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5/23/2018

France is unlikely to run out of rose wine this summer, despite reports to the contrary, notes Brice Eymard, delegate general for the Interprofessional Council of Provence Wines. "Yes, we had a weak harvest in 2017 but to say there is a 'shortage' is over the top," Eymard says.

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5/23/2018

If members of the C-suite align their goals and teams with the company's vision, they reduce redundancy, saving time and improving profits, writes John Mattone. "When employees understand their individual and team goals and how they contribute to overall organizational success, they're more engaged with their work, and more productive," he writes.

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5/23/2018

Scan-and-pay systems offer numerous benefits to grocers, including the likelihood that basket sizes will increase as shoppers enjoy the convenience, Randy Hofbauer writes. The systems also might be a deterrent to theft as customers are identified when logging into the store's payment app, he writes.

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5/23/2018

New research from Mars Wrigley indicates that strategic placement of products in the checkout lane can boost impulse purchases significantly. "By having the right assortment and the right merchandising, you'll see a double-digit increase instantly," said Rimsha Baig, associate category manager.

5/23/2018

Spending on in-store marketing efforts is shifting toward online ads and other store-affiliated areas, James Hercher writes. Walmart, Target and Kroger all have launched programmatic ad platforms that brands can use to reach consumers, Hercher writes.

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5/23/2018

Avocados from Peru and California Walnuts have partnered to promote their products in tastings at US Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco stores. The program will start June 15 and include recipes for summer dishes such as walnut avocado salad and walnut avocado toast.

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5/23/2018

A spiky-shelled, pungent-smelling tropical fruit called durian is proving popular in China, and growers in Thailand will debut new varieties there this year. Exports of the fruit to China have surged in the past 10 years, and the country is now the largest market for Thailand's durian.

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5/23/2018

Higher tariffs and a trade war with China would take a big toll on the economy in Washington's Yakima Valley, which counts China as a major market for many of its goods, including fruit and wine, said Eric Schinfeld of the Port of Seattle. "Anytime we're talking about closing off one of those markets, losing some of those opportunities, that means lost sales and lost jobs here in Yakima," he said.

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5/23/2018

A single bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-Year-Old sold for more than $1.1 million at an auction at Bonhams, an auction house in Hong Kong, last week, showing the huge demand for rare spirits. Two other bottles of The Macallan 1926 had just bested the $1 million mark in a previous auction held by Bonhams auction house.

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5/23/2018

Juniper Cocktail Lounge, a new entrant on the Las Vegas Strip scene, offers more than 80 gins and an array of menu options to put them to work. The many tones of gin's botanical profiles mean that some versions work much better in some cocktails than others, says Craig Schoettler of MGM Resorts.

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