Kroger Announces Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan to Uplift Associates, Customers and Communities

Retailer commits to 10 immediate actions to advance equity in the workplace and across America

The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, today announced its Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, featuring both immediate and longer-term steps developed in collaboration with associates and leaders to accelerate and promote greater change in the workplace and in the communities the organization serves.

“As America’s grocer, Kroger is driven to bring Americans together as an employer, grocery provider and community partner, representing Our Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Over the last several months, we’ve listened closely to our half a million associates and countless communities across the nation. It’s never been clearer that our collective energy is necessary to achieve true and lasting equality. 

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Black Woman Entrepreneur Launches New Line of Organic, Non-GMO Tea & Tea Accessories

Niya Vatel, founder and CEO of Tea and I® tea company, is proud to announce the launch of her new line of herbal tea and tea accessories just in time for fall. The popular tea company featured in the “Sips by Tea” Subscription Box has expanded their line to 5 organic, non-GMO and vegan-friendly blends of tea to offer wellness options and support a healthy lifestyle. Four of the five exclusive teas are proprietary blends, with the fifth being the popular matcha green tea. In addition to the new blends, Tea and I® is happy to announce their line of luxury tea accessories; which includes infusers, and handmade olive wood tea spoons.

Tea and I® teas are made with the highest quality of on-trend herbs, sustainably sourced, contain no preservatives, chemicals or coloring, and are gluten free and vegan friendly.

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Aisha Tyler’s Courage+Stone Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Line Introduces Larger 750 ML Bottle Size

Following the Overwhelming Success of the 200 ml Flasks, Full Size Classic Manhattan and Classic Old Fashioned Bottles Arrive Ready to Pour and Gift For Effortless Holiday Craft Cocktails

Just in time for Holidays at Home in 2020, Courage+Stone ready to drink cocktails are now available in full-sized 750 ml. bottles.  The Classic Old Fashioned and Classic Manhattan bottles retail for a suggested price of $44.99, offering at least 12 standard sized drinks per bottle.  They are the perfect way to enjoy a festive sip this holiday season, offering premium quality craft cocktails in a bottle that can be ordered online, delivered direct to home and poured into a glass with no mixing or mess. 

Whether you ship and send to family and friends if you can’t gather together, or order straight to your own home, Courage+Stone’s craft bar quality lets you easily enjoy a cocktail perfect for the season, delicious alongside a holiday meal, as a celebratory toast, or after a long day in the kitchen preparing.

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Relaunching PDG Español: Custom Content For Spanish-Speaking Coffee Professionals

PDG Español has been relaunched to provide original, Spanish-language content, sponsored by Mayorga Organics; the publication expects 2.5 million pageviews in the next 12 months

Perfect Daily Grind (PDG) launched PDG Español in 2016 to support coffee producers in Spanish-speaking countries to provide free and accessible educational content written in Spanish.

PDG Español celebrated its fourth anniversary in August 2020. It now expects more than 2.5 million page views in the next 12 months. However, the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change continue to threaten the livelihoods of coffee producers, meaning the need for accessible information is greater than ever. 

As such, PDG Español is being relaunched to support coffee producers in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

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African Countries Commit to Accelerate Actions Towards Food Security

Ministers at the largest ever FAO Regional Conference for Africa have committed to ‘raise ambitions and accelerate actions’ towards achieving food security, at the close of the three day event. 

Around 900 delegates including 95 ministers and other government officials from 48 countries have met in the context of rising food insecurity and malnutrition exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple overlapping crisis – climate change, transboundary pests and diseases, conflict and economic downturns. 

In the Ministerial Declaration approved today, delegates committed to accelerate the transformation of African agriculture and agri-food systems, including through innovation and introducing digital technologies in the agriculture sector. 

They also supported making further contributions to the African Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF), describing it as an instrument “to show that Africa is capable of taking charge and leading priority programmes”. 

The Ministers also called on FAO to continue to ensure “greater flexibility and efficiency in the use of the Organization’s limited existing financial and human resources” to support Members, and to provide further leadership in inter-agency collaboration on the transformation towards sustainable agri-food systems. 

They further supported FAOs work with multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral platforms to strengthen dialogue, investments and innovation for sustainable agri-food systems, particularly in the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. 

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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New Limited-Edition Stacy’s Bags Feature QR Code with Geotargeted Women-Owned Business Directory

67 Percent of Consumers Wish it Were Easier to Find Products and Services from Female-Founded Businesses; Stacy’s Delivers with Innovative “Female Founder Finder” Packaging Available at Retailers Nationwide

One of the biggest challenges for female founders? Being found. According to the Rise of the Female Founder survey conducted earlier this year by Stacy’s Pita Chips, 67 percent of consumers wish it were easier to find products and services from female-founded businesses and 79 percent think it is important to see more female-founded businesses in their communities. That’s why Stacy’s is launching its newest packaging innovation featuring a QR code that, once scanned with a mobile phone, will direct consumers to nearby female-founded businesses – making it easier than ever to support female entrepreneurs.

The Stacy’s “Female Founder Finder” bags debut in stores nationwide this week, featuring artwork by illustrator Libby VanderPloeg. While QR codes are experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to their contactless nature, the Female Founder Finder directory is also searchable online at, offering direct access to more than 13,000 women-owned businesses. 

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TCHO Chocolate Introduces “TCHO Pro” Initiative

TCHO aims to inspire industry professionals, hobby bakers, and chocolate enthusiasts

 TCHO (“cho”), a pioneering craft chocolate maker based in Berkeley, Calif., is pleased to launch a new initiative called TCHO Pro to spur innovation and create chocolate-centric recipes, video tutorials and cross-promotional experiences with professional chefsThe program has enlisted a team of both rising stars and established chefs, selected by TCHO’s in-house chocolate experts, to be TCHO Pros: Ethel Koh of Ittoryu Gozu, Jessica Craig of Almond Restaurant, David Rodriguez of Büho Bakery and Russell Jackson of Reverence. In the coming months, TCHO Pros will create video tutorials and recipes. In 2021, as the TCHO Pro program expands, a new “class” of chefs will come on board, creating a network of chocolate enthusiasts from across the food & beverage industry.

 The first four chefs to join the program attended a two-day virtual training in October, where they took a deep dive into TCHO’s sourcing and production methods. The chefs also tasted a variety of TCHO chocolate, from 39% cacao to 99% cacao, to better understand how flavors change based on the origin and percentage of cacao. The program was led by Brad Kintzer,chief chocolate maker for TCHO Chocolate and the president of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, and Laura Sweitzer, TCHO Source program director. 

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Blue Apron Partners with Chef Edouardo Jordan to Bring His Holiday Recipes to Home Cooks Around the Country

Blue Apron is partnering with Chef Edouardo Jordan, the winner of two James Beard Awards and chef-owner of acclaimed restaurants JuneBaby, Salare and Lucinda Grain Bar, to create an exclusive offering for its customers.

Starting with Jordan’s take on Thanksgiving, Blue Apron x Chef Edouardo Jordan meals celebrate the joy of cooking with each recipe bridging his rich family history and modern culinary perspective.

This menu is a reflection of my roots, my stories and my history,” said Chef Edouardo Jordan. “Inspired by my Southern roots and the cuisine of the African diaspora, I created these simple recipes, in collaboration with Blue Apron’s culinary team, to encourage home cooks to have fun in the kitchen and celebrate over a great meal.”

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