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Former CEO Of Artificial Intelligence Company Buys Historic Napa Valley Winery

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Back in 2016, Juan Pablo Torres-Padilla, who has been the CEO of an artificial intelligence (AI) company in France and has held other key positions in the telecommunications and financial investment world, decided to take the opportunity to buy the historic Napa Valley 26 acre Sullivan Rutherford Estate from the Sullivan family, the custodians of that piece of land for over 40 years. It would prove to be a good partnership in terms of handing over the estate to someone who not only wanted to bring this winery more to the forefront of the Napa fine wine world but that the history and legacy would be appreciated and built upon. The estate lies on land that has a deep and rich history which goes back almost two centuries to 1821 when Mexico took over ownership of Napa Valley from Spain. Mexico divided the Napa Valley into two parts: Rancho Carne Humana in the North and Rancho Caymus in the South. Sullivan Rutherford Estate director of winemaking, Jeff Cole, said that they are "essentially in the middle of the heart of Napa Valley vineyards" since the back of the border of their estate is along the Rancho Caymus line as it is right in the middle of where the property lines of Rancho Caymus and Rancho Carne Humana meet.


Starbucks just revealed the truly disturbing effect of working from home

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I worry about my friends. Most every organization has been thrust into the future of work. What will determine failure or success in this brave new world? I don't get to see them so often -- if at all. I want to know if they've changed. I want to know if working from home has altered them in such a way as to fundamentally affect how they live and who they are.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food & Beverages Market Analysis and Forecast by Rapid Growth Rate …

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The prime objective of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food & Beverages market report is to provides an in-depth analysis of all market dynamics …


Meet the AI start-up helping Nestlé, Barilla, and Mondelēz cut production waste

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In production, waste comes in many shapes and sizes. For some businesses, it could be'reject' products that don't fit the desired weight, size, or shape. For others, it could be a question of quality – such as colour or moisture variances – or raw materials variability. Whatever the form of the waste, production losses are'very important challenges to deal with', according to Seebo co-founder and CEO Lior Akavia. The start-up was born out of a desire to cut waste in production lines, both in prediction and prevention.


Kroger Breaks Ground on Robotic Distribution Center – IAM Network

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CINCINNATI, OHTuesday, July 28th, 2020 Automation has almost become synonymous with evolution across many sectors of the food industry and those companies leading the charge are sure to experience the enormous benefits both today and in the future. Kroger is charging forward with its vision for automation with its innovative Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFC) with high-tech partner Ocado. The Frederick, Maryland-based facility has just broken ground on a 350,000-square-foot structure with the ability to create as many as 500 jobs for the area. "Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Maryland in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before," Robert Clark, Kroger's Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Sourcing, said upon the reveal of the planned facility in January according to our sister publication AndNowUKnow. "Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience."One of the biggest factors capturing attention for the trade is its location--Kroger has no physical stores in the vicinity, nor any plans for them, according to news source wtop news.


Distilling Liquor With Machine Learning And Big Data

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According to a Nielsen report, brick-and-mortar alcohol dollar sales were up 21% in April 2020 compared to the same period a year ago. Online alcohol sales skyrocketed by 234% over the same period in 2019. However, despite the increase, global sales are decreasing due to the shutdowns in restaurants, bars, live events and travel. Next Century Spirits is a liquor technology startup with $9.6 M in funding. The company uses big data and machine learning to create and filter bespoke distilled spirits.


AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren't More Businesses Using It?

WIRED

In late 2017, AB InBev, the Belgian giant behind Budweiser and other beers, began adding a little artificial intelligence to its brewing recipe. Using data collected from a brewery in Newark, New Jersey, the company developed an AI algorithm to predict potential problems with the filtration process used to remove impurities from beer. Paul Silverman, who runs the New Jersey Beer Company, a small operation not far from the AB InBev brewery, says his team isn't even using computers, let alone AI. "We sit around tasting beer and thinking about what to make next," he says. The divide between the two breweries highlights the pace at which AI is being adopted by US companies. With so much hype around artificial intelligence, you might imagine that it's everywhere.


Beautiful Future: How Deschutes Uses Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning to Brew Better Beer

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Ask any brewer and they'll admit that while beer has likely been around since the dawn of civilization, we're all still learning new ways to brew it more efficiently, creatively, and quickly. But balancing the brewer's art with modern approaches to automation, measurement, and decision making requires brewers to toe a fine line. Take the personality out of the process, and you sacrifice the "craft" in craft beer. Ignore the best tools available, and you waste precious resources that could be better spent on the creative side of the brewing equation. From their outpost on the eastern edge of the Cascades in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery has tackled this problem in a forward-thinking way, embracing their brew team's passion for tech and programming. Through their operational technology team, they're using a cutting-edge approach to brewing technology aimed at saving time and money, making higher-quality beer, and in turn freeing up company resources for an aggressive innovation program.


Kroger breaks ground on robotic distribution center in Frederick

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Here's what Kroger's planned distribution center in Frederick, Maryland will look like. Kroger, the nation's largest grocery store chain, has broken ground on a high-tech customer fulfillment center in Frederick, Maryland. Kroger has no physical stores in the D.C. area, and has no plans for any in the near future. The build-out of the 350,000-square-foot customer fulfillment center, at 71906 Geoffrey Way in Frederick, will take 24 months to complete, and it will eventually employ as many as 500 workers. The facility will be highly automated.


Meet the Delivery Robots That Will Soon Invade Our Sidewalks

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Welcome to the world of delivery robots: one of the fastest-growing and most competitive markets in robotics. The idea behind these bots is simple: The customer orders an item, that item is loaded into or onto the robot, and then the robot travels to the customer to drop it off. But that's not stopped multiple intrepid companies from exploring their own innovative approaches to the challenge. Here are six of the biggest names to watch out for when it comes to delivery robots. With its Star Trek-sounding name, it's no surprise that Starship went boldly where no other robotics company has gone before; helping invent the modern delivery robot in the process.