Suntory has long been known for its whisky, but the Japanese company has also gone back to its roots as winemaker using native grapes. One wine the firm is making in its revived program is a vibrant white with notes of apple from Japan's signature grape, koshu.
Los Angeles, Calif.-based online health store Thrive Market is adding clean wines that are low in sulfites to its product lineup. The wines will be priced at less than $20 per bottle, and to be more environmentally friendly, they will be packaged in recycled material molds that don't need bubble wrap or Styrofoam.
Georgia vegetable growers incurred losses of up to $300 million from Hurricane Michael, according to a preliminary report from the University of Georgia. "It must be stressed that we are still evaluating fields, and some of these numbers may change as we gather more information," the report says.
US demand for green bell peppers is increasing amid a slightly smaller supply due to rain and humidity taking a toll on Mexico's crop. The Nogales, Ariz., season will start in less than two months, and some growers have cut back on Roma tomato production to grow more bell peppers, said Ken Meyer of Superior Sales.
AgroFresh's RipeLock system combines packaging and technology to slow banana ripening, giving the fruit four to six more days on the shelf, the company says. The bananas are packed in the modified atmosphere bag after picking, and they remain bagged during shipping.
A slew of apps are helping consumers, retailers, farmers and others in the food supply chain curb food waste and alleviate hunger. Feedie lets participating restaurants contribute to a hunger cause each time patrons post a food photo, and Food for All connects consumers with discounted restaurant meals as closing time approaches.
PayPal customers will be able to make deposits and withdrawals from their online accounts at Walmart stores by early November. The service, which is the first of its kind for PayPal in brick-and-mortar locations, will carry a $3 fee and will also be available to PayPal Cash Mastercard holders.
In 2014, Lowes Foods began rebranding to become a new kind of grocer due to the changing pace of food retail, according to Tim Lowe, president of the North Carolina-based chain. "We saw a few years back that the consumer was changing and there was a convergence coming that was going to cause a seismic shift that would not leave the landscape the same," Lowe said.
Walmart is plunging into an array of new technologies, teaming with PayPal for financial products and Eko for interactive video, and even by developing shopping cart handles that gauge the biometrics of its shoppers. The Eko partnership is expected to produce video content such as cooking shows and toy catalogs that invite viewers to engage.
If you're unsure whether you've met someone before, can't remember a name or claim expertise when you're clueless, Vanessa Van Edwards has advice for saving face in these difficult moments. "I am a big fan of coming clean and stopping the lie before it gets too far," she writes.