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2/20/2018

British Columbia has served notice that it is filing an objection to a ban against its wine in Alberta in a dispute tied to an oil pipeline. British Columbia says it is protecting its lands and waters in the pipeline dispute, even as Alberta has retaliated against the wine industry.

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2/20/2018

The Charlotte, N.C., City Council has voted to approve new rules that allow wineries to operate in the same zoning districts and under the same conditions as breweries.

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2/20/2018

State Sen. Lee Harris, sponsor of a bill to allow Sunday wine sales in Tennessee, wants to designate the taxes raised by the move for pre-kindergarten education for low-income families. "The new revenue that will be generated from Sunday sales is an opportunity to expand investment in early childhood education," said Harris.

2/20/2018

Grape and pomegranate growers in India could see exports grow beyond last year's levels, a turnaround from early season concerns about low prices and fruit quality. "Due to the low temperatures, the quality of the harvest was good, and exports saw a boost," said Prabhakar Chandane, president of the Pomegranate Growers' Association of India.

2/20/2018

Restaurants looking to trim labor costs and consumers seeking healthy convenience foods are driving up demand for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables in Canada, suppliers say. Companies including Gambles Produce and Freshline Foods are adding new fresh-cut product lines as demand grows.

2/20/2018

Women in the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey experience more stress than women in other parts of the US, according to a recent study. Factors related to household income, personal health and work-life balance contributed to the stress.

2/20/2018

True Wealth Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on women-led companies, has closed a $19.1 million funding round. Female consumers make the lion's share of consumer-buying decisions, but women receive only a small percentage of available venture capital.

2/19/2018

Gelson's is reopening three remodeled stores in the Southern California market this month, two of which boast smaller footprints. "We want Gelson's to be a unique place where people can try exciting food concepts, have a drink in a social setting, and feel like a new culinary discovery is just around every corner," said Gelson's President and CEO Rob McDougall.

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2/19/2018

Amazon is tidying up its grocery delivery options with a new plan to merge its AmazonFresh and Prime Now services by the end of the year, according to Yahoo Finance. Amazon has been reducing its delivery area for AmazonFresh since its takeover of Whole Foods last summer, and a recent consumer survey finds that 48% of Prime users have been ordering groceries through the service.

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2/19/2018

A new analysis produced by FAIRR predicts that the alternative protein market will grow 8% a year over the next two years. With nearly one-third of millennials eating meat alternatives daily, and half of those shoppers enjoying plant-based proteins for multiple meals during a week, the group expects a $5.2 billion market to bloom by 2020.