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11/21/2017

Canadian supermarket operator Loblaw this week began testing a membership program dubbed PC Insiders that gives shoppers the option of paying $99 per year or $9.99 per month for perks including free shipping and reward points. Membership covers purchases at Loblaw banners, the Shoppers Drug Mart and Joe Fresh e-commerce sites and more.

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11/21/2017

Pappy Van Winkle bourbon has become one of the most sought-after spirits, despite its limited run of only 7,000 cases annually. It's so valuable that one New York bar sold it in shots for $145 each but still sold out.

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11/21/2017

Online grocer Movebutter launched earlier this year with the goal of delivering its members a curated selection of high-quality groceries while cutting out many of the inefficiencies associated with traditional food retail models. The retailer is one of several companies innovating in the grocery industry, a list that also includes Brandless, which sells every item for $3, and Thrive Market, which offers socially-responsible products.

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11/21/2017

South Texas produce growers are forecasting a big holiday season harvest of crops that includes kale, cabbage and collard greens, said Dante Galeazzi, CEO of the Texas International Produce Association. The citrus season is also underway, with grapefruit shipping now and oranges set to begin early next month.

11/21/2017

Casa Sanchez has issued a wider recall for two types of guacamole on concerns about possible listeria contamination. The Real Guacamole and Spicy Guacamole varieties were distributed to stores in three states.

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Food Safety News
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11/21/2017

Traditional certified organic farmers are raising objections to the National Organic Standards Board's decision not to exclude fruits and vegetables grown using soil-free methods such as hydroponics. "They feel that organic now is a complete joke and it means absolutely nothing, and their years of working and their dedication and their commitment is for naught," said Andrianna Natsoulas, executive director of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.

11/21/2017

Private firm Blue Equity has purchased all 15 Liquor Barn locations in Kentucky for at least $26 million, a figure that could increase depending on future sales. The Blue Equity firm also owns two Party Mart locations in Louisville and has invested in other spirits-related businesses, including Angel's Envy distilling.

11/21/2017

A Washington syrah by winemaker Charles Smith of Powerline Estate finished No. 2 on Wine Spectator's list of Top 100 wines for 2017, the only wine from the state in the Top 10. A Duckhorn merlot from Napa Valley, Calf., took the top spot.

11/21/2017

People don't usually associate Moldova with premium winegrowing regions, but the country has the world's highest density of vineyards, Emma Murphy writes. Moldovans are proud of their wine history and hope that their bottles gain traction on the export market.

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ITV (U.K.)
11/21/2017

Nancy Cushman, who co-owns restaurants O Ya and Covina, believes that sake goes well with cuisines besides the obvious Japanese. Junmai sake complements Italian cuisine, while the spices of Thai food work well with nigori-style unfiltered sake, she said.

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