Food & Drink

Welch's, Concord, Mass., has appointed Trevor Bynum as president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. Bynum succeeds Brad Irwin, who retired after 10 years leading the organization. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Atlanta-based Focus Brands Inc. (FBI) announced the successful completion of its previously announced tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Jamba Inc. Jamba is now a wholly owned subsidiary of FBI. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Northlake, Texas-based Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products, announced that it has been awarded LEED Silver certification for its recently completed headquarter office project. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Juice Products Association has launched SipSmarter.org, a website dedicated to educating consumers about the science-backed health and nutritional benefits of 100 percent juice. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
As October marks National Bullying Prevention Month, Capri Sun, a brand of The Kraft Heinz Co., Pittsburg and Chicago, has teamed up with anti-bullying nonprofit organization No Bully, to create The Together Table, the company says. The companies fashioned one long wave-shaped table that offers an alternative to kids sitting at separate tables, so no kid has to sit alone in a school cafeteria. [...]
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Tempire Group, manufactured under a license from Argo Food & Beverage International, introduced its new beverage, Boom Boom Energy Drink. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Bloom Ferments Kombucha released its latest kombucha flavor: Chai. [...]
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Los Angeles-based Rosa Foods, the makers of Soylent, announced that two of its ready-to-drink flavors — Cacao and Cafe Vanilla — will now be offered in an 11-ounce Tetra Pak, as part of a four-count multipack. The new packaging will retail in both Walmart and Target, which will enable the brand to reach the masses at thousands of Walmart and Target locations, the company says. [...]
Tue, Oct 09, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Former Red Bull UK chief executive officer (CEO) Harry Drnec is set to launch a new detox beverage line called Sober Up to help reduce the toxic effects of alcohol, boost mental clarity and help prevent hangovers, the entrepreneur says. [...]
Mon, Oct 08, 2018, Continue reading at the source
PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., announced the launch of its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator program in North America, an innovation initiative designed to discover and support emerging brands in the food and beverage sector. The North American program follows the launch of PepsiCo's Nutrition Greenhouse in Europe, now in its second year. [...]
Wed, Sep 05, 2018, Continue reading at the source

The House of Suntory introduced Haku Vodka, a premium craft vodka made from 100 percent Japanese white rice. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
C Squared Ciders announced the seasonal release of its self-titled Dark Cider. [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Tippy Cow Rum Specialties expanded its lineup with the seasonal release of Peppermint Bark Rum Cream. [...]
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Smirnoff, a brand of Diageo North America, introduced its latest limited-edition vodka: Smirnoff Moscow Mule. [...]
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source
WX Brands, Novato, Calif., announced its purchase of the Reckless Love and Sunday Funday wine brands. Reckless Love and Sunday Funday wines join WX Brands' group of brands that include Bread & Butter, Chronic Cellars, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Jelly Jar and Our Daily Wines. [...]
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source

"When we walked into the room, it felt like I was walking onto the field at a Super Bowl," said Jim Nantz. The longtime sportscaster knows what that is like. But last night he wasn't on the 50-yard line. He was pouring his wine, The Calling Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2016, at Wine Spectator's 38th Wine Experience at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.For many wine lovers, the Wine Experience is the big game—three days of tasting rare and aged wines with leading winemakers, lunches showcasing the wines of different regions, and the black-tie Grand Award Banquet, celebrating the best restaurant wine programs in the world. And kickoff is the Thursday night Grand Tasting, the first of two evenings where wine lovers can taste 269 of the world's greatest wines, all rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator editors.Fitting an all-star show, the tasting had been sold out for days. More than 2,400 guests packed two ballrooms, eager to taste everything from Burgundy to Barolo, from Washington Syrah to a Greek white, from California Cabernet to Bordeaux-style blends from Israel, Japan and Virginia. Some had drawn up detailed game plans for tasting what they thought would be the most exciting. Others just wandered freely and explored."It's overwhelming, it's exciting. I don't know where to start," said Allison Pitts, 25, a New Yorker attending her first Wine Experience. "I feel like I'm learning a lot. There's different wines from all over the country I never thought I would have the chance of tasting. It's