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8/31/2015

Millennials on a mission to find new local, authentic and artisan products are fueling annual increases in craft beer sales and encouraging the rise of indie distillers and wine makers, said NPD Group's Warren Solochek. "If you ask me if I think it's a trend or a fad, I think it's a trend. I do think it will continue into the foreseeable future, because people love to try something new," he said.

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NPD Group
8/31/2015

Amazon may be ramping up the number of items available as part of its Prime program, but the two-day guarantee delivery window will be limited to regional customers for some items, the company confirmed. The e-commerce giant is also testing ways to cut down on shipping costs, Greg Bensinger writes.

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Amazon, Prime, Greg Bensinger
8/31/2015

Razer is bringing a "pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade" Xbox One controller to market next month to compete with Microsoft's $150 "Elite" controller, the company confirmed. The "Wildcat" will tout two extra bumpers and two extra removable triggers, and each button can be configured by the player.

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Razer, Microsoft
8/31/2015

Kroger is in the process of getting the appropriate licenses to sell wine at some of its stores in Tennessee starting next July. "Wine has been one of our most requested items for many years now, so no doubt our customers are anxiously awaiting this day as well," Kroger spokeswoman Melissa Eads said. The retailer will also add tap beers at some Cincinnati-area locations this fall as part of an effort to get more customers into its stores.

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Kroger, Melissa Eads
8/31/2015

Disney's latest update to its toys-to-life brand is appealing equally to "males and females, old and young" according to the company's John Vignocchi. The fact "Infinity 3.0" is attracting as many girls as boys prompted Disney to include female Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano in the "Infinity 3.0" starter pack.

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Disney, Infinity
8/31/2015

Epix will switch its streaming partner from Netflix to Hulu on Oct. 1, under a deal that calls for movies and original content to available 90 days after the launch of their first airing on pay TV. Netflix said it is allowing its deal with Epix to expire as it focuses more on exclusive movie rights and original content.

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Epix, Hulu, Netflix
8/31/2015

Sony is in the process of crowdfunding its "Wena" analog smartwatch packed with near-field communication technology for mobile payments and a step counter. Competitor LG is taking pre-orders for its "Watch Urbane Luxe," a limited-edition, high-fashion Android Wear smartwatch that will run out after 500 units are shipped.

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ITWorld.com
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LG, Sony, mobile payments, Android
8/31/2015

The Handy Dandy Market and Deli serves as the epicenter of an initiative with the Knox County, Tenn., Health Department that aims to encourage residents of South Knoxville to make healthier eating choices. As part of the initiative, the retailer has added a produce cart and bike racks, as well as healthier snack products.

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Health Department
8/31/2015

Brookshire's Food Stores has made a commitment to purchase locally grown, produced and distributed products from suppliers in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas as part of an effort to support local businesses in the three states, where the retailer operates 151 stores. Promotions of the local products will include shelf tags, displays and in-store signage.

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Progressive Grocer
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Brookshire, Food Stores
8/31/2015

To meet increased demand for its pet treat products, World Pet has installed its sixth fill/seal system, a Roberts Series Pre-Made Fill-Seal Standup Pouch Machine. "Not only has demand for our own branded products grown, we've had new co-packing customers come online. We are growing across the US, as well as exporting into South America, parts of the Pacific and Europe," said Phil Bates, World Pet's vice president of manufacturing.