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8/7/2020

Liquor store proprietors in Mississippi say shipping delays from the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control agency are causing shortages. ABC has restricted orders to 100 cases daily, complicating efforts to restock shelves, according to Calistoga Wine and Spirits owner Sean Summers.

8/7/2020

Wine grape harvest has commenced in California's Napa and Sonoma counties with enhanced safety measures in place amid the pandemic. The 2020 crop is likely to be smaller than the area's average, which vintners say they welcome because of the effects of the pandemic on sales at restaurants and bars, on top of the fact that large grape crops over recent years led to an oversupply.

8/7/2020

Pernod Ricard will continue to aggressively pursue its goal of establishing a strong foothold in the US whiskey market, said Daniel Clarke, vice-president of marketing, new brand ventures, adding that "[o]ur objective is to win with a portfolio of whiskeys." Last year, Pernod Ricard acquired whiskey-makers Firestone & Robertson Distilling, Rabbit Hole and Castle Brands.

8/7/2020

Millennials' desire for transparency in the products they buy has been met largely with indifference on the part of traditional winemakers, Erica Duecy writes. This has opened the door to the marketing of "clean wines" that position commercial winemaking as suspect, turning millennials off of such wines, she says, adding that the industry can combat this by making an effort to be more transparent through labeling and sharing its processes.

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8/7/2020

Over 30 Michigan distilleries have sent a joint letter to state lawmakers requesting additional financial support for pandemic-related hardships. In particular, distilleries would like their tax level to be made permanently equal to that of other liquor industries, said Jon O'Connor, president of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association.

8/7/2020

A marinade of yogurt and mint yields an aromatic roasted chicken that pairs well with quick-pickled nectarines. Mint adds cool notes, while garlic, ginger, chile pepper and black peppercorns introduce warmer flavors to the marinade. Serious Eats

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8/7/2020

This dessert from Esteban Castillo's "Chicano Eats" combines chocolate cake and flan to showstopping effect. The cake batter and custard are layered into a Bundt pan and switch places when baking so the flan ends up on top. Smitten Kitchen

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8/6/2020

Dollar General plans to open three new DG Fresh cold storage sites in Kentucky, Oklahoma and California as it works to increase its capacity to self-distribute frozen and refrigerated products. The company also just opened a new DG Fresh site in Montgomery, Ala., and said that location has created 65 new jobs and will serve 1,500 Dollar General stores, with the same impact being projected for the newly announced sites.

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Progressive Grocer
8/6/2020

With the usual back-to-school jitters compounded this year by the ongoing pandemic, Kroger wants to help by giving an additional 10% discount to teachers, parents and school administrators each Wednesday through Sept. 9. The special "Extra Credit Wednesdays" promotion will apply to purchases of school and craft supplies, sporting goods, electronics and other general merchandise.

8/6/2020

After a successful pilot program in July, Weis Markets will continue to offer free online cooking classes to help people whip up fun and easy meals for children and adults. Each 30-minute class is taught by a registered dietitian and comes with an ingredient list, with sessions covering topics such as "Elementary Kids Cooking Camp," "Intro to Intuitive Eating" and "No Cook Meals."

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