Mexico has a hot climate, but some winemakers are still succeeding in its differing regions by planting grapes at higher altitudes. Cool desert evenings and a lower incidence of fungal disease in some areas mean that winemaking can flourish in the country, write Per and Britt Karlsson.
The way wineries have conquered Napa Valley has prompted concerns among some longtime locals that the area's environment is being too severely changed by endless growth. A controversial measure on the ballot in June is intended to protect the remaining oak woodlands in the valley from further development.
Walmart will launch its grocery delivery service across the Chicago market on Tuesday, charging $9.95 for same-day delivery. The addition of Chicago comes as the company strives to cover 40% of American households with grocery delivery services by year's end.
BJ's Wholesale Club filed documents yesterday to conduct an initial public offering of stock, saying it hopes to raise at least $400 million. The company, which reports that it has over five million paying members, was taken private in 2011.
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison is retiring today after seven years at the company's helm. Board member Keith McLoughlin will fill the CEO role on an interim basis while the firm seeks a permanent replacement.
The Food Marketing Institute gave special recognition to four store managers at its recent Future Leaders eXperience event, citing the importance of leadership to making stores welcoming to consumers. "They are motivating their employees to create memorable in-store and online experiences that keep shoppers personally engaged and coming back for more," said Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI.
Understanding the behavioral habits of various types of shoppers can help grocers and food brands build sales in the healthy product space. Research from New Hope Network and NMI reveals five consumer categories based on their level of interest in and commitment to health-centered lifestyles.
Convenient options in packaging and flavor are helping to boost retail onion sales, suppliers said. Unique offerings include the proprietary "tearless" Sunion, which is a mild onion grown in Washington without the compounds that can make eyes water.
A new report by The Hershey Co. outlines how to combine the digital and physical shopping experiences to boost snack sales. Shoppers spend six times more money when utilizing all of a retailer's commerce channels, according to the report, titled "The Power of Search in a Shopper's World."
The Istenic winery in Slovenia might be more modest than others in Europe, but its sparkling wines are as good as can be found, Mary Holland writes. Soil with the perfect mix of minerals and drainage helps make Slovenian sparkling wine special, she writes.