A group of Oregon winemakers are pooling their resources to help winemakers in the Rogue Valley American Viticultural Area who have had their contracts unexpectedly canceled. The team will release a wine called Solidarity, with proceeds going to help out the area's wineries that were left in the lurch.
Gik, a blue wine, was treated as a novelty by some, but the company sold almost 500,000 bottles in 2017, with the US as its top export market. France is the second-largest market, and the blue trend is bleeding over into gin, as Bombay Sapphire recently unveiled an edible blue paint to enhance the flavor of gin and tonic.
Winc has developed Wine Tasting 101, a kit that helps make wine education more fun and accessible while helping people learn about their taste preferences. The kit includes six bottles of wine with numbered bags for blind tasting and informational cards about the wines.
Gary Guittard, CEO and master chocolatier of Guittard Chocolate, developed a 150th anniversary chocolate bar as a tribute to founder Etienne Guittard's West Coast chocolate style. The Eureka Works bar "is made with beans sourced from Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia and Hawaii, the latter standing in for Samoa, which is suffering a cocoa shortage due to drought," Guittard said.
Benson Hill Biosystems has partnered with Mars to help make cacao trees more productive and resilient in the face of climate change and other challenges. The company is studying the natural genetic diversity of cacao at its Creve Coeur, Mo., greenhouse.
Kraft Heinz now has "the strongest innovation pipeline" in its brief history as a combined company, CEO Bernardo Hees says. To bring its innovations to life, the firm is focused on new products as well as partnerships and in-store activity.
Danone has found success in yogurt categories such as probiotics, kids' yogurt and plant-based yogurt, helping bolster its third quarter sales numbers. Danone's essential dairy and plant-based sales increased 1.4% during the quarter.
Culver's will send care packages containing certificates and gift cards to nearly 500 Wisconsin dairy farmers. The company owes its start to the state's dairy farmers and wants to help them as they face challenging market conditions, according to public relations specialist Alison Wedig.
As individual Calif. winery owners look forward to huge crops this fall, some who consider the whole industry are worrying that an oversupply is possible. Consumption seems to be stable but not growing, and some of this year's harvest is already up for sale on the bulk market.