Minnesota-based River Valley Sprouts has issued a recall on several alfalfa sprouts products on concerns about possible salmonella contamination. The products were shipped earlier this month to grocery stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
US employment at breweries, wineries and distilleries has been rising at a crisp 11.1% annual rate in the past seven years, according to government statistics. The jobs boom reflects how smaller players in the industry are changing the landscape for US sales.
Longtime craft beer-maker Two Brothers Brewing of Aurora, Ill., is entering the spirits business. The company's offerings, honed by months of experiments, include vodka, citrus vodka, coffee liqueur, gin and an amaro aged in beer barrels.
The California grape crush was remarkably stable last year, rising 0.5% over the year before, according to recently released numbers. The state's disastrous wildfires, striking late in the season, had little effect on the overall yield, writes Todd Fitchette.
John Anthony Family of Wines of Napa Valley, Calif., has purchased the Church Vineyard in Carneros, which it had previously been leasing. The 10-acre plot features four acres of sauvignon blanc grapes and a historic church.
Sales of magnum bottles in Britain have doubled in the past year, some UK retailers report, with nonsparkling wines leading the trend. The top UK wine shop, Majestic Wine, reported a 500% increase in sales of magnums.
Superfoods such as turmeric and beets, believed to be rich in antioxidants, are making their way from the kitchen to the bar. Brooklyn, N.Y., eatery Sunday offers a cocktail called the Purple Rain that includes blueberries, bourbon, fino sherry and beet juice.
A bill in the Wisconsin Legislature would allow wineries to stay open until midnight instead of their current 9 p.m. closing time. But a dispute over other wording in the bill, regarding licenses and tailgating, could end chances for passage this year.
Sales of the cleaner-label sector of the meat counter, including natural and antibiotic-free, has grown while conventional meats have become stagnant, according to market analyst Anne-Marie Roerink. Millennial shoppers are interested in these products but may need more outreach to learn what's available, she said.
After what it considers a successful test, Dollar General will add produce to about 400 more stores. Adding fresh produce to stores both increased the cart size and attracted new customers, the company said.