French politician Marie-France Lorho has asked the nation's Parliament to move forward with efforts to legally define natural wine. "Defining natural wine will make the concept less vague to consumers; and we should act before mass consumption and commercial interests take over," Lorho said.
Durian has a scent so unpleasant to some that it has been banned from many public places in Southeast Asia, but the flavor of the fruit is winning fans in China and raising concerns about possible shortages and rising prices. Theft of the fruit from farms in Malaysia has become a problem, investors are spending to expand growing areas, and some companies are creating new lines of durian-based packaged foods.
This season's mushroom harvest has been bountiful, and marketers forecast high volumes into the fall and beyond, according to the American Mushroom Institute. The category is growing along with demand for organics and specialty varieties.
A Quebec heat wave has taken a toll on the summer's berry crops, but that isn't expected to translate into higher consumer prices, industry representatives said. Strawberry volumes are expected to be down about 20% from last year.
Researchers at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have invented a plant-based preservative they say will keep perishables including fruit and juices fresh for up to eight times longer than artificial preservatives. The solution uses the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of flavonoids to keep food fresh.
Leaders can stop beating themselves up over perceived failures by accepting setbacks as learning opportunities, according to a post by Map Consulting. If the final goal was not reached, measure success by the progress made and managerial skills gained.
Kroger will launch online sales in China via a storefront on Alibaba Group's Tmall Global marketplace, the company said. The site, set to launch today, will begin with private-label products, including Kroger's organic Simple Truth brand, and dietary supplements.
Discount grocer Lidl still has plans to build several stores in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, even if other projects are on hold, according to local government officials. Three planned projects are continuing while two others seem to be on pause as the company reevaluates its growth plans, the officials said.
An app called Pinto will allow shoppers to scan the back of a grocery product and then produce a nutrition label based on the consumer's specific dietary needs. Issues that the app can highlight for consumers include food allergens, dietary goals and other concerns such as added sugars.