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2/21/2019

Leclerc Briant will debut the first Champagne to be fermented and aged in a gold barrel in 2021. The gold-coated barrel contains unique properties that will "increase the level of solar activity during the first fermentation," said head winemaker Herve Jestin.

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2/21/2019

Chilean wine barrel maker TN Coopers has trained dogs to detect the compounds responsible for cork taint in wines and barrels. "The underlying principle is that dogs have a much wider olfactory threshold than humans and thus can detect very small concentrations of specific compounds just by their sense of smell," said Guillermo Calderon, marketing manager for TN Coopers.

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2/21/2019

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is calling for state taxes on wine and liquor bottles, among other changes that are meant to raise revenue and address a projected $2 billion budget deficit. Lamont's budget plan calls for a 25-cent deposit on wine and liquor bottles; Larry Cafero, former lawmaker and current executive director of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut, said his members oppose the deposit for reasons including business cost issues.

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2/20/2019

Kroger will add robot-equipped Ocado warehouses in central Florida and the mid-Atlantic region in addition to its planned facility in Ohio, the company announced. Kroger plans to develop 20 of the "sheds," designed with Britain's Ocado, to offer high-speed fulfillment.

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2/20/2019

Walmart and Target were highlighted in Internet Retailer's 2019 Omnichannel Report for executing superior omnichannel experiences, with smooth systems and innovative features during mystery shopper visits. The retailers were also cited for modifying their store locations with features like package towers, which help with pickup and delivery.

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2/20/2019

UK regulators could call a halt to the planned merger of Walmart-owned Asda Group and rival supermarket chain J Sainsbury on anticompetitive concerns. The merged retailers would own a 27% share of Britain's grocery market with 2,800 stores.

2/20/2019

Americans consume most of their condiments at home but do much of their experimenting with new flavors and sauces while dining out, according to Datassential's Condiments, Sauces, and Dressings Keynote Report. Younger consumers are driving demand for ethnic sauces like salsa roja, and consumers of all ages are getting more comfortable with such nontraditional sauce uses as ranch with pizza and tzatziki with french fries.

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2/20/2019

Encourage ideas from your team by thanking them each time for their input, as well as keeping them updated on progress and the timeline, writes David Dye. Employees should receive an explanation when suggestions aren't workable and celebrated when ideas result in solutions, Dye notes.

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2/20/2019

Younger shoppers are more likely than baby boomers to buy organic items, citing health concerns as the top reason, according to a survey by organic produce company Earthbound Farm. Overall, 40% of shoppers surveyed said they expected to increase the amount of organics they buy this year.

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2/20/2019

San Francisco-based Farmstead grocery delivery service has switched from standard plastic bags to compostable ones. "Our customers and team members felt strongly about compostable bags and we wanted to lead this important change in the perishable grocery delivery space, especially as online grocery adoption is rapidly increasing in the US," says Pradeep Elankumaran, founder and CEO of Farmstead.

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