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6/23/2017

Native Cosmetics has unveiled a brunch-themed line of natural deodorants that it will sell directly to consumers. The limited-edition sangria, mimosa and rose summer scents went live this week on the company's e-commerce site, selling for $12 each or $30 for the trio.

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6/23/2017

The new Conarom B aromatic ingredient from Ashland is described as a moderate floral, spice-like scent made from hops extract, with applications for personal care and cosmetics products. In addition to adding scent, it can be included in formulas as a preservative.

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6/22/2017

Kroger has been preparing for and is ready to face the competition from German discount grocer Lidl, which has begun opening its hundreds of planned US stores, Chief Financial Officer Mike Schlotman said Wednesday. He also said Kroger is well-positioned to face the future of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, with its $16 billion in annual natural and organic food sales, which exceeds Whole Foods' total yearly sales.

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6/22/2017

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club account for more than one-fifth of the grocery market in the US, according to data from UBS. Kroger commands 10.2% of the market, Albertsons claims 5.2%, Costco claims 4.2% and CVS claims 3.9%, the data revealed.

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6/22/2017

Officials have discovered the bacteria that causes citrus greening on leaves and insects in a yard in Alabama, and the state Agriculture Department will follow up with ongoing tests to determine whether it has spread. The highly contagious disease, also known as huanglongbing, has devastated Florida's citrus industry.

6/22/2017

Alibaba Group's Tmall e-commerce platform will sell Driscoll's strawberries in China, the companies said this week at a Detroit conference sponsored by Alibaba. About 36 million Chinese households bought fresh food online last year, according to the PMA-backed Chinese Produce Report.

6/22/2017

Urban farms and community gardens can make positive changes in communities, but they're not the key to solving climate change, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers found that urban gardens in the northeastern US and other cold climates don't have a noticeable role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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6/22/2017

A group of food exporters from the EU and countries including the US, Japan and Australia have urged regulators in China to back off from strict import inspection requirements set to take effect Oct. 1. The new rules would disrupt international trade and reduce access to the fast-growing market, the group said in a letter.

6/22/2017

Casamigos, the tequila brand launched by actor George Clooney and two friends, has been sold to Diageo for up to $1 billion; that figure includes $300 million in potential incentives if the company meets certain goals over the next 10 years. Clooney said he and his partners will continue to be involved with the brand, which projects a 42% increase in sales this year.

6/22/2017

Liv-ex has launched Wine Matcher, an AI supply chain logistics tool designed to take some of the tedium out of handling wine lists for trading and sales, the company said. "The tool dramatically speeds up the process of buying and selling wine, providing an exciting opportunity for the trade to both become more productive and increase revenue," James Miles, managing director of Liv-ex, said.