July 25, 2011

In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition and Science: Albertsons LLC Removes Self-Checkout, Birds Eye Wonder of Vegetables Campaign, Farmer Video: California Olive Ranch and more.

In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition & Science: Albertsons LLC Removes Self-Checkout, Birds Eye’s "Wonder of Vegetables” Campaign, Farmer Video: California Olive Ranch and more.

Earlier this month, Albertsons, LLC, which has stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas, made major headlines when they began removing the bulk of their self-checkout stands from their stores. Around 100 of their 217 stores had self-checkouts at the beginning of the year. The balance of stores either never had self-checkout or had them removed in previous remodel projects.

In a second story, vegetables are part of the cultural conversation now more than ever before. They are in the spotlight every day, from 2011 being declared as the “Year of the Vegetable” to the USDA’s recent call for America to fill half their plates with vegetables and fruit. However, the reality is that only six percent of the population meets the daily goal for vegetables.

And in this month's Farmer Video, located in the Central Valley of Northern California, California Olive Ranch grows several varieties of Spanish and Greek olives for olive oil production. Ranch olives are raised using sustainable and innovative growing methods, including planting olives on trellis systems much like wine grapes - a method that makes harvesting easier and reduces the amount of water needed. Their olive oil is widely available in the U.S. Last month, we talked to Adam Englehardt, Vice President of Orchard Operations, about the challenges of meeting consumer demands for a sustainable product that also tastes great. Join us now as Englehardt takes us on a tour of the olive farm, as seen through his eyes.
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