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10/1/2020

Schnuck Markets will soon expand its robot workforce to additional stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, using the autonomous shelf-scanning machines to help with inventory control in more than half of its locations. Since the Tally robots were deployed in 2017, they have helped detect stockouts up to 14 times better than the standard manual method while also helping reduce out-of-stock items by 20%, Schnucks said.

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10/1/2020

As National Seafood Month begins, Albertsons is showcasing its ongoing partnership with FishWise to improve traceability and sustainability in its Responsible Seafood Program. Albertsons has focused this year on wild-caught shrimp from a family business in New Orleans, using digital and other supply chain documentation to trace the shrimp's journey from the sea to the store.

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10/1/2020

More than 600 groups joined the FMI Foundation's celebration of National Family Meals Month in September, actively showcasing the benefits of families eating meals together, a message with particular resonance in 2020. Grocers nationwide, including Food City, Hannaford and Family Fare, collaborated in "shining a light on the emotional and physical benefits we continue to get from family meals -- especially in life's difficult moments," said David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation.

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10/1/2020

The scale of destruction from fires and smoke in vast swathes of California has viticulturists speculating that climate change has reached a tipping point that will drastically change the state's wine industry. UC Davis viticulturist S. Kaan Kurtural advises that more heat waves and reduced rainfall that hurt grape crops lie ahead in the state, while Napa Valley College Vineyard Coordinator Molly Hodgins notes "there has been so much smoke exposure in wine regions up and down the west coast this year that most of the 2020 red wines will have some smoke taint."

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10/1/2020

Good Food Holdings, parent company of New Leaf Community Market, New Seasons Market and other specialty grocery banners, has named Neil Stern its new CEO. Stern led the food retail practice for the consulting firm McMillan Doolittle and takes the helm today to replace Matt Turnbull, who will help with the transition by remaining with the company until December.

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10/1/2020

ShopRite's deli app is getting a refresh, with the grocer changing the name from Deli & More to ShopRite Order Express and adding new ordering options. ShopRite said the new-look app will allow shoppers to order platters, catering, flowers and balloons, as well as custom-made cakes and other bakery items.

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10/1/2020

Building on a program initiated by parent company Albertsons, Safeway is rolling out at-home COVID-19 test kits at its pharmacies in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. The kits can be picked up or delivered once patients fill out a questionnaire, with their saliva samples sent to a New York lab and results expected in about 72 hours.

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10/1/2020

Smoke damage from fires may cost Napa Valley vineyard owners as much as 50% of their red-wine grapes, according to wine consultant and Bw166 Managing Partner Jon Moramarco. Meanwhile, Honig Vineyard and Winery's Stephanie Honig said they've canceled production of a cabernet for the first time in 40 years out of concern for smoke taint, and Napa Valley vineyard owner Alexander Eisele said the extent of scorching and smoke taint to his grapes means none can be used for wine, a first in 46 years.

10/1/2020

The EU now has the legal authority to place tariffs on about $4 billion worth of imported US goods, potentially including wine, brandy, vodka and rum, based on a World Trade Organization ruling issued Friday. The WTO in October 2019 authorized the US to put 25% tariffs of a spate of EU imports including wine and spirits; the tariffs on both sides come as part of a larger skirmish over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.

10/1/2020

Afsaneh Beschloss, CEO of investment firm RockCreek, discusses in this interview gender equality in the finance sector and women's rise to leadership positions in the US. "A lot has happened over the last 20 years, where women have risen in some emerging markets and are doing quite well," she said.

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