Food & Services

Heard on the Street

Grocery stores are becoming dream properties—coveted but hard to prise away from their owners. Changes to accounting rules are just one reason why it has become less appealing for supermarkets to sell their real estate.

Business

While many grocers have relied on the delivery service’s technology as the pandemic drove consumers online, some chains are concerned about Instacart’s fees and other aspects of the partnership.

Business

Boneless hams and other processed pork products may be harder to find in supermarkets as coronavirus pressures meat plant operations.

Heard on the Street

China’s internet giants have been fighting hard for grocery shoppers this year. The market has a lot of potential but, ominously, the government is getting involved.

Business

U.S. farmers make their living raising crops from the soil each year. Now, some are getting paid for putting something back into their fields: carbon.

Journal Reports: Year in Review

Consumers were experiencing shortages in supermarkets while farmers were plowing under vegetables and dumping milk. Here’s why.

Politics

President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to head the agency again taps a familiar Farm Belt policy maker to helm a department critical to helping farmers and hungry Americans survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Finance

The Swiss insurer said it would acquire MetLife’s car- and home-insurance business, a move that will substantially boost the size of its Farmers business in the U.S.

Commodities

The weather phenomenon known as La Niña—the cool sister of the better-known El Niño—occurs every few years and has a history of have creating significant market volatility and raising prices for many foods.

Earnings

The supermarket operator’s sales slowed during the latest quarter despite people eating mostly at home, illustrating mounting competition among food sellers to reach consumers during the pandemic.

India

Angry Indian farmers protested in and around the capital of New Delhi over the weekend, worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to deregulate agricultural markets will leave them without a safety net.

Business

Deere raised expectations for profits next year, anticipating that higher crop prices will lead to improving demand from U.S. farmers for its tractors and harvesting combines.