Hungary produces both sweet and dry Tokaji wines, and the dry variety is garnering more international attention recently, Tim McKirdy writes. When the fall rains fail to arrive, winemakers there pick their grapes earlier and make drier wines, he writes.
Foodservice distributor Sysco will invest $15 million in a 70,000-square-foot expansion of its cold storage facility in Des Plaines, Ill. The original custom building was built for Sysco a decade ago.
Growers in Texas and Mexico are reporting a late start to the season for crops including greens and onions because of heavy rains. "We've have had our fair share of struggles this year when it comes to weather," said Trevor Stuart of Frontera Produce in Texas, whose crops include cabbage and cilantro.
Meal-kit company Blue Apron will cut about 100 jobs, or 4% of its workforce, and cut back on marketing investments to court new customers, the company said. Six-year-old Blue Apron was a pioneer in the meal-kit space, but competition has grown and the company reported a 28.4% decline in third-quarter revenue.
Scientists are working on gene-edited foods -- including heart healthy soybean oils and disease-resistant fruits -- that are expected to show up at the supermarket as early as next year. "If the consumer sees the benefit, I think they'll embrace the products and worry less about the technology," said University of Minnesota professor Dan Voytas.
Growers, packers and government representatives came to terms and ended a 16-day strike that was delaying the avocado harvest in Michoacan, Mexico. The strike took a toll in the US, which depends largely on Mexico for avocados in the winter months.
Coca-Cola revamped its social media channels on Tuesday, with a plan to emphasize optimism going forward. "World Kindness Day feels like such an appropriate day and moment to kick off messages of positivity, but also when you look at Coke and what Coke stands for, Coke really is a brand about optimism, uplift and wants to bring people together in moments of connection," said Coca-Cola's Sarah Traverso.
Walmart is working with Ford and Postmates to test an autonomous grocery delivery service in the Miami market. Ford said it will experiment with different vehicle designs and systems to keep groceries fresh for delivery.
H.E. Butt Grocery is adding its cashierless checkout system to seven stores in the Austin, Texas, market after first deploying them in San Antonio. The system lets shoppers scan items with an app on a smart device, then pay without going through checkout.