Goya Foods Unveils State-Of-The-Art Dist. Center In Georgia

Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, will open a new state-of-the-art distribution center in Georgia to aid with the expansion of its business in the Southeast region. Located in McDonough, Ga., the facility officially was inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The new Goya Foods facility is expected to spur economic growth and job creation for the region. The custom designed, energy-efficient facility will be the main distribution center for Georgia, along with parts of South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The facility spans more than 150,000 square feet, and the space allows for future expansion of an additional 50,000 square feet. In conjunction with the inauguration of the center, Goya Foods also will present a 1,000-lb. food donation to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry as part of its ongoing commitment to the communities it serves. “We are so happy and excited to open the doors of our new distribution center and mark this important milestone in our company’s history,” said Frank Unanue, president of Goya Foods of Florida. “This new facility allows us to reach sectors of the Southeast region, which will help Goya reach a larger base of consumers and provide a greater variety of Goya products.”

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Whole Foods Market Announces 11 New Store Leases

In its third-quarter earnings report, Whole Foods Market announced that it recently signed leases for 11 new store locations. The stores are planned for Bedford, N.H.; Bloomington, Ind.; Cary, N.C.; Eugene, Ore.; Houston and Richardson, Texas; Montgomery, Ala.; Shrewsbury, Mass.; and Irvine, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif. The company currently operates 388 stores and has a total of 116 stores in development.

In other news, Whole Foods will be testing a rewards program in Princeton, N.J., and will expand the trial to Philadelphia later this year. A national rewards program is planned in 2015.

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Retail Chains QSRs Join Apple Pay Service

Last week Apple announced Apple Pay, a new payment service that the company says will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.

According to the company, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a groundbreaking NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element and the security and convenience of Touch ID. Hundreds of millions of users can set up Apple Pay on their devices through their credit or debit card already on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay also will work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to more than 200 million owners of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.

Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from American Express, MasterCard and Visa, issued by banks including Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo, representing 83 percent of credit card purchase volume in the United States, according to Apple.

In addition to the 258 Apple retail stores in the U.S., retailers that will support Apple Pay include Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store and Walt Disney World Resort, Duane Reade, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Sephora, Staples, Subway, Walgreens and Whole Foods Market. Apple Watch also will work at the more than 220,000 U.S. merchant locations that have contactless payment enabled. Apple Pay also is able to make purchases through apps in the App Store. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, says that security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. “When you’re using Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see your name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud,” he said. “Apple doesn’t collect your purchase history, so we don’t know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it. And if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to quickly suspend payments from that device.”

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Latest Word in New Channels...

To mark the 70th anniversary of Bigelow Tea, a Mobile Tea Bar has begun its 2014 cross-country tour with first stops in Boston, New York and New Jersey. The Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar will open doors at street fairs and festivals in major market cities across the country, beginning with Boston on Sept. 21 and New York on Sept. 27, and continuing to Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Houston, Atlanta and Tampa.

• Udi’s Gluten Free announced at Natural Products East in Baltimore, Md., last week that it is expanding its frozen offerings to include premium, gluten-free burritos and gourmet skillet meals. Udi’s claims the gluten-free frozen category continues to explode, growing by more than 40 percent year-over-year as consumers’ demand for high-quality, gluten-free food increases.

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