Britain's Ocado is part online grocer and part tech startup thanks to the hundreds of robots that move items in its system of fulfillment centers, speeding the completion of online orders. Now Ocado's business model has received a major endorsement in the form of a partnership for US warehouses with Kroger.
Restaurant chains such as Starbucks, Wendy's and Chili's Grill & Bar are taking advantage of a bountiful supply of lower-priced avocados to launch new menu items. Chipotle Mexican Grill and other chains that have always used large amounts of the fruit could see bigger bottom lines as avocado prices stay low.
Target and Whole Foods are among the retailers celebrating National Wine Day today, as the stores will offer special wine cubes and 20% off all rose wines, respectively. Meanwhile, a number of AirBnB hosts will allow visitors to book Wine Experiences for just $1.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed GEM Indian River Select President Pat Schirard to the Florida Citrus Commission. The state's citrus industry faces challenges including the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the ongoing threat of citrus greening.
Supermarket chains Stop & Shop, Martin's and Giant have issued a recall for 16-ounce bags of Private Brands Frozen Broccoli Cuts on concerns that they could be contaminated with listeria. All three retailers are owned by Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize.
Meal kit company HelloFresh is seeking partners in the packaging industry to make its packaging more sustainable and easily recycled, said Danielle Gilmartin, senior operations manager. The company delivered 48 million meals around the globe in the first quarter compared with 30 million in the same period last year.
VeChain plans to use blockchain technology to help wine connoisseurs explore and verify the entire supply chain of a bottle of wine. Of course, even with blockchain technology, the information provided will depend upon the reliability of the wine specialists who provide initial authentication, said independent wine consultant Brian Zhang.
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