Martha Stewart will oversee the grand opening of the first Stew Leonard's store in New Jersey this month. The opening marks the grocer's seventh location, with the last store opening on Long Island, N.Y., in August 2017.
One Brands is debuting One Plant, a line of plant-based protein bars, next month in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and banana nut bread. "The industry has been experiencing significant demand for plant-based alternatives from consumers," said One Brands CEO Peter Burns.
Idaho has welcomed its first zero-waste grocer, Roots Zero Waste Market, which includes a plant-based apothecary. Produce is sold loose, minimal paper packaging is used for items like toilet paper and soap, and cleaning products come in glass spray jars.
Takeoff Technologies has raised $25 million to fund its micro-fulfillment operations, which will allow it to expand in North America, Australia and Europe with an updated design for its automated warehouses. Meanwhile, CommonSense Robotics has rebranded as Fabric and introduced its underground micro-fulfillment shed concept.
Now home to upward of 700 wineries, the first wine grapes weren't planted in New Zealand until 200 years ago, and its wine boom only took off in the 1980s -- which in the wine world, represents an incredibly rapid ascent to become an international player, writes Rachel Arthur. "We produce less than 1% of the world's wine, but we have an international reputation for premium, diverse and sustainable wines, and reached a record $1.83bn in export value this year," New Zealand Wine Growers CEO Philip Gregan said.
Carlton & United Breweries, the Australian arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, is acquiring the country's only firm selling wine exclusively in canned or keg format, Riot Wine. While the terms of the deal weren't divulged, Carlton & United Breweries' "investment, expertise and customer relationships will help us continue our rapid expansion," said Riot Wine co-founder and CEO Tom O'Donnell.
In a poll for VinePair, 14 industry experts were asked for their takes on the worst trends in wine today. Among their wildly varying answers were dull-tasting roses; "designer" wines meant more for showing off than for their quality; CBD-infused wines; and a fixation on trusting social media influencers versus a sommelier.
After decades of neglect and disdain by critics, 1970s-era wines like vinho verde, muscadet and lambrusco are witnessing an unexpected revival, thanks to a small group of adventurous vintners, David Williams writes. "The paradigm of the retro-vintage comeback king is beaujolais," a region whose sales and reputation finally cratered in the 1990s, he writes.
The 2019 list of HERoes Women Role Model Executives highlights 100 female business leaders from around the world who are helping improve workplace gender diversity rates with their leadership and initiatives. Facebook EMEA vice president Nicola Mendelsohn tops the list for her development of a leadership development program and efforts to empower women through #SheMeansBusiness.
Activist, beauty icon and YouTube star Jackie Aina is using her platform to inspire and promote the inclusion of women of color in the beauty industry, which she says tends to cater more to white and Asian women. Aina says she makes a point of engaging with content from black creators, supporting them socially and financially.
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