Private equity company NextWorld Evergreen has purchased organic chocolate company Alter Eco Americas. Alter Eco co-CEOs Edouard Rollet and Mathieu Senard will continue to plan the strategic growth of the company with President Kate Tierney, who is also staying on board.
The Hershey Co. has opened a new Hershey's Chocolate World location in New York City's Time Square, replacing a previous location in Manhattan. "We've succeeded in creating a landmark destination where chocolate lovers will experience something unlike anything they've seen, smelled or tasted before," said The Hershey Experience Vice President Suzanne Jones of the new store.
A union of French confectioners has prevailed in using the name calisson to market a lozenge-shaped candy product after battling Chinese entrepreneur Ye Chunlin, who had attempted to trademark "Calisson d'Aix" in China. This week, the Chinese copyright office denied Chunlin's request for rights to the name.
A recent US Supreme Court ruling clarifies the rules for interstate wine shipments and reinforces the three-tier system, said Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO Craig Wolf. Producers can ship out of state, but the system ensures that state taxes are being paid and the law followed, Wolf said.
Vintners affected by the wildfires that hit Northern California this fall are working to rebuild amid growing community support. Signorello Estate is currently unable to receive visitors after losing its headquarters, but the winemaker has seen brisk wholesale and restaurant sales since the fires.
Changyu Pioneer Wine, China's biggest wine firm, has purchased an 80% stake in the Kilikanoon winery of Australia. The winery currently sells 10% of its wine to China, but that could rise to 50% as the company grows in the wake of the investment, according to Kilikanoon Managing Director Warrick Duthy.
Becle has agreed to acquire Canadian whisky brand Pendleton from Hood River Distillers for $205 million. When the deal closes, Pendleton will join a portfolio that includes Jose Cuervo tequila and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
A 26-year-old distiller has sold out of her first batch of single-malt whiskey, the first made in Alberta, Canada. Caitlin Quinn founded the Eau Claire Distillery, which is selling its single malt for about $74.
Minibar Delivery has begun offering service in Jacksonville, Fla., through a partnership with four local liquor store locations. Customers browse a shop's inventory via the app and pay a $5 fee for delivery in 30 to 60 minutes.
Amazon has begun offering beer and wine delivery in Raleigh, N.C., through its Prime Now service. Local liquor stores say they will match its speed and also offer a better experience to those who will come into the store.