Growth in wine exports to China and Hong Kong may put a cork in Australia's large and cheap wine supply, according to Wine Australia. Exports to China grew 57% in the past year, reaching $577 million.
Bacardi is launching a premium spiced rum, Anejo Cuatro, to reach shelves in the UK next spring with a recommended price of about $33. The 40% ABV rum, aged four years, will have flavors of vanilla, cloves and honey, the distiller said.
Fermenting white wine grapes with the skins intact not only produces a vibrant orange color but also deeper flavors, as New York winemakers are discovering. The result is a spicier, peppery wine with tea flavors, winemaker Vinny Aliperti said.
Virginia is again a capital of the moonshine trade, like it was during Prohibition, except such businesses now are legal. Among the backwoods distillers: Tim Smith of the Discovery Channel's "Moonshiners" show, crafting a legal version of the clear, unaged whiskey.
Only 35% of Chicago's holiday shoppers plan to purchase most of their gifts in stores this year, and more than half will do the lion's share of shopping online, according to a survey from Accenture. Around 90% of shoppers seek year-round discounts and sales events such as Amazon Prime Day instead of relying on Black Friday sales.
Hy-Vee has established a 36,000-square-foot store in a mixed-use development in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, that merges grocery shopping and restaurant dining, and Meijer's 37,000-square-foot Bridge Street Market offers shoppers food items and services as the anchor of a downtown mixed-use structure in Grand Rapids, Mich. Kroger operates 12,000-square-foot convenience store Fresh Eats MKT in Ohio, and the retailer has plans to open a 45,000-square-foot store with a food hall in a mixed-use building in Cincinnati in 2019.
In an effort to cut waste, Tesco will begin selling green satsumas and clementines. The green oranges are "perfectly ripe," said supermarket officials, but higher early season temperatures in Spain slowed the natural process that turns the skins orange.
Beginning this year, South Korean farmers can export strawberries to Australia. The agreement comes after three years of talks on quarantine standards and other concerns.
Blue Apron is cutting around 320 jobs, roughly 6% of its workforce, the company announced Wednesday. Officials with the meal-kit seller, which became a public company in June, say the jobs are in the corporate offices and warehouses.
Unusual pumpkins and gourds in various colors and shapes are attracting Nebraska shoppers who want a different look for their Halloween decorations. Customers can choose among blue, pink, striped and speckled options.