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10/18/2018

Zanotto's has added a store adjacent to a San Jose, Calif., transit station that has been specially designed to cater to commuters' needs. The smaller-format store will open at 6 a.m. and features several grab-and-go meal options, including more than 20 housemade pasta dishes and vegetable salads.

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10/18/2018

UK grocers are working with technology company NCR to install facial recognition systems at self-checkouts that can verify ages for alcohol purchases. The system, which will be launched by the end of the year, would use a camera to estimate the age of the customer, keeping employees from having to verify every sale.

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10/18/2018

The Bellhop Bar will bring old-school cocktails to all Loews Hotels until mid-January of next year. It's a modern version of a steamer trunk, with stylish bottles; guests will be able to enjoy prebatched cocktails and select wines.

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10/18/2018

The fourth quarter is the time of year when entrepreneurs focus on the numbers their businesses generate, a practice that can distract from a sense of purpose and meaning. Rhett Power offers five pointers from professionals who have managed to identify a strong sense of purpose.

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10/18/2018

Heavier-than-average rainfall throughout the summer has taken a toll on Maryland's pumpkin crop. Growers are reporting smaller volumes, and some also say the rainfall stunted the growth of the gourds that did survive.

10/18/2018

Stocks of California table grapes hit a 10-year high of 12.9 million boxes as of Sept. 30, according to Origin Fruit Services South America. Volumes are up 19% from the same time last year, and stocks of seedless red and seedless black grapes increased 39% and 16%, respectively, year over year.

10/18/2018

A United Way-backed effort called Fresh Connect delivers free fresh fruits and vegetables to three towns in Bucks County, Pa., every Tuesday. This week, volunteers from Giant Food Stores handed out the produce, and the company donated $1,050 to the United Way to continue funding the program.

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10/18/2018

The farmer-owned Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative has won an Agriculture Department grant to put more local fruits and vegetables into restaurants, retailers and other foodservice outlets. "We look forward to working with supply chain partners on creating an efficient distribution system that will provide a great boost for Wisconsin farmers," said General Manager Tara Turner.

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10/18/2018

Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands plans to step down from the position on March 1. Constellation President Bill Newlands will take over as CEO.

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10/18/2018

Kroger's online wine shopping and delivery service has begun its soft launch, offering curated domestic and imported wines to customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger Wine's offerings are available in six- and 12-bottle cases, with 15 collections available, along with optional mixes of red, white and rose wines.

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