After a four-year try at retirement, Kendall-Jackson CEO Jess Jackson is back at work and ready to reinvent the company's modestly priced Vintner's Reserve brand. Jackson contends wine is about quality, not price.
Kendall-Jackson had the winning bid of $4.6 million to purchase the corporate headquarters of the now-defunct Evergreen International Airlines, located in McMinnville, Ore. This is the latest in a number of purchases, as the company behind Kendall-Jackson, Jackson Family Wines, has purchased more than 1,300 acres of land in Oregon since 2013.
The Vintners Hall of Fame, run by The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Calif., announced its seven 2009 honorees Monday. They include Jess Jackson of the Kendall-Jackson empire, as well as Jack and Jamie Davies, whose Schramsberg label proved that America could make Champagne-style sparkling wines.
The confectionery industry, along with others in the packaged foods and restaurant industry, are increasingly offering smaller packaged portions for consumers who want to snack. Mars said it will phase out "king size" candy bars in favor of packages that can be divided into smaller sizes. A confectioners industry group spokeswoman said, "I think for the last few years the emphasis on candy has been its role as a snack," with the trend toward resealable containers and smaller portion options growing.
The touchscreen kiosks from Wine Insite will provide information about the wines available in the store, including origins, tasting notes and reviews. Customers can even type in information about what they want in a wine and then print out recommendations.
Born-on dating for shampoo? Lush, a British cosmetics firm, says it wants "the youngest, freshest products in the history of cosmetics." A label on their Big Shampoo product explains it was made on August 20, 2004, by "Bernita."