European bartenders continue to use Jagermeister as an ingredient in craft cocktails, even if it is mostly associated with partying in the US. "We are embracing Jagermeister as a quality and complex amaro for cocktail creation, not just shots," said Michal Durinik, a bartender in Prague.
McLane, a distribution company backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, is battling for the right to distribute alcohol in Texas, where it is blocked because it invests in a major retailer, Walmart. If McLane does win its case, it could shake up the whole Texas wholesale market, wine market analyst Barbara Insel said.
Some restaurants in Charleston, S.C., are swapping out vodka for sake in their bloody marys, in part because a hard liquor license is not required to serve it. Sunrise Bistro wanted to serve bloody marys for lunches and Sunday brunches but without the hassle of a liquor license, so it added what it calls the Bloody Ninja to the menu.
A tree planted by "Johnny Appleseed" in Ohio provided the graft needed to grow 102 saplings that will be presented to the state's 102 counties to celebrate the Illinois bicentennial. John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, planted trees around the state during the early 1800s, according to the Illinois State Historical Society.
The cranberry is the official state fruit of Wisconsin, which produces about half the world's supply of the fruit. At Wetherby Cranberry Co. in Warrens, Wis., Harvest Day visitors can tour the marshes and wade into the cranberry bogs.
B&G Foods and Sonoco have debuted a new microwavable PrimaPak packaging innovation to house Green Giant's new sauceless Veggie Spirals product. The 12-ounce packaging is appropriate for frozen foods and includes a semi-rigid bowl that allows for immediate preparation.
Florida tomato growers have proposed significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, including strict anti-dumping measures, which could scuttle negotiations to revise the treaty. US growers pay higher wages and face higher administrative costs than their counterparts in Mexico, where growers have also received subsidies to build a thriving greenhouse industry.
Kroger's Central Division President Katie Wolfram will retire next month, after serving in various roles at the company since 1979, the retailer said Tuesday. Wolfram will be replaced by Kroger's Quality Food Centers Division Leader Pam Matthews, and former Andronico's Community Markets CEO Suzy Monford will serve as the new QFC division leader.
Skin-imaging systems company Canfield Scientific has released a tool called NEXA that provides solutions for beauty retailers and brands. Lascom Solutions has developed PLM Editor software to manage product life cycles, and dciArtform provides digital in-store installations and interactive display features.
Walmart has ramped up its investments in technology to stay competitive with Amazon, and innovations in artificial intelligence will let consumers interact with voice assistants just as they would with store associates, said Marc Lore, Walmart's e-commerce chief. "You're going to be able to talk to your car, your home, your phone in a very conversational way," he said.