Montana will conduct auction bidding for liquor licenses instead of offering them through a lottery system, under a bill passed by the state Legislature that is headed to the governor. This affects newly issued licenses but not private sales of existing licenses.
Government distribution and sale of alcohol were debated by candidates for county executive in Montgomery County, Md., last week. Some argued that the county should relinquish control of the business, while others asserted that the issue has been ineffective management.
Smart & Final Stores reported strong results for the third quarter, including an increase in same-store sales. The company said it's been increasing promotional spending to compete with traditional grocers and touted its success in the e-commerce realm, including the launch of a direct-order site, delivery services and a test of a click-and-collect service at about 12 Smart & Final and Cash & Carry stores.
New York City based nonprofit City Harvest has launched a multichannel marketing campaign with a positive tone, highlighting the 35-year-old group's accomplishments and the solutions it has found for feeding the city's hungry. City Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, retailers and other sources and distributes it to about 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and other food programs.
Ocean Spray is investigating the role that cranberries may play in helping to overcome antimicrobial resistance in humans. The cooperative has announced it will invest in excess of $10 million over the next five years to found the Ocean Spray Cranberry Health Institute, a public-private partnership dedicated to finding solutions for this global public health crisis.
UK supermarket chain Morrisons will sell less-than-perfect pomegranates for less than half the average price for the fruit. Demand for pomegranates is rising fast as celebrity chefs use the seeds in more recipes and consumers learn about the fruit's health benefits, Morrisons said.
South Carolina-based McCall Farms will invest $35 million in an expansion expected to create 150 new jobs next year in Florence County, the company said. The fresh canned fruit and vegetable producer grows produce on 27,000 acres in four states.
Amazon has partnered with Allrecipes to provide same-day or next-day delivery of ingredients in the site's most popular recipes. The service will be available only in markets served by AmazonFresh.
Consumers are increasingly interested in organic and responsibly sourced products, and wine growers are keenly aware of how the changing climate affects their industry. In response, some wine industry organizations are creating or requiring certifications for sustainable practices in wine production.