Dessert wines are often overlooked, but this is a missed opportunity because wine served with dessert can "boost the end of your meal into a grand finale," Dave McIntyre writes. Ruby-style ports pair well with chocolate desserts, tawny Madeiras complement flans and puddings and sweet white wines are the ideal companion for a cheese course, he writes.
Reluctant employees can be encouraged to grow their skills when they understand the benefits and realize they don't have to leave their current role, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Well-informed employees will understand the urgency behind development when they appreciate the tremendous pressures facing the organization and the implications associated with not evolving and keeping pace," she writes.
New product launches from brands including General Mills, Sara Lee and Butterball topped this week's top 10 food-and-beverage news list. News of ALDI's popularity in the US and Ahold Delhaize's supply chain investment also caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week.
Attorneys general in the District of Columbia and 18 states are challenging a proposed regulation by the Labor Department that would end the 80/20 tip credit rule. The rule requires restaurants to pay tipped employees the full hourly minimum wage for nontipped work if it comprises 20% or more of their total shift.
Shredded cheese, dry soups, cocktail franks and chili perform well among seasonal shoppers in the Midwest, while specialty crackers, cider and carbonated cocktail mixes are popular with Northeasterners, according to Catalina Marketing. Southerners flock to canned ham, biscuit mixes and breakfast sausage for morning holiday celebrations, and Westerners buy more fire logs, ready-to-serve soup, milk modifiers and eggnog.
Fair Trade USA is piloting blockchain traceability technology in partnership with Wholechain to track certified shrimp. "What Wholechain is good for is some of the more challenging supply chains like agricultural use cases, things where the products don't originate with a barcode," says Wholechain CEO Jayson Berryhill.
Research funded by the Frozen Food Foundation has resulted in a new food safety tool called Frozen Food Listeria Lot Risk Assessment. "The goal of the research was to develop a tool for companies to assess individual production lot risks based on various scenarios," said Cornell lead researchers Dr. Renata Ivanek and Dr. Martin Wiedmann.
Starting Jan. 1, food manufacturers will be required to provide labels on their products that will indicate if a food product is made or undergoes the process of bioengineering. The list of biotech products already approved in 2019 in the US for commercial production and sale are AquAdvantage salmon, Arctic apple, BARI Bt Begun eggplant varieties, canola, corn, cotton, ringspot virus-resistant papaya varieties, pink-flesh pineapple varieties, potato, soybean, summer squash and sugarbeets.
Just, producer of egg substitute Just Egg and egg-free mayonnaise, has purchased a manufacturing facility in Appleton, Minn. The company intends to expand the facility next year as well as increase sales tenfold to drive down costs, says CEO Josh Tetrick.
S.C. Johnson has purchased Stasher, which produces reusable silicone storage bags. "SC Johnson has long been committed to moving the needle on the plastic waste crisis by shifting consumer habits and working with governments and NGOs (non-governmental organizations)," Stasher CEO Kat Nouri said in a statement.