Sparkling water system retailer SodaStream has released a syrup in Germany that allows home users to make sparkling wine. Any move to expand into the US would face the challenges of American alcohol regulations, however.
The version of tax cut legislation passed by the US Senate includes a reduction in the excise tax for beer, wine and liquor, focused especially on small producers. The cuts are absent from the bill the House passed, so the issue will have to be resolved before final passage.
The prevalence of workplace harassment is linked to gender disparity and persistent biases, said Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, noting that women hold only a small percentage of top leadership positions. "This is about power, and if women had more, the culture would change," she said.
Publix, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Albertsons and Kroger were all named as the food retailer of choice among shoppers in several states, according to a list compiled by mobile app Foursquare. The list detailed the most popular food retailer in each US state and Washington, D.C.
The US and Canada produce around 85% of the world's cranberries, and Wisconsin farmers grow about 60% of the US crop. Currently there's an oversupply of the fruit, which has growers seeking out new uses to increase domestic demand and exploring possible markets for exports.
Skilled leaders can use humor to improve their communication in the moment and the chances it is retained, write Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. Improved creativity is another potential benefit of the stress-relieving benefits of humor in the workplace.
Ralphs grocery will reopen a store in North Mission Viejo, Calif., this week that has been renovated to feature the retailer's Ralphs Fresh Fare format, adding departments, services and a layout that offers a better shopping experience. The new store design will also cut energy consumption by 15%, and workers at the store will cut waste and increase recycling under new training.
Kroger has expanded its Prep+Pared meal kit offerings to 200 stores, adding the product line to locations in several markets including Columbus and Indianapolis. The move follows a test of the meal kits in Cincinnati earlier this year.
The South African wine industry is facing the possibility of its smallest harvest in over 10 years after a long drought has cut into the amount of water available for irrigation. The smaller overall harvest comes despite some timely fall rains in winegrowing regions.
Young sommeliers are striving to create wine clubs that cater to their generations' interests. Many new wine clubs focus on what a particular sommelier would like to offer, while some allow customers to pick which shipments to receive rather than simply subscribing.