforce

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation’s leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Obama’s executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.