Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., did not reach an agreement over the weekend to reopen the federal government. Some experts say a short-term government shutdown likely will not affect education on a broad scale, but a longer shutdown could have implications for Head Start, Impact Aid and some higher-education programs.
Craft beer brewers are innovating, creating jobs and gaining market share with pricier, high-quality products, and lessons from the beer industry can offer insights into other industries, writes Derek Thompson. "Alcohol regulations have long discouraged vertical consolidation, encouraged retailers to leave room for new brands, and more recently made it easier for individuals to introduce their own batch of beer to the market," he writes.
Panera Bread has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to create a definition for the egg, a move that comes as the chain debuts a new line of egg-based breakfast sandwiches. The sandwiches will be made with "freshly prepared, cracked shell eggs" rather than egg products made with additives, the company said.
Master chef and French cuisine pioneer Paul Bocuse died Saturday at the age of 91. His L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges in France has held three Michelin stars since 1965, and Bocuse combined his culinary skills and business acumen to create an international restaurant presence.
Micro-grocery startup Farmstead is rolling out a program that lets home shoppers and vendors make donations to local anti-hunger efforts. Buy One Give One provides fruits and vegetables to schools and after-school programs in the San Francisco Bay area, with other local charities invited to apply for donations.
Canadian grocer Sobeys has reached a deal with Britain's Ocado to use its technology to boost the store's online shopping capabilities. As part of the deal, Ocado will help Sobeys develop a customer fulfillment center in the Toronto area and build out a better website and mobile service.
Amazon is opening its first Amazon Go store, in downtown Seattle, to the public today. Customers avoid a checkout line by using an app to enter, shop and pay at the 1,800-square-foot store, which sells typical convenience store fare and high-end fresh foods.
Cargill's recent purchase of animal nutrition firm Diamond V is among the company's five biggest acquisitions of all time, said Cargill CEO David MacLennan. "We're always in acquisition mode; there's never a year in Cargill in which we don't have an acquisition, whether a feed mill in Thailand or Diamond V," he said.
American Airlines will offer free beer and wine on its new shuttle service between New York and Chicago, the airline announced. The shuttle flights will run hourly on weekdays starting April 4.
Consumers awaiting 2017 vintages of rose wines should revisit the excellent offerings from 2016, many of which make for enjoyable winter sips. Top rose wines to enjoy in the winter include Benton-Lane, Franz Keller and Domaine Vico, according to the staff at Wine Enthusiast.
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