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1/18/2019

Walmart will team with Point Pickup, Skipcart, AxleHire and Roadie to grow its grocery delivery service in four states, as part of the retailer's ongoing efforts to bring grocery delivery to 1,600 stores. The company offers delivery from 800 stores with partners including Postmates, Deliv and DoorDash.

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1/18/2019

Grocery shoppers are visiting center-store aisles less often, but more than 99% of shoppers still made purchases in the category in 2017, and 81% of shopping carts included at least one item from the center store, according to a report from Catalina. Center-store success hinges on meeting consumer demand for new food experiences and fresher, healthier options, said Marta Cyhan, Catalina's head of marketing.

1/18/2019

About 150 food inspectors are returning to work without pay for the Food and Drug Administration to check on higher-risk foods despite the partial government shutdown, the agency said Tuesday. Among the duties to be re-established is the inspection of imported food items.

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1/18/2019

United Natural Foods' $2.9 billion acquisition of SUPERVALU has set the company up for success in a competitive market, with a distribution network that provides more than 110,000 items to more than 40,000 locations, UNFI Chairman and CEO Steve Spinner said. "That combination puts UNFI in a position to win in the long term, and today we are the largest public wholesaler by far," he said.

1/18/2019

Walmart is advertising to hire a CEO to create a new company from the ground up under the retailer's Store No. 8 tech incubator. Store No. 8 launched two years ago and several of its innovations were highlighted at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show this week.

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1/18/2019

Asian citrus psyllids infected at least 699 citrus trees in California with huanglongbing last year, a 160% jump from the number of cases detected in 2017, according to the California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program. Most of the cases were in Orange and Los Angeles counties, and none were in commercial groves.

1/18/2019

E-commerce and new partnerships are proving to be growth engines for Chilean produce growers, PMA CEO Cathy Burns said this week at the Fresh Connections: Chile event. "With Walmart's recent acquisition of Cornershop here, there may be more opportunities to grow fresh produce and fresh food sales through e-commerce," she said.

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PMA, Wal-Mart
1/18/2019

Plentiful harvests and lower demand for grapes are likely to create a surplus in California's wine country, says Ciatti partner Glenn Proctor. As such, vintners are likely to cancel purchase contracts and either renegotiate grape prices or buy grapes on the spot market, Proctor says.

1/18/2019

Despite a small drop in overall alcohol consumption in 2018, spirits increased 1.9% by volume, per IWSR data. The sales increase was led by strong growth in tequila, up strongly at 8.5%, and whiskey.

1/18/2019

South African wine producers must "make every bottle of wine count" as brand ambassadors for the nation, said VinPro Chairman Anton Smuts. In South Africa, 14% of bulk white wine sells for a lower price than water, Smuts said.

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South Africa, VinPro