Land O'Lakes maintains data regarding aggregate farm output, which it then shares with farmers so they can use the insights to operate sustainably. The key to a thriving food economy in the future is "data, data, data," said CEO Beth Ford.
H.E. Butt Grocery is investing in people to differentiate itself, with President Craig Boyan asserting that technology should be used to create jobs and improve the lives of both customers and employees. "We believe the main thing we need to do is invest in people -- and better people," Boyan said.
Kroger is teaming up with Growing America's Farmers to make college scholarships available through Future Farmers of America. A portion of sales of GR Farms' Vidalia onions in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina will go toward the scholarships.
Ahold Delhaize's Netherlands banner Albert Heijn is piloting an artificial intelligence-powered platform that automatically adjusts chicken and fish prices to reduce waste. Prices go down as a product's sell-by date approaches and are affected by factors like location, weather conditions, in-store stock and historical sales performance.
Many people fail to realize that their professional image is suffering, writes Rebecca Koenig, who lists nine indications an employee lacks self-awareness. Consult with someone you trust to give you honest feedback about how others perceive your competency and social skills.
In 2014, Mariana Vasconcelos launched her Agrosmart software, which allows farmers to use artificial intelligence to make informed decisions regarding irrigation, harvesting and pest control. Some farmers in Brazil have successfully used the platform to improve crop yields and curb water use by 40%.
Winemakers are creating a plethora of canned wine options, recognizing that the trend has serious staying power as sales were up 69% last year to $69 million, versus only $2 million in 2012, according to Nielsen. Treasury Wine Estates and E. & J. Gallo are among established players that have introduced canned wines, joining startups like West + Wilder, a can-only producer that is working to bring a higher profile to the category through established appellations.
Jackson Family Wines is looking for an estate in Tasmania where it can make chardonnay and pinot noir, said Pedro Rusk, the company's wine educator. "We've been in acquisition mode for the last few years...the growth of the company is always spurred from opportunity," he said.
While Champagne sales by value remained stable in 2018 compared with 2017, sales by volume dropped 1.8% -- 301.9 million bottles were sold in 2018 versus 307.4 million bottles in 2017, according to Comite Champagne data. The sales volume for 2018 was the lowest seen since 2009, but most of this drop can be attributed to a decrease in local French sales for the first time since early in the previous century, with more Champagne now being sold outside of France, Caroline Henry writes.
New Zealand's Brancott Estate is introducing a vegan, organic wine line in the UK. The Living Land series, already available in its home country, will be sold exclusively at Tesco, with the sauvignon blanc variety being the first to hit shelves in the UK.
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