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1/19/2018

The Peas Please campaign is designed to ramp up marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables and promote healthier eating in the UK, with a mix of public and private funding from the government, retailers and producers. TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall helped kick off the campaign.

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The Drum (Scotland)
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
1/19/2018

Tropical fruits and vegetables sourced sustainably from Africa, Asia and South America are on the rise and on track to hit 100% by 2020, according to Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables. The group launched in 2012 and has grown to 40-plus partners in six European countries.

1/19/2018

Washington-based fruit snack producer Tree Top has created a see-through pouch for its applesauce that lets parents view what's inside. The snacks come in six flavors and are also on the menu at such restaurant chains as Sonic, Shari's and Arby's.

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Tree Top, Arby, Sonic, Shari
1/19/2018

The Agriculture Department will consider changes to the National Organic Program's List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The alterations would include allowing certified organic producers to use substances that are currently banned.

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Food Safety News
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National Organic Program, USDA
1/19/2018

The US will continue to build on its lead as the top value wine market in the world and will spend $45 billion on wine in 2021, according to a Vinexpo report. The report also points to New Zealand and France as poised to increase their shares of the US market.

1/19/2018

Two Arizona wineries have earned the state's first wins in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Chateau Tumbleweed won for the best viognier priced above $25, while Lightning Ridge Cellars won for the best Montepulciano.

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Chateau Tumbleweed
1/19/2018

Consumers can home in on what kind of wines they like best by understanding the role that oak barrels play in some wines, Michael Austin writes. The longer a wine spends in oak, the more flavors and tannins it will pick up while its sharper edges are mellowed, he writes.

1/19/2018

The social media world of wine features envy-inducing pictures of sommeliers drinking expensive bottles and more useful content as well, Lettie Teague writes. Quick and thoughtful information about wine is available on social media platforms such as Instagram, she writes.

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social media, Instagram
1/19/2018

Some state lawmakers in Tennessee say the time is right to open up Sunday sales of liquor and wine. A number of liquor store owners have expressed concern about the proposal, however. noting that while they are not open on Sundays now, their grocery competitors are.

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Tennessee
1/18/2018

Wegmans will open a new store April 29 at a mall in Natick, Mass., where it is taking over a space that formerly held a JCPenney. Extensive interior renovation has been done to make the location into a grocery that will include a Mexican restaurant and burger bar.

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Wegmans, JCPenney