Grocery delivery services Shipt and Instacart have grown significantly since Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market, as supermarket chains around the country rushed to implement online shopping options. Instacart will be operating in more than 170 markets by year's end, and Shipt plans to be in 140 markets by the end of next year.
Napa Valley vintner Jayson Woodbridge has sold the Layer Cake, Cherry Pie and If You See Kay labels to Vintage Wine Estates of Santa Rosa, Calif. "We're looking at ways to get bigger and to do it in the most cost-efficient manner," said Pat Roney, president of Vintage Wine Estates.
The meal kit market has reached a value of $5 billion, according to Packaged Facts, and many retailers are forming partnerships with third parties to give meal kit offerings a try. Walmart now sells meal kits from several brands online, and Tops Markets and Gelson's have both teamed up with Chef'd to add meal kit options.
Winegrowing regions are grappling with how climate change could shift their business plans, Dan Berger writes. Areas of New Zealand are considering switching to warmer-weather grapes, while parts of Argentina are concerned about long-term access to water.
Costieres de Nimes in France's southern Rhone Valley offers enjoyable and rich red wines from grenache, mourvedre and syrah grapes, Anna Lee C. Iijima writes. The region's melting pot of local influences is reflected in the blended wines, she writes.
The number of craft alcohol producers in New York has grown 50% since 2014, when additional incentives were put into effect, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The state now ranks fourth in the US for craft beer and winemaking, second for craft distilling and first for craft ciders.
Chicago's North Shore Distillery is rolling out Ethel's Eye of Newt Cordial. Mustard seed, turmeric and wildflower honey are among the ingredients that give it complex and surprising savory flavors, Zak Stambor writes.
Owensboro, Ky., will debate an ordinance to allow alcohol sales until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, which falls on a Sunday this year. Under the current ordinance, midnight would mean the end of alcohol sales.
French farmers must either ramp up production of organic food to meet growing consumer demand or risk losing market share to importers, according to a report from credit insurer Coface. Organic food sales in France are on track to near $9.5 billion this year, the report found, and continue to grow at a rate of up to 15% annually.
At least 21 individuals in three Canadian provinces -- Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador -- have been sickened from a recent E. coli O157 outbreak from romaine lettuce. No recalls have been issued, though consumers are advised to thoroughly wash fresh lettuce and remove the outer leaves.