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9/24/2018

Meijer has begun expanding its home delivery of beer and wine to 40 stores in Ohio via Meijer Home Delivery and a partnership with Shipt. The retailer has been delivering beer and wine in its home state of Michigan since July 2017.

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9/24/2018

A warehouse robot called Alphabot will be put to the test soon in a Walmart in Salem, N.H. The robot can move vertically or up shelves horizontally to gather the items to fill out a grocery order.

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9/24/2018

One-third of retailers say they have used artificial intelligence to improve their supply chain performance, according to a study from Symphony RetailAI which heavily sampled grocers. One-fourth of the companies surveyed said they were striving to incorporate AI into their supply thinking.

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Progressive Grocer
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9/24/2018

The Pear Bureau Northwest is using retailers' performance data from last season to help develop pear marketing plans for this season. "Preconditioned pear programs are growing, and also tasting events or demos play a big part of driving sales in the category," said Tim Evans of Chelan Fresh in Chelan, Wash.

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9/24/2018

New York apple growers are on track to bring in a harvest that's comparable to last year's $343 million crop, according to the Agriculture Department. Hot, dry summer days have improved the flavor of the fruit, said Mark Lagoner, president of Lagoner Farms.

9/24/2018

Woolworths-owned New Zealand supermarket chain Countdown has pulled Choice brand strawberries from its shelves. The berries, grown in Western Australia, were pulled as a precaution after more than 100 reports of needles discovered in berries sold in Australia.

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Reuters
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9/24/2018

The nonprofit Invest Health has funded a study that shows that a food desert in Roanoke, Va., would have enough business to support a small grocery. City leaders are now seeking investors to help the project come to fruition.

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9/24/2018

Produce growers in EU countries including the UK, Germany and Spain rely on seasonal workers from Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria and Romania to bring in the harvest each year. Economic conditions are improving in those countries, spurring more people to stay home and work, and in the UK, the looming Brexit is raising additional concerns about hiring enough help next year.

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CNN
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UK, EU, Romania, Bulgaria
9/24/2018

Prison officials sent to pick up boxes of donated bananas last week from a port near Houston discovered cocaine underneath the fruit in one of the boxes. Further inspection of the 45 banana boxes revealed 540 packages of the drug, valued at about $17.8 million.

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9/24/2018

Winemakers in Baja California have agreed to treat wastewater from Tijuana for irrigation use after it flows south through 65 miles of pipes. The deal is expected add a crucial water supply to a region that is growing in popularity as a winemaking area.