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1/22/2018

A plan by the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to end the limits on the number of liquor licenses available for both retail and bar locations has drawn criticism. The state allows only a certain number of liquor licenses based on an area's population.

1/22/2018

Citrus growers are seeing strong demand for fruit this year, with volumes from Texas, California and Florida expected to be down over last year, according to the Agriculture Department. "Volume has been a little lighter this year compared to average years, but the quality has been outstanding," said Dante Galeazzi, president of the Texas International Produce Association.

1/22/2018

Sandwich chain Jimmy John's pulled sprouts from the menu at all 2,727 of its restaurants on Friday, after the sprouts linked to a salmonella outbreak in Wisconsin and Illinois were traced back to two growers in Minnesota. Eight illnesses have been tied to the product.

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1/22/2018

The Minnesota Farmers Union's 10,000 members have faced high costs and low prices for their crops for several years, wiping out its stockpiled profits, said President Gary Wertish. The group is urging Congress to add support for the dairy industry in particular in the new farm bill, he added.

1/19/2018

Walmart has applied for a patent for a system called Fresh Online Experience, which would give online customers the option of seeing and approving fresh food choices over the internet, according to data and analytics firm CB Insights. Meat, produce and bakery items would receive a visual stamp to assure shoppers they are receiving the item they saw.

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1/19/2018

Online grocery sales are expected to reach $100 billion and account for 25% of the total market by 2025, according to a Nielsen study commissioned by FMI. Amazon's current share of that market is 18%, according to data from One Click Retail.

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Forbes
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1/19/2018

Kroger is actively recruiting managers, with an emphasis on the technology and digital field, as part of its Restock Kroger initiative, having plans for a $500 million investment in staffing. The grocer has also partnered with omnichannel solutions provider Myxx to offer shoppable recipes that are connected to 1,300 of its stores.

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Progressive Grocer
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1/19/2018

Away from beer-loving Prague, a group of winemakers in the Czech Republic's eastern half are creating momentum for natural wines in an association called Autentiste. The wines are made with regional grapes and in styles that are true to the region's central European roots.

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VinePair
1/19/2018

More than half of millennials will use online shopping more often in 2018, according to a survey by IRI. According to the survey, 30% of millennials said shopping online helped them save on food and beverages, compared to 20% of overall consumers.

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1/19/2018

Charismatic leadership isn't always necessary to keep employees engaged, as some people are motivated by solving compelling problems. Problem-led leaders may have less polished approaches to their positions, but they still need to be good at collaboration, writes Leigh Buchanan.

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Inc. online
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