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Reuters reports that while British grocery sales rose 0.3 percent in the most recent quarter, every one of the country's major supermarket chains saw sales declines - Tesco was down 0.2 percent, Sainsbury was down 1.4 percent, Morrisons was down 2.3 percent, and Walmart's Asda was down 5.4 percent.

Compare that to discounters Aldi and Lidl, which, the story says, recorded "sales growth of 11.6 percent and 9.5 percent respectively, and winning market share."

The only bright side for a company like Tesco, Reuters suggests, is that its sales decline was the smallest since early 2014 ... which may foreshadow a comeback for the company. Maybe.

The story also notes that the entire supermarket sector was helped by alcohol sales that were up 8.5 percent for the last four weeks of the quarter, "as Britons bought sparkling wine to celebrate the country's sporting success at the Olympics and Paralympics."

They're also probably drinking a lot as a way of coping with the whole Brexit thing...


Fox News reports that US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of what is called the US Department of Agriculture Branded Products database, described as "a free online resource that contains nutrition details of more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods." It is expected that this database eventually will be expanded to include information on as many as 500,000 products.

Vilsack also announced "an update to the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS), a thesaurus of over 350,000 terms in 28 languages that establishes common terminology across agriculture and nutrition worldwide. GACS is a collaboration between USDA, the FAO and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)."

The goal of these initiatives is "to share agricultural data in an attempt to eradicate hunger," a goal that has been set by the United Nations as achievable by 2030; the UN estimates that close to 800 million people around the world suffer from hunger or malnutrition.
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