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7/21/2017

H-E-B has teamed with Texas firm Enchanted Rock Energy to add natural gas generators at 50 stores in the Houston market, with plans to eventually roll them out to all of the retailer's stores in Texas. The generators will be a more reliable source of backup power for H-E-B's stores, which currently use diesel generators, allowing the retailer to offer customers a cool building, food and other supplies when power goes out.

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7/21/2017

Kroger will invest $20 million to renovate seven former Marsh Supermarkets the retailer acquired after Marsh filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and the retailer will reopen two of the stores under Kroger's Pay Less banner and five under its namesake banner. Kroger purchased 11 Marsh stores in total, and a task force is studying the options for the four stores not included in the renovation plans, the company said.

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7/21/2017

Consumers want Amazon's impending ownership of Whole Foods Market to lead to more in-store tech innovation, starting with cashier-free checkouts, according to a survey by ChargeItSpot. Shoppers also said they wanted the merger to bring lower prices and create new pickup spots for Amazon purchases.

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7/21/2017

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus will urge the Department of Justice to scrutinize Amazon's planned acquisition of Whole Foods. "This consolidation that's happening all over the country is not a positive trend," he said.

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7/21/2017

Meaningful Beauty, the skincare brand launched by Cindy Crawford, is switching up its packaging and introducing four new products with updated formulas, including a moisturizer that filters blue light from screens. The new products will debut in Ulta Beauty stores on Aug. 20, before rolling out on Amazon and QVC.

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7/21/2017

Raley's Supermarket has added positions such as "wellness specialists" and "wellness champions" to help make shopping for healthy foods easier without casting judgment on shoppers. The new positions and the addition of store "wellness hubs" are part of a two-year effort by the retailer to boost its health and wellness offerings and appeal to more health-conscious consumers.

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7/21/2017

Ailytic, an Australian artificial intelligence firm, is using its analysis to make winemaking operations more efficient. The program looks at all the factors that go into making wine and designs a system and schedule that should save time and money.

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7/21/2017

Nags Head, N.C., passed an ordinance this week to allow alcohol sales to begin on Sundays at 10 a.m. instead of noon. The N.C. legislature recently allowed towns and cities to make the change if they so choose.

7/21/2017

Martha Rhodes Roberts was named 2017's Florida Woman of the Year in Agriculture by the Florida Agriculture Department. Roberts was the first woman in the US to be named assistant agriculture commissioner in 1984, and she has held several leadership positions in agriculture and food production during her career.

7/21/2017

The IGA Extra Famille Duchemin in Montreal grows more than 30 kinds of produce, including garlic and tomatoes, on its roof. The 25,000-square-foot rooftop garden was installed by The Green Line: Green Roof and produces certified organic produce that's sold in the store.