H.E. Butt Grocery is buying Favor Delivery, an Austin-based service that delivers restaurant meals and groceries across Texas. Favor will initially continue to operate as a separate subsidiary, H-E-B executives said, even as they acknowledged the major role of grocery delivery in their business plans.
Consumers are increasingly adapting to sweeter Champagne varieties, following years of favoring dry offerings, said Benoit Gouez, chef de cave at Moet & Chandon. He also said beverage fans are enjoying Champagne in modern ways, such as over ice, particularly in warmer climates.
Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets have earned places in Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. All three grocers have managed to make the list, based on employee survey results, for at least nine years running.
Israel's CommonSense Robotics has raised $20 million in financing as it works on ways to automate the supply chain for the grocery industry. It is working to develop "mirco-fulfillment centers," which would be smaller than full warehouses and closer to population centers.
Scannable shelf tags could be a better customer interaction than digital beacons as customers walk through stores, Lisa Lacy writes. Consumers are empowered to scan only those tags that interest them, instead of beacons broadcasting to any shopper with an app open, she writes.
Cities in Germany are fostering local and organic agriculture by turning former industrial land into community gardens and encouraging residents to grow their own organic produce in public spaces. "Back in 2003, organic initiatives were a fringe topic -- but today we're seeing plenty of support for our work," said Werner Ebert of BioMetropole Nurnberg, which works with the city of Nuremberg on a program to provide certified organic meals in schools.
Pennsylvania-based Gourmet's Finest Mushroom will introduce two varieties of a new product called Mushroom Crumble on Monday. The products are designed to encourage consumers to eat more mushrooms by blending them into burgers and other meat dishes.
Chilean wine is on course to become the UK's second-most imported wine, trailing only Australia, according to Vinexpo and IWSR statistics. It is currently sixth for UK imports, but is expected to reach second place by 2021.
Wine counterfeiting expert Maureen Downey advises buying from a trusted wine merchant to minimize the risk of getting ripped off. Another quick way to avoid fakes: Scrutinize the label, because high-end printing looks sharper under close inspection than something from an inkjet printer, Downey advises.
Greener Fields Together recently announced this year's winners of $75,000 in Cultivating Change grants. Choctaw Fresh Produce, a Mississippi-based venture launched in 2012 by an Indian tribe to build a local food production system, was awarded a $20,000 grant.
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