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2/15/2019

The Pathmark grocery banner will return to one of its former locations in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the Allegiance Retail Services cooperative. The former location should open this spring, bringing back a banner that closed amid the bankruptcy of A&P in 2015.

2/15/2019

Walmart is testing two types of digital shelf tags in the baked goods section at two stores in Rogers, Ark. Test shoppers sent by market research firm Field Agent preferred the labels to standard ones, but were split in their opinions between the long, full-color LED strips and the smaller digital tags.

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2/15/2019

M&M's Chocolate Bars, which feature M&M candies enrobed in chocolate, are off to a great start, says Mars Wrigley Confectionery Americas President Tracey Massey. "We launched it just [toward] the end of last year ... it did really, really well -- it's actually one of the things that really drove our sales in December," she says.

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2/15/2019

Soaring water prices in the Australian state of Victoria have forced at least one cherry farmer to destroy nearly 3,500 trees and consider closing down for good. The shortage and high prices are also taking a toll on other area industries, notably dairy, rice and cotton.

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ABC (Australia)
2/15/2019

Retail prices on roses and other flowers soar around Valentine's Day as the sudden surge in demand pushes logistics systems to their limits and drives up costs. "It's really expensive just to get them to the market," Texas A&M University horticulture professor Charles Hall said.

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Texas A&M University
2/15/2019

Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets again have been honored among the 100 Best Companies To Work For by Fortune magazine and consultants Great Places to Work. "There is nothing more important to us than being a great place to work for all," said Wegmans President and CEO Colleen Wegman.

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Progressive Grocer
2/15/2019

Amazon has secured space in central London to bring its Amazon Go cashierless store concept to the UK, according to a report in The Grocer. Amazon had no comment on its plans for the UK stores, which now are open in 10 US locations.

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Reuters
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Amazon, The Grocer
2/15/2019

Americans consume more wine overall than the French do, per data from the International Organization of Wine. US consumers sipped almost 148 million more gallons of wine than those in France in 2017, the report states.

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VinePair
2/15/2019

Treasury Wine Estates is working to acquire land and other winemaking resources in France so it can expand its French wine offerings. The company expects to release its Penfolds Champagne by year's end.

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Treasury Wine Estates
2/15/2019

The Wonderful Co.'s JNSQ brand was developed in less than a year, launching rose cru and sauvignon blanc wines geared toward millennial and older Generation Z women at a Los Angeles fashion event this month. "It's a wine made with that same shared quality of je ne sais quoi that makes each of these ladies unique, memorable and unstoppable," company co-owner Lynda Resnick said of the wine, which comes in reusable bottles with glass toppers; the bottles' design was inspired by vintage perfume bottles.