Why Vineyards Are Tearing Out Vines

A wine glut is prompting grape growers in California to tear out vines that have been in production for decades.

This vine reduction is part of a wider phenomenon of oversupply around the world, as more and more countries, such as Australia, have joined the wine industry at the same time as demand from consumers has dropped.


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By |2024-04-24T06:45:31+00:00April 24, 2024|Tags: , |

How Will Chocolate-Makers Respond to Rising Cocoa Prices?

Cocoa prices have doubled in the past year, and commodity prices surpassed the $10,000/ton mark in the latter part of March 2024, as compared to the $2,000 to $3,000 range of the past 15 years.

Chocolate makers and others in the food industry must look for solutions, and customers will see changes in pricing and product design as a result.


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By |2024-04-17T01:47:05+00:00April 17, 2024|Tags: , , , |

Target’s Return to Lean Inventories Is Lucrative

Is Lean Back?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions in the supply chain and shortages cast doubt on the viability of lean inventories. Facing a surge in demand in 2021, retailers tried to replenish their empty shelves with large orders and increased inventory capacity. As demand subsides and is expected to peak “softly” during the 2023 holiday season, Target has shrunk its inventory levels. The cost reduction has enabled the retail giant to show profits despite lower sales.


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By |2023-12-11T23:22:11+00:00December 13, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Panera’s Massive Menu Reduction

Panera Bread is testing a large reduction in the size of its menu. The cuts will include over 50 menu items.

Some of the items being removed are the Napa Almond Chicken Salad, Smokehouse BBQ Chicken, and Steak & White Cheddar sandwiches. In addition, targeted items are two salads, some soups and the Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese, all the soufflés, the entire kids’ menu, several drinks, several sweets and pastries, and all Flatbread Pizzas.

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