Some craft distillers say the popularity of direct-to-consumer alcohol delivery during the pandemic indicates the need to permanently ease regulations surrounding such sales as a way to boost overall performance of the three-tier system. However, WSWA maintains that the existing alcohol distribution system offers built-in protections against underage drinking and counterfeit products, and that it ensures fair collection of state and local taxes.
Chinese tech firm Tencent has created a blockchain traceability platform for China-based wine company Changyu. A unique, scannable QR code on each bottle provides tracking details on each step of the wine's journey, from planting through distribution, and lets buyers confirm the authenticity of the wine, according to Changyu.
Bluff City Smugglers in Memphis, Tenn., is set to debut an alcohol delivery app for customers in the city sometime this month. An as-yet unnamed, locally owned Memphis liquor shop will partner with the app as its sole source for inventory, said Nathan Musso, co-founder of Bluff City Smugglers.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill permitting stores to offer home alcohol deliveries. Under the new law, Georgia restaurants, bars, grocers and convenience stores are among business that can deliver wine, beer and liquor to consumers' homes; breweries and distilleries in the state are excluded from such deliveries.
With a decision expected next week on whether the US will further raise tariffs on European wine and spirits, Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes is reiterating the industry's opposition to the tariffs and outlining his efforts to mitigate against the threat. "I am confident, I am hopeful … the Scotch Whisky Association, the companies in America, the wholesalers, the retailers, are all making the point that this is not the time to be hurting a huge jobs creator that is under a lot of pressure," Menenzes said.
Ahold Delhaize USA has rolled out a plan to cut its carbon footprint and bolster its sustainability practices. The grocer says it will work to reduce emissions from its stores, offices and distribution centers, and has updated and enhanced its GMO and animal welfare policies.
Publix has joined with Brick Street Farms in a pilot program to grow lettuce on-site at one of the grocer's GreenWise Markets in Lakeland, Fla. The 40-foot hydroponic container farm's capacity is equal to about 3 acres of farmland, uses 90% less water and helps cut the carbon footprint by eliminating the need for delivery.
While cherry crops were small this year due to frost, wind and rain that damaged early harvests, growers in Yakima Valley still believe they'll make money this year due to higher retail prices. Some cherries also suffered from little cherry disease, which has long-term effects and can cause growers to lose significant portions of their crops.
The pandemic, economy and political situation are all causes of chronic stress that require leaders to take care of themselves, help people who seem to be withdrawing and communicate an optimistic but realistic message about the future, writes Michael Lee Stallard. "Effective leaders continually look ahead, scanning the horizon for opportunities as well as possible disruptive challenges or threats, and they prepare to address them," he writes.
A report from the Good Food Institute details the state of cultured meat, also known as cell-based or cultivated meat, which is grown from animal cells and could be in some markets by early next year. Small startups and large companies alike are working to make the products a reality as global issues like the coronavirus pandemic and African Swine Fever outbreak shine a light on the need for alternative methods of meat production.