amazing."Many opted to go bubbly, trying Krug's Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée 163ème Edition NV or Schramsberg's J. Schram North Coast 2004 from California. For elegant whites, they could sample Pascal Jolivet's Sancerre Le Grand Chemarin 2015 from the Loire or Forge Cellars Riesling Finger Lakes Dry Les Alliés 2016 from New York or Château La Nerthe's Châteauneuf-du-Pape White Clos de Beauvenir 2013.For reds, you could compare benchmarks like the 2008 vintage from both Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Margaux. For something untraditional, you could sample Orin Swift Cellars' Abstract California 2016, a Grenache-Syrah–Petite Sirah blend. You could base your tasting on exploring a range of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese producers, or opt for a New World bounty from Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.For vintners, the evening was a chance to meet customers face to face and perhaps win new [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Growing up on a farm in the tiny Alsatian town of Niederschaeffolsheim, Gabriel Kreuther was always surrounded by food: His relatives were butchers, bakers and restaurant owners; his mother loved to cook. After sharpening his skills in kitchens around Europe, he made his way to the bright lights of New York in 1997 to work as a sous chef at the fine-dining landmark La Caravelle. He then moved on to establishments of equal pedigree, including Jean-Georges, Atelier at the Ritz Carlton, and the Modern. Despite his elite résumé, Kreuther, 49, has never forgotten his more humbling moments. Once, as a teenager visiting Paris for the first time, he was asked to leave an upscale restaurant because he didn't meet the dress code. "It makes you feel bad, it makes you feel angry," he says of stuffy, unwelcoming dining rooms. So, when he opened his eponymous Midtown Manhattan restaurant in 2015, he "wanted to do a place that kind of brings everything a little bit down to Earth." Philippe Sauriat, head sommelier at Gabriel Kreuther, brings a similar sensibility to the restaurant's 1,600-selection, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list. In addition to big-ticket names from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Napa and Italy, the Burgundy native searches out lesser-known producers in hopes of exciting and educating diners. (Interested New York Wine Experience attendees might note the restaurant is a short walk from the Marriott Marquis.) During a quiet moment at the restaurant, the chef and somm sat down with Wine Spectator assistant editor Lexi Williams to talk about the wines and pairings that excite them, how they make fine dining fun, and the perils of driving yourself "crazy-brainy" over wine particulars. Wine Spectator: How do you set Gabriel Kreuther apart from other fine-dining spots in New York?Gabriel Kreuther: In the restaurant business, things tend to go really, really far in complexity, making people feel bad, making people feel out of place, making people feel uncomfortable, and I can connect with that. I wanted a place where people are comfortable, where they can have a good time and they can feel themselves. At the end of the day, it's only food and wine. And if you take it too seriously, I think that you get so boxed in. It's like people drinking wine, and they get too crazy-brainy, they miss what it's about. Or people who take one bite and think about [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The eve of the one-year anniversary of the start of 2017's devastating wine-country wildfires brought warm temperatures, low humidity and violent wind gusts to Napa and Sonoma. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning, alerting residents that conditions were ripe for wildfire combustion and rapid growth. While the night passed without event, fire was on everyone's minds.The series of firestorms that tore through Northern California last year killed 44 people, burned 245,000 acres and destroyed 8,900 structures. One year later, wineries that were damaged have broken ground on new construction, many slowed by insufficient insurance policies. Sonoma residents are facing a housing shortage, with rebuilding delayed by a lack of workers.Despite those hurdles, most residents are feeling optimistic about the future, thanks to a promising harvest and a desire to make the region even better than before the flames.Rebirth in progress"Today's an emotional day," said Rene Byck of Paradise Ridge Winery, interviewed Oct. 9. A year earlier, runaway flames consumed his Santa Rosa winery, tasting room, event space and thousands of bottles of wine. Byck described the weight of persistent local news coverage and events commemorating the anniversary. "Acting like nothing happened isn't a solution either," he admitted.The rubble at the former Paradise Ridge tasting room, event space and winery has been cleared, and the owners are in the final stages of the permit process, hoping to start construction soon, with the goal of opening the tasting room and event space in October 2019. "The sooner we can rebuild the better," said Byck. "I know people are looking at us as a symbol of rebirth, or maybe recovery."On the same day, in neighboring Napa, Ray Signorello broke ground on a new winery, fermentation building and caves, which he hopes to complete in two years. He spoke to a small crowd on the warm and sunny day, with grapes hanging on the vines and bins in the vineyards in anticipation of this year's harvest. Signorello told the guests he was in Vancouver at the time of the fire when his wife, Tanya, called to tell him what was happening. Winemaker Pierre Birebent and a crew arrived to help battle the blaze but had to leave as the fire engulfed the surrounding area. "I remember tossing and turning and wondering what was left," recalled Signorello. But at the groundbreaking, he was positive about the new chapter in the winery's history. "We're [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
