Bulk wine platform Vinex is launching Bottle Ex, a digital exchange for businesses to trade bottled wines. "It has the potential to significantly increase market connection and transform current buying and selling practices for bottled wine," said Denys Hornabrook, co-founder and managing director of Vinex.
CaskCoin is a cryptocurrency that is invested in casks of fine whiskeys, so owners of the coins become shareholders of those casks. "We decided that CaskCoin holders should be able to participate on this journey and the value to them would mirror that of the Scotch whisky stock -- which should, in turn, equate to more stability as a cryptocurrency," said Ricky Christie, CaskCoin's founder.
Flavien Pommier of Bordeaux's Chateau Darius is committed both to classic quality and modern business practices, such as global promotion on Instagram. "It is this quest to reach a maximum of people that sets us apart from other chateaux in Bordeaux that sometimes do not exploit what technologies offer us today," Pommier said.
It's past time for Canada to change its patchwork of provincial regulations over alcohol sales, Dan Paszkowski and Michel Kelly-Gagnon write. Making trade across the country easier would be an economic boon and open up new products and services for consumers, such as home delivery of wine orders from other provinces, they write.
The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation will work with six retailers to sample Florida peaches at 165 stores this spring. "They are an entirely different crop than a Georgia peach or a California peach, so we've had to do some education at the retail level on how to handle it and also what our market window is," said Executive Director Sonia Tighe.
Retail produce veteran Vic Savanello has been named The Fresh Market's new vice president of produce merchandising. Savanello will oversee management of the fresh produce departments in the supermarket chain's 176 stores.
Grocery retailer Haggen has issued a recall for wraps, salads and other prepared foods made with diced yellow onions from Taylor Farms and sold in several Washington stores. The onions may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the retailer's recall.
San Francisco-based hydroponic farming company Plenty is expanding beyond kale and salad greens to new crops. The firm is growing carrots, strawberries and watermelons at one farm and testing around 400 fruit and vegetable varieties at a facility in Wyoming.
A growing number of undocumented immigrants from Africa are entering Portugal and working in the agriculture industry under harsh conditions for less than minimum wages, according to the aid group Solidariedade Imigrante. Illegal immigrants now perform the lion's share of farm work in the agricultural region of Alentejo.
Laura Alber moved to the West Coast after college and worked in various positions before landing an entry-level job at Williams-Sonoma, where she is now the CEO. Women hold just over half of the company's top leadership roles, a fact that Alber attributes to the business' emphasis on performance.