Riverside County, Calif., leaders are considering an ordinance that would allow the growth, manufacture, distribution and sale of marijuana products in most unincorporated areas while preventing such activities in Temecula Valley Wine Country. "My fear is that you would see vineyards pushed out and there would be outdoor cultivation with chain-linked, barbed-wire fences," said Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association President Danny Martin of the potential of marijuana businesses operating within the area.
WSWA is urging the federal government to respect states that choose to legalize marijuana and promote a clear regulatory structure within such states, writes Courtney Schiessl, in an attempt to clarify the news about the association's support of a state's right to legalize marijuana. "By supporting and encouraging regulation of intoxicants like cannabis and alcohol, the WSWA hopes to put the health and safety of the consumer first," Schiessl writes.
Menu labeling rules that took effect in the spring could help restaurants boost fruit and vegetable sales, industry executives said. "Providing the calorie information will inspire consumers to select better-for-you options when dining out or even try out new menu items that they would have otherwise strayed away from," said Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos of produce supplier D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California.
At least 107 countries and territories, including Canada and the US, received frozen vegetables from Greenyard Frozen that have been linked to a listeria outbreak. The recalled vegetables were the source of 47 illnesses and nine deaths in Europe.
Zest Labs has created a system that uses internet of things sensors to track the freshness of fruits and vegetables through the supply chain in real time. The system, dubbed Zest Fresh, is designed to help produce shippers better manage inventories and reduce waste.
About a third of all food waste happens in the supply chain, but companies are utilizing new strategies to address it. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help to streamline quality inspections, and blockchain is allowing organizations to move almost-expired food where it can be used immediately.
Freshness, convenience and ease of cooking are key for online grocers, executives said this month during a panel at the Organic Produce Summit. "Millennials don't know how to cook. Take your product and make it easy for consumers to use," said Peapod's Vice President of Merchandising Tony Stallone.
Target will open its newest small-format store in downtown Denver on Sunday, with a merchandise selection tailored to local tastes. The 30,000-square-foot urban store on the city's 16th Street Mall is in an area with a combination of residents, daytime workers and tourists.
FreshDirect has opened a 400,000-square-foot high-tech warehouse in the Bronx with the goal of growing its capability in its New York home, where it has been a leader in the crowded market for home delivery. The new facility features energy-efficient systems technology including robotic pick towers to assemble orders efficiently.
General Mills is bringing Oui by Yoplait Petites to US shelves, packaged in 3.5-ounce glass pots. The smaller versions of the company's Oui line come in Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Sea Salt Caramel, Chocolate with Shavings and Caramelized Apple flavors.