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7/19/2019

Growers Express has added more of its products to a recall after a sample of one tested positive for listeria. The additional products include several sizes of bagged green beans, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts distributed in Maine and Massachusetts.

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7/19/2019

High-tech tools have made automation an integral part of produce packing lines and storage facilities. At Stemilt's 478,089-square-foot distribution center in Wenatchee, Wash., robots work in cool, dark conditions to move pallets of fruit for global shipping.

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7/19/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it won't ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that has been linked to health problems in children including low IQ and attention disorders. The pesticide, sold under the brand Lorsban, is used on more than 50 crops.

7/19/2019

A Grand Rapids, Mich., Meijer store was the state's top seller of wholesale liquor last year, state data shows. The store bought $2,613,216 in wholesale liquor from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in 2018.

7/19/2019

Diageo has begun construction on a $130 million distillery in Lebanon, Ky. The facility is expected to begin distilling various Diageo bourbon and American whiskey brands when it opens in 2021.

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7/19/2019

NBTV Channels has introduced a Spirits Network that will feature original spirits-related video content and connect drink aficionados with retailers, working in concert with partners such as Diageo. "The Spirits Network is an exciting new technology venture we're piloting this year that is designed to bridge the gap between content and commerce," said Devin Nagy, director of technology and emerging platforms at Diageo North America.

7/19/2019

Triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey has introduced a third type of casket for its aging process. Jameson's new Triple Triple whiskey uses a hand-selected cask seasoned with fortified wines from Malaga, Spain, for its third step in the maturation process.

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The Whiskey Wash
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7/19/2019

Maivino winery in the Finger Lakes region of New York is packaging its white blends and roses in plastic pouches as an alternative to glass. Most of the 4 billion-plus bottles of wine Americans drink each year come in glass, which accounts for half of a bottle's weight, but Maivino says its packaging comprises only 2% of the total pouch weight, including the wine.

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7/18/2019

Giant Eagle has teamed with Grabango to pilot checkout-free technology at a trial store. The partnership marks the first of its kind for a large-format grocery store in the US, with Giant Eagle's Dan Donovan noting, "Giant Eagle is committed to advancing technologies that create an improved, stress-free shopping experience for our customers while still protecting their privacy."

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Progressive Grocer
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7/18/2019

Bumble Bee Foods ramped up its blockchain technology this year in both canned and frozen products with positive feedback from retailers and suppliers, says Chief Information Officer Tony Costa. Using software from SAP, the company can track products from fisheries to consumers.

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Forbes