Austria posted a 7.4% increase in total value of export sales, according to the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, indicating that the country's wines are receiving wider appreciation. Interest in Austria's wines is increasing across Northern Europe including the UK, according to import figures.
Winemaker Bruce Jack has left South Africa's Accolade Wines to launch his own eponymous label. His Bruce Jack range will make wines to be sold by national retailers and in convenience stores.
The Plum machine lets hotels offer in-room service of a single glass of high-end wine without spoiling the rest of the bottle. The high-tech system draws out the wine without destroying the cork, then injects argon gas to refill the bottle without adding oxygen.
Banyuls dessert wines are made in southern France by letting grenache grapes shrivel in the sun prior to harvest. During aging, many producers place glass demijohns filled with Banyuls back in the sun for 30 months.
Beer and wine sales have been approved at the McKale Center arena at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. University officials said a number of precautions would be in place for alcohol sales during basketball games, including increased security.
Some wineries could save almost 90% on taxes thanks to the tax overhaul that Congress recently passed. The cut in excise taxes is set to expire in two years but could end up being extended, said Steve Raye, president of wine and spirits consulting firm Bevology.
The Culinary Vision Panel's Mindful Dining Initiative has released a new report that finds 67% of millennials are willing to pay more for grab-and-go products that are produced in an ethical manner, while 60% believe organic foods taste better. The survey also indicates that 82% of millennial shoppers would like companies to use more environmentally friendly business practices.
Walmart has filed six patent applications for technology that would use drones to help farmers and suppliers increase food production. The move to gain more control over the supply chain comes as the retailer is expanding its fresh-food offerings and grocery delivery services.
SUPERVALU will sell its 38 Farm Fresh stores as it focuses on its wholesale business. The company already has plans for 21 of the stores, with eight being sold to Kroger, 10 to Kroger subsidiary Harris Teeter and three to Food Lion, in deals worth $43 million total.
Cape Cod has unveiled a new line of thick-cut, kettle-cooked wavy potato chips in three flavors. "Inspired by the waves of Cape Cod and the delicious marriage of our kettle cooked chips and your favorite dip, new waves potato chips are a natural addition to the Cape Cod potato chip family," said Vice President of Marketing Laura Merritt.