China plans to establish Heilongjiang as its ice wine production base, per the nation's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. China, the biggest importer of Canadian ice wine, is working to increase its own production of the sweet wine.
Some whiskey collectors are seeking special insurance policies to protect the value of their whiskeys. One challenge is to put an accurate replacement value on something as scarce and sought-after as a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, writes Aaron Goldfarb.
California distillery owner Deven Volk has developed Luna Sea Vodka, which changes colors when citrus juice is added to it. Butterfly pea flowers are used to make an alkaline vodka; it changes colors due to the pH shift created by citrus juice's acidity.
Okla. retailers are preparing for a change that will allow grocery and convenience stores to sell strong beer and wine. The law changes will also allow liquor stores to offer cold beer and nonalcoholic items.
Verband Deutscher Pradikats has established the Sekt classification for the German sparkling wine. The classification includes regulations for grape picking, base wine alcohol content and the amount of juice crushed from grapes.
Frieda's is reporting growing US demand for its packaged tamarind, which the company started importing from Thailand last year, said Alex Jackson Berkley, an assistant sales manager. "This is in line with what we're seeing with consumer trends on Indian flavors and fruit-infused or flavored water," he said.
A surge in US supply of clementines from Chile, Peru and South Africa hit just as retailers shifted the focus to summer fruits for July 4th, Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg said. "Given the heavy volumes which, in the case of Chile and Peru, represent substantial increases over last season, the market has performed remarkably well," Greenberg said.
A European listeria outbreak linked to frozen vegetables has been tied to a death in Australia, health officials said. The strain is the same as the one that sickened about 47 people and killed nine in five European countries earlier this year.
A group of farmers and organic advocates is pushing for an add-on label to the certified organic program to identify produce that was grown in the ground and products from animals that were pasture raised. Dubbed the Real Organic Project, the group objects to Agriculture Department rules that allow for concentrated livestock feedlots and hydroponic operations to be certified organic.
Consumers now have and want choices -- order online, store pickup, ship and more. Online grocery shopping is transcending the way supply chains distribute product to the store and directly to shoppers. In Rethink Your Automation Distribution Processes for Omnichannel Selling -- Winning Strategies for Both Retail and Wholesale, presenters take a deeper dive into some of the most progressive ways to meet these new challenges by using automation and the latest in warehouse management systems. You'll hear how an automated omnichannel approach works in other retail formats, but also how it adapts to grocery and gain a clear vision on how progressive retailers and wholesalers are tackling new omnichannel warehouse and distribution challenges. Access the session handout or view the video presentation.
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