The California avocado season will be shorter than originally expected, though growers still consider this year's yield a robust one despite nearby wildfires. Crops are expected to keep coming in through August, with a total yield of about 300 million pounds, lower than an initial estimate of 350 million pounds.
Raley's has introduced a pharmacy app for customers that alerts them with texts when their prescriptions are ready. The app, developed with partner mscripts, also allows shoppers to order refills and get directions to locations.
Greenville County Schools in South Carolina is expanding its lunch menu to include items such as Angus beef Philly cheesesteaks, scratch-made macaroni and cheese, gyoza and fresh-baked rolls. Joe Urban, the school district's food and nutrition services director, says over the past five years, they've focused on using fresh ingredients and incorporating different flavors and ethnic dishes to encourage students to try new foods.
Researchers found that children with overweight or obesity who engaged in brief periods of moderate-intensity exercise had lower insulin secretion and insulin levels during the three-hour oral glucose tolerance test and lower C-peptide levels than when they had uninterrupted sitting for three hours. The findings, published in the journal Diabetes Care based on 35 children ages 7 to 11, revealed that interrupting sedentary behavior was not associated with a substantial increase in energy intake.
Chicago-based functional water brand Napa Hills says it plans to take its line of vineyard waters nationwide by 2019. Brand co-founder Ellona Jarvis says she developed the antioxidant-rich, nonalcoholic beverage four years ago when she was seeking an alternative to wine that possessed a similar health profile.
Sparkling Ice has chosen Epsilon as its new agency of record following a formal review. The brand, which is owned by Talking Rain Beverage Co., says it wants to encourage future growth by focusing its campaign on flavor, individuality and authenticity.
The long-term effects of wildfire smoke are raising concerns again this year about the flavors of the wine in Oregon, especially in wineries near the California border. "It's definitely something that's on the mind of wine growers, winemakers and the industry as a whole," says Willamette Valley winemaker David Anderson.
Charles Shaw, the namesake behind Trader Joe's popular "two-buck Chuck" wine, has not earned any money from the nearly 1 billion bottles of it that have been sold since 2002. Shaw began selling his gamay wine for $2 a bottle at Trader Joe's decades ago, but a packaging error, a bug infestation and a divorce ended his business, and the brand was later sold off.
Resource Label Group has acquired Paragon Label in a move Paragon founder Jason Grossman said will provide "some horsepower" to its growing wine label printing business. Resource Label has printers in Oregon, Washington and Canada, while Paragon's customers are mainly in California's Sonoma and Napa counties.
Divine Chocolate has announced the release of its first organic chocolate bars. Five varieties of the organic bars will be available when they launch next month, including Blueberry & Popped Quinoa and Turmeric with Ginger.