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11/21/2017

South Texas produce growers are forecasting a big holiday season harvest of crops that includes kale, cabbage and collard greens, said Dante Galeazzi, CEO of the Texas International Produce Association. The citrus season is also underway, with grapefruit shipping now and oranges set to begin early next month.

11/21/2017

Casa Sanchez has issued a wider recall for two types of guacamole on concerns about possible listeria contamination. The Real Guacamole and Spicy Guacamole varieties were distributed to stores in three states.

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11/21/2017

Traditional certified organic farmers are raising objections to the National Organic Standards Board's decision not to exclude fruits and vegetables grown using soil-free methods such as hydroponics. "They feel that organic now is a complete joke and it means absolutely nothing, and their years of working and their dedication and their commitment is for naught," said Andrianna Natsoulas, executive director of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.

11/21/2017

Private firm Blue Equity has purchased all 15 Liquor Barn locations in Kentucky for at least $26 million, a figure that could increase depending on future sales. The Blue Equity firm also owns two Party Mart locations in Louisville and has invested in other spirits-related businesses, including Angel's Envy distilling.

11/21/2017

A Washington syrah by winemaker Charles Smith of Powerline Estate finished No. 2 on Wine Spectator's list of Top 100 wines for 2017, the only wine from the state in the Top 10. A Duckhorn merlot from Napa Valley, Calf., took the top spot.

11/21/2017

People don't usually associate Moldova with premium winegrowing regions, but the country has the world's highest density of vineyards, Emma Murphy writes. Moldovans are proud of their wine history and hope that their bottles gain traction on the export market.

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11/21/2017

Nancy Cushman, who co-owns restaurants O Ya and Covina, believes that sake goes well with cuisines besides the obvious Japanese. Junmai sake complements Italian cuisine, while the spices of Thai food work well with nigori-style unfiltered sake, she said.

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11/21/2017

Bar and liquor store owners told the City Council in Columbus, Neb., that the ban on Sunday morning liquor sales is unfair and should be dropped. "It's been 80 years since Prohibition and surely it's time to update alcohol laws for the 21st century," bartender Travis Johnson said.

11/21/2017

Bars in New Town, N.D., could run dry soon amid a liquor tax debate between tribal elders and the state. The MHA Nation and state are at a standoff over what the tribe says is its fair share of taxes, and no new shipments to town bars will be allowed until the dispute is resolved.

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11/21/2017

For the first time, all of the seven co-chairs for the upcoming World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, will be women. The co-chairs include IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

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