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8/16/2019

Kroger has launched an initiative called the Zero Hunger Mobile Market that aims to expand grocery access to those who can't easily access grocery stores. The trailer, which will visit 29 sites in Louisville, Ky., carries almost 200 different products and is the result of a partnership between the retailer and Dare to Care Food Bank.

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Kroger, DARE
8/16/2019

No forms of E.coli or salmonella that are harmful to humans were detected in Yuma, Ariz.-grown romaine samples gathered last December, according to a Food and Drug Administration report. One E. coli strain was found among the 118 samples, but it's not one that can sicken humans.

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The Associated Press
8/16/2019

This week's eclectic Top 10 list featured a story about Heinz Ketchup bottles inspired by musician Ed Sheeran and Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey's take on why his relationship with Amazon is like his long marriage. The rollout of M&M's Ghoul's Mix Sugar Cookie Dough at Walmart also appealed to readers this week.

8/16/2019

Associated Food Stores is extending curbside pickup to 33 stores through a partnership with e-commerce company Rosie. The grocery wholesaler operates 43 independent stores under the Fresh Market, Dan's, Lin's, Macey's and Dick's Market banners.

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Progressive Grocer
8/16/2019

Treasury Wine Estates is investing up to $215 million to expand production at its Barossa Valley, Australia, winery in order to meet growing Chinese demand, the company announced Thursday. Australian wine exports to China grew 7% in value to a record $1.2 billion in the year up to June 2019, according to Wine Australia.

8/16/2019

Whiskeys produced in India now account for 48% of global whiskeys, and seven of the top 10 global whiskey brands are Indian, says Pernod Ricard India's Sangram Sinha, general manager and head of international business. Meanwhile, whiskey exports from India have undergone double-digit growth in recent years, per IWSR, with leading brands including Imperial Blue and Rampur Indian Single Malt.

8/16/2019

Georgian wine exports to the US surged by 88% in 2019's first half, the country's National Wine Agency reports, and the US is now Georgia's 10th-biggest wine export market. Georgia is home to an 8,000-year-old winemaking tradition that has only recently captured attention and acclaim among US consumers, says Marq Wine Managing Partner Julie Peterson.

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Forbes
8/16/2019

Attorneys for the Scotch Whisky Association are dropping a federal suit alleging that the Virginia Distillery Co. improperly attempted to market its whiskey as Scotch. At issue was the distillery's use of the term "Highland" and spelling of the word "whisky" without the "e" that is traditionally used by American whiskey.

8/16/2019

Chilean avocado exporters are expected to ship about the same volumes as last season and the one before, Karen Brux of the Chilean Avocado Importers Association said. Growers haven't faced severe cold or freezes, and they're forecast to ship around 65 million pounds after exporting begins this month.

8/16/2019

A growing number of US farmers are making money growing cover crops that keep carbon in the soil and lessen the effects of climate change. Boston-based Indigo Ag is paying growers for producing cover crops and switching to other regenerative farming practices, and the amount of US acreage dedicated to cover crops grew 50% from 2012 to 2017, according to USDA data.