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3/22/2019

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's Romanee-Conti Grand Cru wine has surpassed the $20,000 mark in value. The DRC Burgundy now boasts an average price of $20,110 on Wine-Searcher, writes Don Kavanagh.

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3/22/2019

UK wine brand Hardys has debuted an alcohol-free chardonnay. The wine uses the same grapes that Hardys standard chardonnay uses, but it goes through a vacuum distillation process to remove the alcohol.

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3/22/2019

Oregon's Willamette Valley Wineries Association is seeking, via two proposals, to increase regional wine content standards by requiring some varietals to be made entirely from the named grape and grown within the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area. While Adelsheim Vineyard founder David Adelsheim said that including even 5% of grapes from a different region can harm the wine's taste, grape growers such as Michael Moore of Quail Run Vineyards say the change could have huge financial repercussions for their businesses.

3/21/2019

Target is testing a grab-and-go snack bar concept at multiple locations that features Pizza Hut items, salads and packaged snacks such as beef jerky, and allows customers to pay at a self-serve kiosk. "We are pleased with the guest response so far and are continuing to evaluate the concept," a Target spokesperson said.

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3/21/2019

General Mills' US cereal sales increased 4% during the most recent quarter, with new offerings such as Fruity Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros helping drive growth. Other brands showing positive momentum were Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Larabar, Totino's and Epic Provisions.

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3/21/2019

Visual cues such as a clean and fully stocked case are key indicators that shoppers relate to freshness, according to a poll included in the Culinary Visions' Fresh Perspectives Study. One stark finding: 9 out of 10 shoppers said they don't like clutter near fresh food displays.

3/21/2019

Power poses didn't live up to the hype, but they can inspire simple yet effective body language that helps you put your best self forward during meetings or presentations, writes former FBI agent LaRae Quy. Give a genuine smile, use simple hand gestures, keep a wide stance, avoid touching your neck and maintain strong posture.

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3/21/2019

Manischewitz has embarked on a branding makeover and a new tagline, "Comfort Food for the Soul." The company will update its website, advertisements and packaging, and plans to roll out new products after Passover.

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3/21/2019

UK supermarket chains Sainsbury's and Asda have promised to cut $1.3 billion in prices and said they will divest some stores in an effort to win approval for Sainsbury's proposed $9.7 billion acquisition of Asda, which is owned by Walmart. The UK Competition and Markets Authority has recommended blocking the deal unless many of the stores are sold.

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3/21/2019

Organic blueberry imports to the US hit $117.4 million last year, up from $2.9 million in 2011, according to Agriculture Department data. Mexico, Peru, Chile and Canada are the biggest sources of US organic blueberry imports.

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