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7/22/2019

Walmart is continuing to make executive changes as it works to integrate physical and digital operations, according to an internal memo. The retailer is merging its e-commerce and greater US finance teams, as well as its supply chain groups, with Greg Smith set to lead the newly integrated supply chain team.

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7/22/2019

Internet of things devices can help reduce food waste by connecting businesses along the food supply chain and monitoring products for quality and safety. A Boston Consulting Group study found that using IOT would also benefit food retailers and producers financially.

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7/22/2019

Kraft Heinz's technology branch, Evolv Group, has developed a meal-planning app powered by artificial intelligence. Meal Hero creates personalized meal suggestions and interactive shopping lists that connect to Instacart.

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7/22/2019

Fresh cherries are an in-demand commodity in China, but US import tariffs for the fruit have climbed to 50%. In May 2018, the US portion of total shipments of cherries to China was at roughly 80%, but the May 2019 figure dropped to merely 38%, according to Reuters.

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7/22/2019

Produce harvests in Colorado are anticipated to begin in seven to 10 days due to a cool, wet spring season, but growers expect the size and taste of this year's harvest shouldn't be affected. "[I]f it stays hot and dry like it is, we're going to have some exceptionally sweet fruit this year," said Michael Hirakata, a farmer in the Arkansas valley.

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7/22/2019

The Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus -- which first appeared in Israel five years ago -- has been located by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in Essex County. The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has advised farmers to restrict the number of people entering greenhouses, wear specific clothing when they do tend to crops and properly disinfect anything in contact with the tomatoes.

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7/22/2019

Using a statistical method that chose consistent positive traits of produce, a team from Cornell University has created an open-source software program that helps plant breeders make growing decisions. "This approach can standardize evaluations and make them faster and more efficient, and it can also reveal individual biases in how a human might respond to a particular variety of a vegetable or plant," said Zachary Stansell, a doctoral student in the Cornell group.

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7/22/2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday announced 48 organizations will receive a portion of the $100 million allocated by the USDA to create new markets. The top two recipients were the American Soybean Association at $12.7 million and the US Meat Export Federation at $10 million.

7/22/2019

Seven voluntary US grade regulations and one consumer regulation on fresh fruits and vegetables have been withdrawn from the Code of Federal Regulations. The Department of Agriculture removed the standards on apricots, cantaloupes, celery, honeydew/honey ball type melons, nectarines, peaches and Persian limes because none of the regulations are part of active marketing orders or import or export rules.

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7/22/2019

Increased demand from the US and China boosted Australia's wine exports by 4% last year to $2.86 billion, according to Wine Australia. The US shipments mark the first US growth in two years.

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