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5/22/2017

Two genetic mutations bred into tomatoes over many years to improve the crop have a negative effect when combined, according to geneticists. Researchers can now use CRISPR-Cas9 technology to stop the negative activity.

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5/22/2017

Washington-based grower-owned processing co-op Tree Top got creative to find a use for peach puree that turned out too thin to be used in baby food. The puree was combined with apple sauce and turned into Fruit Squeezes, which the co-op donated to local food banks.

5/22/2017

California lemon growers and the US Citrus Science Council have filed a lawsuit challenging a decision by the US Agriculture Department to allow imports of lemons from Argentina after a 70-year ban. The lawsuit claims the decision ignores a history of contamination problems with Argentine lemons and is motivated more by politics than science.

5/22/2017

Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social platforms have driven major growth in the cosmetics industry, as consumers seek to look their best in the images they upload on social media and brands and influencers take to social to post tutorial videos and other content, according to Krissy Cabot, chairman of the Cabot Social Media Corp. Last year, makeup sales led the prestige beauty category, which brought in $17 billion in sales, NPD Group reported.

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Benzinga
5/22/2017

French cosmetics and beauty brand L'Occitane International has acquired a 40% stake in LimeLight, a US-based natural skin care and makeup brand. Under the deal, L'Occitane and LimeLight will also form a joint venture to expand LimeLight's direct sale, multichannel business globally.

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5/22/2017

Beauty industry veterans including Mary Kay, Renee Rouleau Skin Care and SkinCeuticals have found a home in the Dallas market due to its accessibility and central location, its healthy economy, its lack of state income taxes and its abundance of space. The area is becoming a hub for beauty brands, as newcomers such as Drunk Elephant and GloPro increasingly establish businesses there.

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Renee Rouleau, Mary Kay
5/19/2017

Target has launched a new campaign with the tagline "TargetRun And Done," that will highlight convenience as well as low prices. The spots are designed to drive more frequent repeat traffic for quick trips as well as big shops.

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5/19/2017

Food retailers that offer low prices and an omnichannel shopping experience do the best with millennial shoppers, according to a study from inMarket. Kroger's Food 4 Less banner, C-Town Supermarkets and H-E-B lead the industry in drawing millennial shoppers, the report found.

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H-E-B, Kroger
5/19/2017

Meijer's first stores located in Michigan's upper peninsula opened this week, marking the retailer's first stores in the area. The two new 192,000-square-foot supercenters are part of a bigger $375 million plan that will see the company open seven new supercenters and remodel 22 more across five states this year.

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5/19/2017

Southeastern Grocers has become the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation, a group dedicated to supporting small fisheries and ethically-sourced tuna. The move includes a new private label from the retailer dubbed Fisherman's Wharf that includes canned albacore tuna.