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Illinois Co. Buys Specialty Food Distributor Monterrey Provision Co.

San Diego specialty food distributor Monterrey Provision Co. has been acquired by Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE.

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Reimagined ‘Broom’ Looks to Leave Competitors in the Dust

RETAIL: Inventor Changed Course on Idea and Went Consumer Product Route

Eben Dobson knows the exact moment brooms took over his life, eventually leading him to quit his job as a financial advisor for professional athletes.

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Contractors Change Course as Navy Seeks UAV Tanker

The U.S. Navy’s long-delayed unmanned aircraft — the one that might someday fly off aircraft carriers — has a new job description.

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Low Barriers Help Companies Make Fast Start

ECONOMY: Fundraising, Marketing, E-commerce Among Lower-Cost Options

Starting a business never has been simple, but many young entrepreneurs are finding that their ability to reach customers and raise money over the Internet has lowered the barrier to launching a company.

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Marijuana Sector Ready to Grow as More Legalization Looms

PRODUCTION: Cos. Look to Profit in Making Tools of the Pot Trade

Legal, recreational marijuana sales are surging in the U.S. and are expected to surpass $6 billion annually as more than a half-dozen states, including California, are expected to take up the legalization issue this year.

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Co.’s Crops Find A Middle Ground

BIOTECH: Gene Editing May Be Acceptable Option to GMO

As high-profile companies such as Whole Foods and Chipotle turn up their noses to genetically modified (GM) foods, farmers are increasingly in search of crops that won’t turn off the consumer.

Spain to Buy Four Drones from GA-ASI

Spain plans to join the group of countries that fly unmanned aircraft from Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

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Planes, Trains Getting Bigger Role at Border

ECONOMY: Rail Upgrade, Airpark Bring Opportunities

After years of major upgrades to accommodate automobiles, infrastructure improvements in the San Diego-Mexico border region are about to shift decidedly in favor of planes and trains. And observers say there are multiple implications for commerce and business competitiveness in the cross-border area.

San Marcos Company's Carts Super Bowl-Bound

If any players wind up injured at this weekend’s Super Bowl, it may be a local distributor’s golf carts whisking them off the field.

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Agriculture Incentive Zone Could Be Sprouting in S.D.

PROPERTY: Tax Breaks Used to Provide Plots For Growing Produce

The city of San Diego is considering new property tax incentives designed to get fresh produce onto tables in neighborhoods underserved by grocery stores, farmers markets and other sources of healthful foods.

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Company Finds Wire Service Niche and Runs With It

SPORTS: Endurance, Outdoor Sportswires Sell Access to Wider Audience

Tina Wilmott, a 20-year public relations veteran and avid athlete, wanted to find a way to publicize news about the sports she enjoyed — running, cycling and triathlons — in a less expensive way than mainstream news wires such as Business Wire and PR Newswire.

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Athletic Apparel Co. Stays Ahead of Game

CLOTHING: It’s on Top of Design, Shipping and Speed

When Matt Lehrer’s parents started Teamwork Athletics Apparel in the late 1980s, it was a part-time side business making baseball jerseys and pants. They ran a manufacturing sales rep firm focusing on sporting goods, and after a uniform supplier pulled out, they decided to give it a try themselves.

Mold-Maker Balda C. Brewer Moving Some Operations to Oceanside

Balda C. Brewer Inc. USA, a maker of plastic molds used in medical devices and other products, is closing a plant in Irvine this month and cutting 193 jobs. The company plans to shift more jobs out of OC with the relocation of other operations from Anaheim to the Inland Empire and San Diego County.

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Clean Energy Future Has Quantifiable Benefits

With a unanimous San Diego City Council vote in December to adopt the San Diego Climate Action Plan (CAP), San Diego became the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. to adopt an aggressive target of 100 percent renewable energy within 20 years. This positions the city as a forward-thinking leader in climate policy both nationally and globally.

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Co. Makes the Case That Less Is More for Phone Protection

RETAIL: Utomic’s Edge System Doesn’t Block Access, Aesthetics

Take a good look at your smartphone. What do you see?