The Sweets & Snacks Expo is pleased to announce the category and retail thought leaders who will help attendees discover the "Multicultural Opportunity in Treats and Snacks" during an education session at the event. The panel will discuss the latest insights related to key demographic segments that are driving the candy and snack categories.
Mars UK's work with content commissioning platform Flare Studio has allowed the company to create supplementary content that is similar to having a "conversation" with consumers, according to Mars' Michele Oliver. The smaller budget for supplementary content also allows brands the chance to work with younger, lesser-known talent, Oliver said.
The Italian Trade Agency is launching a $25 million marketing campaign to improve its US standing, especially in the premium wine segment, where France enjoys higher status. "We want to start claiming our place in the higher end of the market," said the agency's director, Maurizio Forte.
Frenchette, a restaurant opening in the trendy Tribeca section of Manhattan, has eschewed the traditional high-end wine selections for a list focused on natural wines. "It's meant to stimulate a conversation about wine and go from there," wine director Jorge Riera said.
Blended white wines are earning more shelf space with one variety, Bordeaux whites, posting a nearly 18% sales increase in 2017, according to the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux. The trend is also showing up in other French and Italian blends, writes Leslie Gevirtz.
Champagne, the capital of bubbly white wines, also produces still red table wines, some of which are scarce and highly sought. As one might expect, the pinot noir made on Champagne estates is light and delicate, quite different from those made in Burgundy, Roger Morris writes.
A third-party assessment group will visit wineries in China's Penglai region in a monthlong check to ensure that proper practices are being followed. The move comes amid concerns about fake wines and the risk of toxic chemicals being used in the winemaking process.
Owners of small liquor stores in Tennessee seem unenthusiastic about the looming move to allow Sunday sales. Many are debating whether Sunday openings will draw enough business to be worth it for their stores or if groceries will be the ones to benefit.
Leftover braising liquid makes for a quick and delicious soup base and can add flavor to rice, beans or lentils when used to cook them instead of water, writes Carey Polis. Split peas benefit from meatier liquids, lentils from salty ones and rice from lightly flavored or diluted braising liquid.
Bakers in Madrid are spearheading a revolution in bread making with rustic, long-fermented loaves that signal a return to Spain's tradition of artisan baking. Popular bakery Panic serves up dark, sour Spanish loaves while the bakers of La Miguina make fermented breads such as pan de maiz.