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4/28/2017

German discount grocer Lidl has widened its search for US store sites to include Pittsburgh, Erie and other areas in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio markets including Cincinnati and Dayton, sources said. The retailer is getting ready to open its first 20 US stores on the East Coast this summer, with plans to operate 100 stores in the US within a year.

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Lidl
4/28/2017

Hy-Vee will open a new small-format concept store potentially named Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh in West Des Moines, Iowa, as part of a 65-acre mixed-use development that is slated to begin construction in the summer. Plans for the 12,000-16,000-square-foot store are still in development and will include grocery and fuel offerings and could also feature curbside grocery pickup.

4/28/2017

The Food and Drug Administration extended the deadline for new menu labeling rules, which were to be implemented starting May 5. The rules include requirements to post calorie counts on standard menus and menu boards, among other regulations.

4/28/2017

Three wineries from the Paso Robles region of San Luis Obispo County, Calif., have taken top awards in the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Halter Ranch won top red in its region, Cass Vineyard & Winery won best white in the region, and Robert Hall Winery won best overall merlot.

4/28/2017

Late spring frosts have damaged vineyards in many of France's top winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy. Temperatures reportedly dropped to as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit, with some calling it the most severe freeze in memory.

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Reuters
4/28/2017

London Cru, owned by retailer Roberson Wine, will double production of its English Bacchus Baker St wine to 5,100 bottles, the company announced. The wine is made from grapes grown in Kent and Essex, with 5% fermented in oak barrels, the rest in stainless steel.

4/28/2017

After a 20-year search, researcher Mary Lu Arpaia has found three avocado varieties she says can grow in California's Central Valley. The trio may be the key to providing the state with a year-round avocado crop, just as the Trump administration's trade policies create uncertainty about a continuing supply from Mexico.

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National Public Radio
4/28/2017

Georgia-based Shuman Produce paid $5.5 million for Vidalia onion grower Plantation Sweets at a bankruptcy court auction Wednesday. The deal included 680 acres of land, cold storage and a 94,000-square-foot packing plant.

4/28/2017

Whole Foods Market tapped Washington's Rainier Fruit Co. as a Supplier of the Year and also bestowed it with the "Excellence in Product Quality" award. The market named Califia Farms of California, which produces milk alternatives made with almonds and other plant products, as a Supplier of the Year too.

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Progressive Grocer
4/28/2017

The Chinese super-berry schisandra promotes biodiversity and is a player in giant panda conservation. In the US the berry is used for an entirely different purpose, with Dr. Oz deeming it a "miracle anti-aging pill."

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National Public Radio