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6/27/2017

German discount grocer Lidl will open a $100 million regional headquarters and distribution facility in Cartersville, Ga., late next year, marking its fourth such center in the US, the company said Monday. The retailer has also set a July opening date for its next four US stores in Virginia and North Carolina, following its first wave of US store openings earlier this month.

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6/27/2017

Bruce Besanko has resigned as chief financial officer at grocery retailer and wholesaler SUPERVALU, effective July 5, the company said. Besanko, who is the third high-profile grocery executive to resign in recent days, also serves as the chief operating officer of SUPERVALU.

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6/27/2017

German startup Infarm is developing "indoor vertical farming" equipment that would allow the growth of herbs, vegetables and other produce inside grocery stores for consumers to harvest from. European wholesaler Metro Group is already trialing the equipment, and Infarm said the company has seen interest from other retailers interested in trying the system.

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6/27/2017

Fruit and vegetable consumption is on the rise in Scotland, and farmers have boosted produce production over the past decade to meet growing demand. The country is putting together a task force to identify areas for additional growth and promote Scotland-grown produce over imports, said Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

6/27/2017

A scientific panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and dubbed Science Breakthroughs 2030 held its first meeting in a quest for ways to feed the world's growing population amid a changing climate. "This is something we owe to society … to really look forward as far as we can see and find better solutions," said John Floros, a committee co-chair.

6/27/2017

Amazon's planned acquisition of Whole Foods Market could be the solution to making healthy food accessible in neighborhoods that don't have easy access to supermarkets and fresh food, said John Foraker, president of Annie's Homegrown. "Amazon has a long history of figuring out how to drive efficiency out of a supply chain," he said.

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Business Insider
6/27/2017

Among the eye-catching products at the recent VinExpo in Bordeaux was the first extra dry Champagne from Veuve Clicquot called Extra Brut Extra Old, priced at $90, Elin McCoy writes. Another promising attention-getter at the event was a premium vodka from Siberia called Taiga Shtof, priced at $80.

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Bloomberg
6/27/2017

Cabernet sauvignon is the biggest winner in the surge of interest in higher-end wines, Silicon Valley Bank's Rob McMillan told the Napa Valley Planning Commissioners during a recent meeting about wine industry economics. Napa wineries get major economic support from visitors who join wine clubs and then travel back to the area to visit, McMillan said.

6/27/2017

Wine Awesomeness, which curates a monthly box to be delivered to wine lovers, is opening up its "Summer Friday rose hotline!" offering delivery of Lekker rose wine to a customer's door in Manhattan within three hours on Fridays during the summer. The company is partnering with local wine shops to offer the free delivery.

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6/27/2017

Wisconsin could be debating a measure that would prohibit wine and beer sales at the winery or brewery where it is made, according to reports. Craft groups have banded together after reports of a leaked memo highlighting plans to slip such a measure into the state budget were released.