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Trade war comes to Louisville, Jack Daniels takes tariff hit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Led by strong sales for its whiskey and tequila brands, Brown-Forman Corp. reported higher fourth-quarter net income Wednesday despite taking a hit from the Trump administration’s tariff fight. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related price adjustments shaved 1 percentage point off its full-year net sales growth. ...

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CAET restaurant opens in larger quarters in Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY “I guess you could say we’re officially open,” Derek Emerson said on Tuesday as he watched the CAET Seafood Oysterette restaurant sign being hoisted into place above a blue-and-white-striped canopy flapping in the brisk wind. Emerson, who, with his wife Jennifer, owns the wine bar and restaurant, said the eatery had a soft opening on May 10 ...

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Teenage brothers open seafood market, all on their own

Make no mistake, Drake and Chase Killingsworth are not your typical teenagers. Drake, 18, is a graduating senior at Gautier High School, where Chase, 16, is a freshman. They are also businessmen — successful ones, too. The brothers recently opened Killer Crab Company on Ladnier Road in Gautier. They own and operate two fishing boats and 1,000 crab pots, which ...

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Mead makers hoping for a dilly comeback for ancient drink

By JACK WEATHERLY Mead goes back thousands of years in cultures around the world, but these days it’s on the fringes. If you are a Game of Thrones nut, you know that a cup of Starbucks coffee was accidentally left on a table while everyone was downing great quantities of mead.  Or surely you’ve caught the “dilly dilly” television commercials ...

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Oxford chef wins James Beard award

By MBJ STAFF Vishwesh Bhatt, chef at Oxford’s Snackbar restaurant, has been named best chef in the South in the James Beard Awards competition. Bhatt, a five-time semifinalist in the competition, was chosen best in the region that includes Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Florida and Louisiana. Awards were also given for best chef in the Southeast and the Southwest. According to ...

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Amazon, Whole Foods add Jackson to Prime Now list

Amazon and Whole Foods Market began delivery of natural and organic products on Wednesday through Prime Now in Jackson and 12 other cities, bringing the total to 88 cities, Amazon said in a release. Customers in these cities will be able to order items through the fastest Amazon delivery service offered, sometimes in an hour. The service will continue to ...

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Lexington-based coffee company invests $2M to expand, expects to add 55 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Lexington-based Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in a $2 million corporate investment that is expected to create 55 jobs over three years. Southern Coffee currently employs 14. The expansion is slated to be complete in January 2020. Southern Coffee aims to develop “sustainable businesses focused on restoring and strengthening the local communities. for generation,” ...

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Southern Craft Stove + Tap opening in Tupelo’s Fairpark Tower

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Southern Craft Stove + Tap is bringing craft beer, fire-roasted pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more to downtown Tupelo in the recently completed Fairpark Tower building. The grill and bar, which opened in Oxford in 2017, will be occupying a 5,900-square-foot space on the first floor of the building. Plans filed with ...

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Fire closes Mississippi eatery known for community service

A fire has temporarily shuttered a Mississippi restaurant known for helping its community. Zachary’s restaurant owner Doug Pellum tells The Commercial Dispatch that it’ll be several months before the restaurant can open again. Columbus Fire and Rescue Chief Duane Hughes says the Sunday fire may have been caused by an electrical issue. General manager Wilson Beck and volunteers worked together ...

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My Greek Orchard expands olive oil market to restaurants

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • When Jimmy Pappas decided to get into the olive oil business in 2017, he started small. “We had three pallets shipped over and about 3,000 bottles of olive oil,” said Pappas, the longtime Tupelo hotelier and owner of the Summit Center. While growing up in Greece, Pappas had worked in the family ...

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