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6/21/2018

SUPERVALU is offering a ready-to-use e-commerce system to the 3,000 independent groceries it supplies, as well as other retailers in 240 metropolitan areas. The system will allows stores that have not yet deployed their own online system to offer shopping and delivery through Instacart.

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6/21/2018

Whole Foods Market deleted the images off its Instagram and dedicated its social media platform to bees, including following such celebrities as Sting. The company later revealed that it is highlighting bees' importance to the food chain and raising funds for school beehives.

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6/21/2018

Farmers in drought-stricken South Africa are expanding their production of avocados as prices for the popular fruit rise. South Africa has about 41,800 acres of avocado plantations, and growers are adding about 2,500 acres annually.

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6/21/2018

Regulators and produce industry professionals at the Center for Produce Safety's annual symposium stressed collaboration to fight the growing problem of food-related illness outbreaks. "I'm very happy to see the introduction of people from many different disciplines, diverse backgrounds, coming here to bring their skills and look at this with different eyes," said Taylor Farms Vice President of Quality and Food Safety Drew McDonald.

6/21/2018

Some supermarkets in Singapore are now selling strawberries grown locally in year-round vertical farms. The government is working with vertical farmers to help them overcome challenges, including finding enough space in urban areas, said Koh Poh Koon, senior minister of state for trade and industry.

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6/21/2018

US Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., successfully persuaded EU regulators to exclude cranberries and most cranberry products, except for juice, produced in Massachusetts from a list of US products that it will impose tariffs on in retaliation for Trump administration tariffs.

6/21/2018

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and parent company PG&E Corp. plan to cover expected losses of at least $2.5 billion from October's California wildfires, although PG&E said potential losses could be more. About 200 lawsuits have been filed against the company, and "the companies are currently unable to reasonably estimate the upper end of the range," PG&E said.

6/21/2018

Lidl's store openings have had the biggest sales effect in three categories, with produce, beer and wine sales representing 60% of the sales declines at rivals, per data from digital marketing specialist Catalina. Younger and Hispanic shoppers have been most likely to turn to Lidl, the research found.

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6/21/2018

Chile had become known as a steady supplier of safe and reliable but not terrific wines from big producers, Jon Bonne writes. Now a few smaller-scale producers, such as Louis-Antoine Luyt, are using the country's old vines, some of the oldest around, to make more vibrant and daring wines, he writes.

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6/21/2018

Brown-Forman's el Jimador tequila brand will add near field communication tags to its bottles, allowing consumers to tap the label with a smartphone and submit soccer stories for a chance to win prizes. The brand's marketing team will be able to view tapping activity and measure campaign performance in real time.

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