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Co. Finds Food Biz, Expansion, and Real Estate Opportunities

FOOD: Tax Credits Help Ajinomoto Set Up Shop in OtayWhen Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc., stumbled upon the chance opportunity to set up shop in Otay Mesa, after Tyson Foods decided to sell its San Diego-based Circle Foods plant, those in charge knew they had to jump on the opportunity.

Activist Investors Seeking Major Changes at Sempra

ENERGY: They See Co. As Unfocused Conglomerate Of Disparate Businesses

Sempra Energy has the potential to grow to at least $139 per share, activist investors said recently as they introduced a proposal to remake the company’s board and streamline its business model by jettisoning certain assets.

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Rosé Continues to Be a Rising Star For Local Wineries

WINERIES: Millennial Palates and Good Prices Help Push Wine’s Sales

In the last several years, rosé has risen in popularity among wine drinkers nationally. Despite being a newer and smaller market compared with its California-based counterparts like Sonoma County, Napa Valley and the Central Coast, San Diego is capitalizing on the trend.

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Canned Wine Stacks Up Against the Competition

Local Wineries See Advantages, But For Now, Fiscal, Size Realities Dilute Their Enthusiasm

Nico Roulston, owner of the Candied Apple Café in Julian known for its breakfast options and barbecue dishes, says he doesn’t serve his customers anything but wine in a can these days.

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Co. Creates, Facilitates CRO Marketplace

PHARMA: Doubles Revenue to $50M reported $50.27 million in 2017 revenue, a whopping increase from $23.07 million in 2016 and $6 million in 2015.

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Kratos Drone Deal Could Exceed $10M

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said June 13 that its Unmanned Systems Division received an engineering services contract that could be worth as much as $10.2 million over five years.

Soundcast Names Tom Dixon Vice President

Soundcast LLC has named Tom Dixon as vice president of sales and marketing.

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3 Former Qualcomm Executives Launch Wireless Startup

Paul Jacobs-led effort to find funding for a buyout of Qualcomm still underway, executives emphasize.

Teradata to Relocate HQ to San Diego from Ohio By Year's End

More than 1,000 people are employed at Teradata's campus in Rancho Bernardo.

Gearbox Hits Right Composite Formulas

RETAIL: Sports Co. Cultivates Next Generation Of Players and Paddles

It was during his five-year stint in the United States military that Rafael Filippini, founder and president of Gearbox Sports, discovered the game — and the business — of racquetball.

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Jewelry Designer’s Brush With Royalty Doesn’t Change Her Plans

RETAIL: She Won’t Pursue Big-Box Venue, Prefers Boutiques

Although Lisette Polny has accepted her newfound fame after making headlines recently for designing the bridesmaids’ keepsakes for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding, the Encinitas-based jewelry designer doesn’t plan to sell in big-box stores any time soon.

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Qualcomm Debuts Dedicated Chip For VR, AR Applications

Company said manufacturers are already developing products for the new XR1 platform.

Green Flash Brewing Appoints New CEO

Green Flash Brewing Co. announced the appointment of Michael Taylor to CEO.

Vuori Set for Scaling With Experienced Team

RETAIL: Co. Forecasts $20M In Sales; Plans to Add Stores

When former athlete-turned-model-turned-finance-guy Joe Kudla couldn’t figure out what to wear to his yoga class, he decided to switch gears and launch his own clothing line, Vuori, which he expects this year will bring in nearly $20 million.

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NXP Acquisition Effort Is Full of Twists, Turns

TECH: Even Approval Won’t End Challenges for Qualcomm

Qualcomm Inc., most well-known for its smartphone chips, already has its processors in “smart” cars made by major automakers worldwide.

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Maxwell Makes Big Auto Deal and Moves in Other Markets

PRODUCTION: Co. to Pursue System Solutions, Teams With SDG&E

It seems San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc., which develops and manufactures ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery solutions, has both hands on the wheel when it comes to providing that technology to the automotive industry.

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