Capriccio Bubbly Sangria has been prompting a stir on social media, with consumers calling it "the new Four Loko." The beverage, made with fruit juice and grape wine by Florida Caribbean Distillers, has an alcohol content of 13.9%.
Wine that contains charcoal is one of the predictions for the future of food and beverage made by food futurologist Morgaine Gaye. Transparency about ingredients will become the norm, as will easily recyclable packaging, Gaye also predicts.
Mike Barrow of Costaflores Organic Vineyard has paired the value of a new cryptocurrency with his wine through a project called OpenVino. The initial value of the digital currency, MTB18, is one bottle of wine that will be ready three years from now, but that value might fluctuate.
Calif. winemakers fear that their connections to China, both in wine sales and in drawing visitors, are in peril as a trade war looms. Calif. wines already get to the market in China with a hefty markup, and an added 15% tariff would make them noncompetitive, winemakers say.
The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has offered stopgap relief to small wineries that feared tax increases because of a drafting error in last year's tax bill. Wineries feared that they would lose tax credits if not all of the winemaking and storage process was conducted under their own roof, but they will still likely face compliance costs, said WineAmerica Vice President Michael Kaiser.
Georgia-based Ken Corbett Farms is adding acreage for satsumas and other citrus, said salesman Eric Bolesta. The grower-shipper is growing in areas where colder winter days are expected to deter the insect that spreads citrus greening.
Kroger has forged a deal with British online grocer Ocado, which has been on the forefront of warehouse and delivery automation for online grocery orders. Kroger will be the exclusive US licensee of Ocado's technology and now owns a 5% stake in the UK firm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stopped warning consumers about romaine from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region, as the final shipment of the lettuce was shipped on April 16. Romaine grown in Yuma has been linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 170 people in 32 states and resulted in one death.
Some 36% of Americans followed a set diet or eating plan during the past year, according to a survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. The most common plan among those surveyed was periodic fasting, with the paleo diet ranking second in popularity.
Justin Timberlake suggested it in a viral video, and now fruit supplier Driscoll's is providing it: The braspberry. It's a blueberry stuffed inside a raspberry, and Driscoll's is seeking ways to scale the process so the brand can sell the products efficiently in groceries, a spokesman said.