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.
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.
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.
Eliminating barriers to women's participation in the workforce could increase growth in advanced economies by 6% and produce even larger gains in emerging markets, according to Citigroup researchers. Labor force participation rates remain lower for women than men in many countries, including the US, where the gap is more than 10 percentage points.
Door to Door Organics shuttered its operations Friday, after 20 years in the grocery delivery business. The move came abruptly after recent comments from its CEO that indicated future funding and growth for the retailer.
Walmart will team with Deliv to add same-day grocery delivery service in the San Jose, Calif., market. The move will add to the companies' partnerships, which have included last-mile grocery delivery and in-home delivery of groceries and other packages.
CPG manufacturers are increasingly turning to plant-based ingredients as solutions to consumer demand for healthy snacking, with vegetables, grains and pulses popping up in more snack products. Vegetable snacks accounted for 45% of the dollar sales in the alternative-ingredient salty snack category last year, while grain-based snacks generated 40% of the segment and pulse-based snacks accounted for 15% of sales, according to Packaged Facts.
Avocados From Mexico debuted a short film called "Avocadoland" last month at PMA's Fresh Summit in New Orleans. The movie, which tracks the fruit from groves in Michoacan, Mexico, to consumers in the US, is slated to be followed by two more episodes this month.
Trader Joe's has issued a recall on packaged salads after shards of glass and pieces of hard plastic were discovered by a supplier. The recall includes several varieties of salads made with chicken and turkey.
Belgium-based engineering startup Octinion has developed an automated strawberry picker that uses technology to determine ripeness and a 3D-printed "hand" that safely picks the fruit at a speed similar to that of human workers, the company said.