Specialty cocktails are part of the W Hotels brand, and the luxury chain customizes drinks to the culture and tastes of each hotel's location, said Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide director of global brand management Sarah Doyle. The five best-selling cocktails in the 44-hotel chain are: the Cucumber Martini in Atlanta, the Chor Muang in Bangkok, the Green Mojito in Taipei, sangria in Washington, D.C., and the Eclipse Watermelon Martini in Barcelona.
A Costco Wholesale store in Taipei, Taiwan, is the second-most profitable in the company's chain, after one in Korea. About two-fifths of the merchandise is from the U.S., but in many cases it is altered for local tastes; for example, fish is sold whole and meat sliced thin for hot pots.
Columbia's Candy Factory in Missouri is cooking up a line of artisan chocolate with flavors such as triple-chocolate cheesecake and Aztec chocolate in order to drive sales. According to the NCA, consumers are seeking bolder flavors and more healthful, eco-friendly chocolate options.
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