Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres Maczassek has been searching for higher land and hearty older vines in a bid to make the wine business more resistant to climate change. Many of the tough old vines that proved themselves resistant to phylloxera also seem to be drought-resistant, he finds.
Target will make over 1,000 of its 1,800 stores in the next three years, up from the 600 announced earlier this year, after seeing positive results from its first remodels, CEO Brian Cornell said Thursday. As it focuses on competing with Amazon and Walmart, Target will also open more small-format stores and bolster its private-label offerings.
Acquiring both Associated Grocers of Florida and Unified Grocers has put SUPERVALU in a strong position in the food retail industry, according to supermarket expert Burt Flickinger III. The acquisitions bolster SUPERVALU's position among Hispanic and Asian-American consumers and give the retailer the ability to lower store prices on private-label and CPG items, making it more competitive, he said.
Neiman Marcus has teamed with Indie Beauty Expo to launch 15 new beauty brands at the upscale retailer's department stores. It's the latest example of department stores looking to boost store traffic and beauty sales through partnerships with independent brands.
Sephora Collection teamed with Clique Media Group to launch a beauty truck that rolled out to college campuses this week with makeup samples and beauty tips. Students get advice on how to make up appropriately for different situations from internship interviews to nights out.
Walmart sees a retail future where virtual reality tools can create improved experiences, including 3-D holograms that would let Bonobos customers virtually try on new fashions. Other innovations in the pipeline include 3-D images that give ModCloth shoppers a better way to find the right fit and virtual shopping assistants.
A program that provided weekly boxes of fresh produce and healthy foods to low-income families with children at risk of diabetes found that children developed a greater interest in eating fresh, local and unfamiliar foods. The program, part of the Food as Medicine initiative in Alameda County, Calif., also improved the health of some parents.
Pandan, a leaf from southeast Asia that resembles vanilla and can be used to flavor beverages and sweet and savory dishes, is shaping up to be the next hot food trend, says celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. "I think it's going to be the new matcha," she adds.
Four tomato producers in Turkey have been granted permission to ship up to 50,000 metric tons of their fruit to Russia, with the first shipments coming in early December. Russia has lifted bans on other crops from Turkey, after calling a halt to imports from the country on Jan. 1, 2016.
Mann Packing Co. has issued a recall on about 150 fresh-cut vegetable products distributed to retailers in the US and Canada due to concerns about listeria contamination. The list of recalled brands includes Archer Farms, Trader Joe's and Walmart.
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