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4/26/2018

Updating all of the prices in Utah state liquor stores in one night in June resulted in errors and overcharges, which are being repaid to restaurants after an audit. The number and size of errors were the same as one might expect in private business, said Commissioner Neal Berube of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

4/26/2018

A stark decrease in global wine production last year will lead to potential reductions in quality and higher prices this year. Wholesale prices for basic wine have shot up 74% in Italy and 45% in Spain over last year's numbers, the European Commission reports.

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4/26/2018

Researchers from the University of California are using last fall's wildfires as a way to test the effects of smoke taint on winegrapes. A university research field was just downwind from the Napa fires, making it a perfect place to examine the effects.

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4/26/2018

The White House state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron as guest of honor featured wines from California and Oregon, but none from the Trump label. Highlighted wines included a chardonnay from Domaine Serene and a pinot noir from Domaine Drouhin with the main course.

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4/26/2018

The popular Napa Valley Wine Train will take a detour for Cinco de Mayo into a trip centered around tequila. The trip, sponsored by the Casa Dragones brand, will feature a special menu and a guacamole and salsa bar.

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4/25/2018

Meal delivery service DoorDash has launched a partnership with Walmart to deliver groceries to customers' doors, initially in Atlanta. The test is an important step in DoorDash's plan to branch out beyond meal delivery, according to Chief Operating Officer Christopher Payne, who said "meal delivery is really a small sliver of what we're working on."

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4/25/2018

Educators at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies are working to close opportunity gaps and prepare students for college and career. In this guest column, school officials detail how the public school accomplishes these goals.

4/25/2018

Cherries are a powerful driver of sales in the produce department, generating up to 10% of total weekly sales while in season, and consumers have been buying them in larger quantities. "The big thing about cherries with retailers is it is truly about the only seasonal item left," said Dick Spezzano, president of Spezzano Consulting Service.

4/25/2018

Ocado is looking to drive greater efficiencies with technology ranging from self-driving trucks to machine learning, but the company hasn’t lost its focus on the customer. Co-founder and CEO Tim Steiner shares strategies and a vision for the future of food retail -- and moving from an evolution to a revolution.

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4/25/2018

The new FMI Finding the Profitable Path to Your Digitally Engaged Grocery Shoppers: Free Executive Workbook 2018 helps companies think through their organizational structure, partnerships and strategy. Gather your team and plan your route. Download the free workbook.

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