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2/16/2018

Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets have earned places in Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. All three grocers have managed to make the list, based on employee survey results, for at least nine years running.

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2/16/2018

Israel's CommonSense Robotics has raised $20 million in financing as it works on ways to automate the supply chain for the grocery industry. It is working to develop "mirco-fulfillment centers," which would be smaller than full warehouses and closer to population centers.

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2/16/2018

Cities in Germany are fostering local and organic agriculture by turning former industrial land into community gardens and encouraging residents to grow their own organic produce in public spaces. "Back in 2003, organic initiatives were a fringe topic -- but today we're seeing plenty of support for our work," said Werner Ebert of BioMetropole Nurnberg, which works with the city of Nuremberg on a program to provide certified organic meals in schools.

2/16/2018

Pennsylvania-based Gourmet's Finest Mushroom will introduce two varieties of a new product called Mushroom Crumble on Monday. The products are designed to encourage consumers to eat more mushrooms by blending them into burgers and other meat dishes.

2/16/2018

Chilean wine is on course to become the UK's second-most imported wine, trailing only Australia, according to Vinexpo and IWSR statistics. It is currently sixth for UK imports, but is expected to reach second place by 2021.

2/16/2018

Wine counterfeiting expert Maureen Downey advises buying from a trusted wine merchant to minimize the risk of getting ripped off. Another quick way to avoid fakes: Scrutinize the label, because high-end printing looks sharper under close inspection than something from an inkjet printer, Downey advises.

2/16/2018

Greener Fields Together recently announced this year's winners of $75,000 in Cultivating Change grants. Choctaw Fresh Produce, a Mississippi-based venture launched in 2012 by an Indian tribe to build a local food production system, was awarded a $20,000 grant.

2/16/2018

A tax cut for craft beverages in the recently enacted federal tax bill is encouraging distillers and brewers to invest more in their businesses. "It's going to allow expansion to be a possibility in the next two to three years, instead of five years," said Heath Clark, who owns Tennessee's H Clark Distillery.

2/16/2018

Wisconsin brewers and distillers aired their objections to the move to put a single "alcohol czar" in charge of the state's alcohol enforcement activities. Industry critics noted that the same bill also carves out a distilling exception for Kohler Co., which they described as special treatment.

2/15/2018

Walmart is adjusting its HR strategy as it competes with online retailers and changes in how its customers behave, says Jacqui Canney, Walmart executive vice president, global people division. The company is paying higher wages, giving employees more flexibility, providing continuous feedback and creating cross-functional teams at Walmart's headquarters.

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