Food Lion will cut the ribbon on 92 renovated stores in South Carolina and North Carolina this week. Updates include expanded craft beer offerings, more local produce, streamlined checkout areas, new signage, added grab-and-go-items and walk-in produce coolers.
Using a new technique, Nestle has successfully produced a chocolate without added sugar, which the company will use in KitKat bars available in Japan this fall. The new chocolate instead uses white pulp from the outside of cocoa beans, which already contains natural sweetness.
Publix has announced that it will bring its GreenWise Market grocery concept to the bottom floor of two new apartment towers in Tampa. The store is expected to open in 2021 with options including noodle bowls, draft beers, artisan pizzas, organic food and fresh produce.
Cauliflower has made its way into the mainstream diet, appearing in pizza crusts at Chuck E. Cheese and in stores as a substitute for rice. Cauliflower products increased by 71% during 2018 as trends like the keto and paleo diets took off, according to Nielsen.
Stonyfield Organic has launched its new Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Pouches, which are dairy-free and made with plant-based ingredients including coconut cream. The pouches come in Tropical Twist, Berry Cherry Blast and Strawbana Smash varieties.
A new distillery set to open in September in Tennessee honors the US' first African American master distiller, Nathan "Nearest" Green, a slave who taught Jack Daniel whiskey-making. Uncle Nearest distillery was founded by best-selling author Fawn Weaver, the first woman and first person of color to operate a major spirit brand.
Gin made with peas instead of wheat could greatly lower the liquor's carbon footprint without sacrificing taste, according to a study published in the journal Environmental International. "Following two distillations plus an infusion with botanical ingredients including juniper and coriander, the final gin retains the same sumptuous aromatic flavor as if made from cereal grain," said Arbikie Distillery manager and study co-author Kirsty Black.
For the first time since 1949, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is raising the fees for liquor licenses, effectively doubling them. The new fees will generate about $9.2 million in revenue from now through 2021, the agency estimates.
Malaysia-based startup Phuture Foods is working to develop a plant-based pork alternative made with ingredients including wheat, shiitake mushrooms and mung beans to feed demand in Asia. The company plans to launch sales in Hong Kong and Singapore in the coming months.
The Trump administration has issued a 500-page proposed rule to set wage rates and streamline the H-2A guest worker visa program. The public has until mid-September to comment on the proposal, which is designed to help ensure US farmers have access to a stable, legal workforce, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
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