When wildfires devastated Napa and Sonoma in October 2017, chef Tyler Florence's first instinct was to put his skills as a veteran Food Network emcee and kitchen whiz to use by throwing a benefit bash to raise money for relief efforts. But the star of The Great Food Truck Race and Bite Club quickly realized that the event he organized would be part of a much bigger story. Florence's "The Grateful Table" last November seated 500 first responders, winemakers, chefs and more, but the North Bay local felt “there [was] no real, thorough documentation of what happened” as communities grappled, and rallied, in the fires' aftermath, he told Unfiltered. Hence, Florence's new documentary film Uncrushable, a compilation of interviews with more than 50 residents, emergency personnel, vintners and more, shot in just three weeks, “while the fires were still burning," he said. "The entire story just started to unfold in front of us; it was thoughtful, and it was scary, and it was human, and it was real,” Florence said. “I think it's my best work.” The 72-minute documentary debuted at the New York City Wine & Food Festival and screened in Toronto earlier this week; a first-look trailer also dropped last week. The film now comes home, with a showing in partnership with Visit California and Sonoma County Tourism on Oct. 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Then on Nov. 9, the Napa Valley Film Festival is partnering with Robert Mondavi Winery for a fundraising dinner and screening of the film. Uncrushable Chef Tyler Florence and his team hosted a "Grateful Table" dinner among the vines last November to benefit fire victims. “There's been an unbelievable amount of progress,” Florence reflected on the year that has passed. “The big question I've got [for wine]," he added, "is, ‘What's the 2018 vintage going to taste like?' I think the interest in the 2018 vintage is going to be very special.” Lenny Kravitz Tastes the Stars with Dom Pérignon in New Film, Photo SeriesChampagne is like Lenny Kravitz: a little fresh and a little tart, by turns smooth and mellow, then exuberant and effervescent. So it's a natural fit that Kravitz is the latest artist to collaborate with Champagne Dom Pérignon, on a new photo and film series with the [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In a major move late yesterday, Constellation Brands announced that its current president and COO, Bill Newlands, will take over chief executive duties from Rob Sands, effective March 2019, with Sands becoming executive chairman. With the transition, Newlands will become the first Constellation CEO from outside the Sands family. He takes the helm during a heady time for Constellation, which has seen its market value rise from $6.3 billion in 2012 to $43 billion today, following a string of acquisitions across the wine, spirits and beer businesses. Most recently, Constellation made another bold move with its $4 billion investment in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth. Shanken News Daily managing editor Daniel Marsteller caught up with Newlands to discuss his new appointment and the future of Constellation. Read the interview at Shanken News Daily. [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Now in operation for nearly 70 years, the Hand Family Companies, Clarksville, Tenn., has grown from humble beginnings to becoming a multi-state beer and beverage distributor operating seven plants in three states, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. [...]
Wed, Oct 10, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Whether it's the repeal of Prohibition, legalization of cannabis and its impact on the alcohol industry, or the ways in which eCommerce is impacting the sale and distribution of beer, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) has been on the pulse of many hot-button topics during the past 81 years. [...]
Mon, Sep 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In view of the increase in the number of exports beer stabilization is now also an important factor for medium-sized breweries. [...]
Mon, Sep 10, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Birra Moretti, a brand of White Plains N.Y.-based Heineken USA, announced that the brand's What's More Italian summer program includes a partnership with former "Check, Please!" Host Cat De Orio and Barilla Pasta Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni to encourage legal-drinking-age consumers to enjoy Birra Moretti and Italian cuisine with friends and family at home or at other social get-togethers this summer. [...]
Tue, Aug 28, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Over the past 25 years, it's been quite a journey to build New Glarus Brewing Co. into a successful craft brewery that annually brews 250,000 barrels of such iconic beers as Spotted Cow, Moon Man and Two Women from two brewery locations in the tiny town of New Glarus, Wis. (population 2,000). [...]
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, Continue reading at the source