Karakuri has received a new investment from British retailer Ocado for its robots that can make fresh customizable meals. The company's latest DK-One machine can assemble 360 meals per hour using up to 48 ingredients.
FMI has praised the FDA for endorsing a "Best if Used By" date on labels as a way to reduce waste while keeping customers safe. "The agency's endorsement signals a best practice in ways industry partners can truly deliver on a promise to provide guidance to our customers that is easier to understand," says FMI CEO Leslie Sarasin.
Inspired by the boulangeries and cafes of France, Jimmy John's has created a wine to pair with its new "The Frenchie" sandwich, which features cured meats on a French baguette. Dubbed Vin de Sandwich, the wine is a "light-bodied pinot noir made with grapes sourced from the Chalone appellation of California, with notes of dark raspberry and ripe cherry," a company announcement said.
High Key Wines has introduced wine pouches that come in three flavors, dry rose, semi-sweet rose and sweet white, with each portable pouch containing approximately the amount found in a customary glass of wine. The pouches are available for order on the High Key website, starting at $19.98 for a six-pack.
A number of businesses are working to boost the global appeal of baijiu, the world's most-consumed spirit according to IWSR, made from grain for thousands of years in China and comprising 40% to 60% ABV. Ming River distillery in China has partnered with a group of expats there to market the drink in the US, while Vinn Distillery in Portland, Ore., is the country's sole domestic baijiu distillery.
Wisconsin Rep. Gary Tauchen has proposed a bill to allow alcohol to be ordered online and delivered there. The bill would require the individual ordering the liquor to prove they are 21 with an ID, and for the delivery person to be 21 and to have undergone bartender training.
South Carolina businesses that sell alcohol will now have to prove they also sell a certain amount of food before a liquor license can be issued or renewed, according to a policy change announced Thursday by the state's Revenue Department. The S.C. Constitution says businesses must engage "primarily and substantially" in selling food in order to receive a liquor license, but it does not stipulate what percentage must be derived from food sales.
The Department of Transportation says that it is working to make it easier to bring automated driving systems to the nation's roadways. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have issued calls for comment related to the use of autonomous vehicles.
Heavy rains have put a damper on California's cherry season, with growers reporting late harvests and lower-than-expected volumes. This year's crop is now estimated at about 5.25 million boxes, half of the 10.5 million boxes forecasted at the beginning of the season, said Mike Collins of Chinchiolo Stemilt California.
The Trump Administration announced a new $16 billion aid package for US farmers whose business is down because of the trade war with China. The list of eligible crops has been expanded to include cranberries, grapes and tree nuts, a shift that's expected to send more of the aid to growers in California.
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