Pesticides from neighboring cotton fields are being carried by wind into Texas vineyards, resulting in lower yields, damaged leaves and dying vines, Texas High Plains growers say. "It's the biggest threat that I've seen and I've been farming grapes here for over 40 years," says Pheasant Ridge Winery vineyard consultant and winegrower Bobby Cox.
A hot, dry summer has brought in a strong harvest of wine grapes in Germany with good sugar levels, something that climate change seems likely to make more common. "Expectations for crop yield have frequently been surpassed despite the unusually dry conditions," said Monika Reule, managing director of the German Wine Institute.
Canned wine is not a fad, but instead the development of a new wine category that can have a lasting effect on the wine market, says Robert Williams Jr., an associate professor of marketing at Susquehanna University's Sigmund Weis School of Business. Convenience, sustainability and cost savings are among the key motivations that lead consumers to buy canned wine, per a recent study performed by Williams, colleagues Helena Williams and Matthew Bauman, and Texas Tech University and its Wine Marketing Institute.
Petillant naturels, or pet-nat wines, have a versatility that could make the lightly sparkling wine a new consumer favorite, per Daniel Souder, sommelier and owner of Pleasantry restaurant in Cincinnati. Alex Krause, a winemaker at Birichino, says the wine "has appeal among those who've moved beyond the traditional large Champagne house models and are taking a keen interest in grower Champagnes, and the less explored corners of the wine world that historically have been just a footnote -- the wines of Jura and Etna spring to mind."
Looking over the past decade in wine shows an increasing trend of paying attention to local products from places such as Virginia, Missouri and Colorado, Dave McIntyre writes. The past 10 years have also seen an advance in the professionalization of sommeliers, he writes.
Walmart will debut virtual reality headsets in all of its US stores next month as a system for realistic training. In a pilot project, staff members using the headsets learned such tasks as loading the company's new pickup towers.
Danone is working to grow with the expanding yogurt market by adapting to the latest yogurt trends and releasing fresh innovations, according to Sergio Fuster, president of US Yogurt for Danone North America. The company currently holds approximately 70% market share in the plant-based yogurt category, and is seeing "significant potential" from its Activia Probiotic Dailies shots, Fuster said.
Wegmans will open a store in Lancaster, Pa., this weekend, positioning the Northeastern chain to reach the 100-store plateau next year. The company has three stores set to open in 2019 in North Carolina, Virginia and New York.
Teams value CEOs who make brave shifts in strategy and focus on developing team members, writes Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Employees also want clear statements about your principles and values, as well as seeing how you live those even when pressured to act otherwise, she writes.