Big harvests and rising imports have created an oversupply of cranberries, and US processors are seeking the Agriculture Department's approval to turn excess fruit into fertilizer, a first for the cranberry industry. "The order will allow the industry to get back into supply-and-demand balance," said Ocean Spray Cranberries executive Kellyanne Dignan.
On Nov. 29, the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will commemorate its 100th anniversary. The event will include a keynote on the genetic history of citrus by horticultural sciences professor Fred Gmitter.
This year's Produce Express campaign by Ag Against Hunger raised $10,000. The group works with produce growers and producers to provide fruits and vegetables to food banks, schools and other programs in three California counties.
Its ability to thrive in hot, dry weather led Sicily's popular nero d'Avola grape to be planted in Australia. The Chalmers family introduced the grape to Australia, along with several other unconventional varieties, in the early 2000s.
German-born Dieter Boehm and his wife, Fridah, are replicating the white dessert wines popular along Germany's Rhine River at their Oregon winery. Boehm's High Pass Winery produces a variety of wines and has gained attention for its scheurebe and huxelrebe.
The majority of state-owned Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores are working to extend hours over the holiday season, according to a statement made Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The changing schedules are likely a response to increasing competition from takeout wine availability at grocery stores and other privately owned locations, and customer demand for convenience.
The Indiana General Assembly's Alcohol Code Revision Commission will meet Dec. 1 to review alcohol-related legislative recommendations. Changes could include longer alcohol selling hours on Sundays and mandatory carding for customers who appear to be under 50 years old.
Canadian supermarket operator Loblaw this week began testing a membership program dubbed PC Insiders that gives shoppers the option of paying $99 per year or $9.99 per month for perks including free shipping and reward points. Membership covers purchases at Loblaw banners, the Shoppers Drug Mart and Joe Fresh e-commerce sites and more.
Pappy Van Winkle bourbon has become one of the most sought-after spirits, despite its limited run of only 7,000 cases annually. It's so valuable that one New York bar sold it in shots for $145 each but still sold out.
Online grocer Movebutter launched earlier this year with the goal of delivering its members a curated selection of high-quality groceries while cutting out many of the inefficiencies associated with traditional food retail models. The retailer is one of several companies innovating in the grocery industry, a list that also includes Brandless, which sells every item for $3, and Thrive Market, which offers socially-responsible products.
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