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8/22/2017

Government officials in China's Guizhou province have been banned from drinking at official events, according to Xinhua news agency. With the latest crackdown on the vice among government officials apparently accelerating, the high-flying stocks of Chinese liquor manufacturers have taken a hit.

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Bloomberg
8/22/2017

Sales of specialty mushrooms grew 7.3% in a recent 52-week period, according to the Mushroom Council, and sales of the exotic fungi have moved from specialty grocers to mainstream supermarkets. "Each specialty mushroom has its own flavor profile and texture," said Fred Recchiuti of Basciani Foods in Avondale, Pa.

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Produce Retailer
8/22/2017

Avocado prices are rising with growing demand, and thieves who steal the fruit from New Zealand fields by night are turning to Facebook to sell stolen avocados, police say. The country's avocado season runs from August to March, and New Zealand does not import any avocados.

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The Guardian (London)
8/22/2017

Illinois fruit farmer Wayne Sirles has used the government's H-2A visa program to bring in foreign workers for the past two seasons after aggressive local recruiting efforts failed. He and other farmers say they need the program and the workers it provides to keep their crops from rotting in the fields.

8/22/2017

The Hunger Free ND Garden Project is seeking enough donations from gardeners to donate 1 million servings of fruits and vegetables to the state's food pantries and other groups that feed the hungry.

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The Washington Times
8/22/2017

In this podcast, writers from The New York Times and The Washington Post discuss the stubbornly low representation of women in CEO posts at large companies despite the strong financial returns that female leaders tend to generate. They also discuss the "glass cliff" phenomenon and the fact that female CEOs are often targeted by investors.

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Marketplace
8/22/2017

Leaders must show that they value diversity, make inclusion a companywide goal and broaden their perspective about diversity issues, writes associate professor Stefanie Johnson, drawing from a series of interviews with CEOs. The CEOs noted that diversity can lead to performance benefits by allowing companies to attract talent and benefit from multiple viewpoints.

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Stefanie Johnson
8/21/2017

Walmart expanded a grocery delivery test with Uber to Dallas and two Florida cities Monday, after launching the pilot in Phoenix in 2016. With more than 53 e-commerce-ready stores, the Dallas-Fort Worth market is the retailer's biggest for online grocery sales.

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Walmart
8/21/2017

Target has completed a $10 million makeover of its downtown Minneapolis store, and the new look reflects the retailer's focus on the shopping experience in the digital age. Specialty lighting replaces fluorescent bulbs, beacons let shoppers open in-app maps to navigate the store, and the grocery department sports a new upgraded design.

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Target
8/21/2017

Retailers and delivery companies including Amazon and UPS are in recruiting mode for the holiday season, with plans to hire thousands in Central Ohio to handle the expected surge in online orders. L Brands will add 4,000 seasonal staffers, and delivery firm DHL will recruit 2,500 employees.

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DHL, Amazon, L Brands