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12/6/2017

The effects of climate change and fungal diseases are taking a toll on the banana crop in Cameroon, and growers are getting help from the EU to find ways to boost volumes and fruit quality, according to the Cameroon Development Corporation. The group expects to fall short of the 119,000 metric tons it had expected to produce this year.

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12/6/2017

Ontario, Canada-based greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce has created four meal kits under its Sunset brand. The You Make Me pasta kits contain fresh tomatoes plus other ingredients needed to make pasta dinners for two.

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12/6/2017

A late frost led to a smaller UK apple harvest this year, though many of the apples grew to twice their normal size. Morrisons supermarkets will sell about 120,000 oversize Braeburn apples in the next two weeks.

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The Guardian (London)
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12/6/2017

Researchers in the US and Brazil have identified a molecule they say attracts the insect responsible for citrus greening disease. Now scientists aim to turn the discovery into a product to trap and neutralize the insect.

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Reuters
12/6/2017

A Chinese wine company has been charged with selling counterfeit Moet Hennessy wine in the country after a complaint, with more than 500 bottles seized. The wines were labeled as Cotes du Rhone, but Moet Hennessy does not do any winemaking in the Rhone Valley.

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12/6/2017

An index of the secondary market for fine wine climbed strongly in November to an all-time high. The wine portion of the luxury index compiled by Liv-ex was its strongest component, rising 11% in the past 12 months, with Burgundy prices leading the charge.

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12/6/2017

"Saturday Night Live" has released several wines that pay homage to the show's most iconic characters from its 40-year run. The collection includes four wines, among them a 2016 Debbie Downer Chardonnay from Australia and a 2016 Stefon Beaujolais.

12/6/2017

Away from the hubbub over Beaujolais Nouveau, the area's top crus are making really interesting wines that deserve more attention, Tom Mullen writes. Unlike the very young nouveau, wines from crus such as Moulin-A-Vent are well-developed with deep, spicy layers, he writes.

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Forbes
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12/6/2017

A bill proposed for Idaho's legislative session next month would allow businesses to buy and relabel wines with their own name. The bill, backed by the Idaho Wine Commission, would be intended to increase wine sales and provide a marketing opportunity for restaurants and other businesses.

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Idaho Wine Commission
12/5/2017

Dollar General's low-price model is gaining ground in rural communities where residents are struggling financially, and the 14,000-store retailer plans to open thousands more locations. "The economy is continuing to create more of our core customer," CEO Todd Vasos said.

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