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9/20/2017

Kroger banner Harris Teeter has teamed with omnichannel platform provider Myxx to roll out a website that allows customers to look for recipes and populate shopping lists from the recipes they find. The new site also lets shoppers send the recipe-based grocery lists to Harris Teeter's ExpressLane e-commerce service and place orders for in-store pickup or delivery.

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9/20/2017

Kroger will launch an initiative to address hunger, which affects about 42 million Americans, and the approximately 72 billion pounds of food wasted in the US each year, the company said Tuesday. Through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger will set the goal of ending hunger in its communities and achieving zero food waste across the company by 2025, with the effort including a $10 million innovation fund, more food donations, better quality donations and advocacy for anti-hunger policies.

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9/20/2017

Target has historically avoided playing music in its stores, but a 2011 test at one store revealed customers and employees enjoyed the perk. The retailer has since added the feature at new urban stores and it will now incorporate music at existing locations as part of a massive remodeling project, spokeswoman Kristy Welker said.

9/20/2017

Walmart won't hire temporary staffers this season and instead will offer existing employees the chance to earn more during the busy holiday weeks, the retailer said. The company employs about 1.5 million people in the US, and beefed-up training programs have prepared them to meet holiday-season demands, said Judith McKenna, Walmart's US chief operating officer.

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Bloomberg
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9/20/2017

John Ross, president of data and analytics firm Inmar, will become the new president and CEO of Independent Grocers Alliance next month. Ross, an experienced data expert, will replace Mark Batenic, who will serve as IGA's board chairman until the end of next year.

9/20/2017

The San Luis Obispo County, Calif., Chamber of Commerce has begun selling 42 different local wines in its visitor center. The wines will be sold at the same cost shoppers would find when visiting the 12 local wineries that are taking part.

9/20/2017

The top three distributors in the US account for almost $30 billion in wholesale wine business, according to a list from Wines & Vines, which reflects the industry's consolidation, Thomas Pellechia writes. Leader Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits itself accounts for $16.5 billion in business.

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Forbes
9/20/2017

Taco Bell plans to open at least 300 big-city locations by 2022, and most of those will sell alcoholic drinks under the Taco Bell Cantina model that debuted in 2015. Its first targets for major growth are New York and Chicago, but Las Vegas, Cleveland and San Francisco already have model locations.

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Eater
9/20/2017

How a tequila-maker decides to age the spirit is a major factor that determines the style of the finished product. A blanco tequila has been aged two or fewer months, while anejo tequila has been aged at least one year.

9/20/2017

The city of Sonoma, Calif., is considering at least a temporary moratorium on new wine-tasting rooms as it reviews regulation issues in the area. Sonoma is home to 23 wine tasting rooms near its historic plaza, up from 13 in 2012.