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6/5/2020

High-quality American rose can be a challenge to find, mostly because they tend to be made in small quantities, but it's worth the effort to seek them out, Lettie Teague writes. Among her five recommendations are the 2019 The Withers El Dorado Rose, the 2019 Big Table Farm Laughing Pig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rose and the 2019 Wolffer Estate Long Island New York Rose.

6/5/2020

Biodynamic farming of vineyards is proving essential to offsetting the effects of climate change in Piedmont, Italy, said Gianluca Pica of Ceretto Wines in a webinar announcing the launch of its 2016 Barolo and Barbaresco vintages. The practice, which relies strictly on organic "preparations," causes grapes to ripen earlier and more evenly, an advantage in a region where average temperatures continue to climb, he added.

6/5/2020

This refreshing take on the tuna sandwich includes capers, olives and anchovies for a briny, salty kick. CIA Foodies

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6/5/2020

Costco's plans to resume product sampling and H.E. Butt Grocery's superior pandemic response caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week. Kraft Heinz's approach to innovation also made the Top 10, as did the news that Ferrero is set to open a new US distribution center in Georgia later this year.

6/5/2020

Activists and media outlets have been making a concerted effort to drive business to black-owned restaurants in recent days, as part of a larger effort to address and combat racism in the US. EatOkra, an app created four years ago to help users find black-owned businesses, has seen traffic surge this week, the founders said, and lists and other resources have been circulating on social media.

6/5/2020

Utah-based investment firm Mercato Partners has launched a $90 million fund called Savory that will back emerging fast-casual brands. Brands will receive funding of $5 million to $10 million, along with advice and support in areas including real estate, marketing and tech innovation, Mercato's Andrew Smith said.

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6/5/2020

Clearly defined statements of mission and values can go a long way in helping a restaurant company weather a crisis like the pandemic, G.J. Hart, CEO of Torchy's Tacos, said during the Restaurants Rise Live digital conference. Hart and Black Bear Diner CEO Anita Adams shared insights during a panel on leadership lessons.

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6/5/2020

A Boys and Girls Clubs chapter in Silicon Valley has recruited area restaurant chefs for a program to feed the growing number of locals facing food insecurity amid the pandemic. The group spends about $30,000 a week to prepare 2,000 nightly meals and reached a 100,000-meal milestone this week.

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6/5/2020

Even before the pandemic hit, grocers were working to meet increased customer demand for more individual shopping experiences that included loyalty programs, shopping suggestions based on personal preferences and a wider range of online options. In the aftermath of the outbreak, which also brought shopper safety to the forefront, grocers will need to innovate to keep customers coming back and this article examines a number of key personalization trends that can help.

6/5/2020

Thriving in the post-pandemic retail world means grocers will need to put their focus on the latest e-commerce and in-store product assortment solutions to keep up with shopper demand, writes Brian Ross, president of Precima. Ross offers an in-depth look at how the outbreak has reshaped both trends and how technology can help grocers meet future challenges.