Michael Chichetti, whiskey production manager, pours a bag of corn into a roller mill while making baby bourbon at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y. Some call it “grain to glass,” the booze equivalent of the local-food slogan “farm to table,” though in the case of the apple vodka made from Hudson Valley at Tuthilltown, it’s more like “tree to tumbler.” Whatever the name, it’s catching on.
The founder of the company that brews Sam Adams beer discusses his company's new venture, Brewing the American Dream, which aims to provide loans to small businesses, an especially important service at a time when traditional bank lending to small businesses has all but dried up.
As a bill passes through the state senate in Pennsylvania, aiming to privatize the control of liquor and wine sales, some state senators and anti-addition groups are railing against the new proposed measure, claiming it will cost taxpayers and harm families.
Starbucks Corp. is making management changes it says will give its top leaders deeper experience with the company. The world's biggest coffee chain declined to say whether the changes were part of succession planning for Howard Schultz, who returned as CEO in 2008 and has since led a turnaround of the company.
The Boston Beer Company Inc.'s profit slipped in the first quarter as rising costs dampened sales gains for the brewer. The company, which makes Samuel Adams beer, Twisted Tea and other beverages, said Wednesday that it faced higher costs for some of its goods during the quarter, and it increased spending on advertising and promotions.
Shares of Cott Corp. fell Wednesday after the beverage maker reported lower first-quarter revenue, citing a loss in market share and a broader decline in the North American soft drink industry. The Canadian company, which makes private-label drinks for retailers, said its total filled beverage volume was 193 million cases for the quarter, down 5 percent from 203 million cases a year ago.
Gov. Tom Corbett's push to liberalize Pennsylvania's beer, wine and liquor laws drew broad criticism from anti-addiction groups during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, and a key state senator suggested that any sale of private alcohol licenses won't deliver the kind of windfall Corbett has touted.
The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a production of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA). The LPVA was formed in 1998 with a goal to help spread the word about all the wonderful things the Leelanau Peninsula has to offer including a growing number of award-winning wineries, excellent restaurants and a rich agricultural history.
Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney, arguing that City Attorney Dennis Herrera unfairly singled the company out by asking that it produce evidence that its drinks are safe. Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change its labels and marketing materials.
PepsiCo pulled an online ad for Mountain Dew that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, The Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A goat character known as Felicia is included in the lineup.
Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors. The company, based in Corona, Calif., says it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe.
The MacMurray Ranch is now owned by the Gallo wine family and open to the public only during the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in August, but it's one of several California wineries with celebrity connections, including wineries owned by "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, the late "Davy Crockett" star Fess Parker, and the late "Perry Mason" star Raymond Burr.
In this photo taken March 15, 2013 Kate MacMurray, daughter of the late actor Fred MacMurray poses with a glass of Pinot Noir by a photograph of her father in a tasting area and gallery of old photographs at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg, Calif. The former cattle ranch, which was purchased in 1941 by the actor in the popular TV series "My Three Sons," now produces wine and is owned by the Gallo wine family.
Company now offers seven sizes of stainless steel worm speed reducers as a family of gearing solutions for challenging applications in food processing, meat and poultry, and beverage handling facilities.
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's largest brewer, says that its profits rose in the first quarter in spite of falling sale volumes in important markets. The company behind Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Becks said Tuesday that even though revenues grew by 1.5 percent in the first quarter, volumes declined by 4.1 percent.
Demand for Hammer Head has been solid around the globe, but Vaclav Sitner, a member of the team tasked with creating a premium whisky, would not reveal how much was made and how much is still available. He would only said if the current sales remain at the same level of 10,000 - 15,000 bottles a year, it is expected to be sold out in five to seven years.
In this Monday, April 8, 2013 photo Eva Brozovska labels bottles with single malt "Hammer Head" whisky in a distillery in Pradlo, Czech Republic. The "Hammer Head" whisky made in communist Czechoslovakia matured in oak barrels for more than 20 years to reach surprisingly good quality before hitting the market.
Where you can buy beer in Pennsylvania will be the subject of debate in the coming weeks in the state Senate, pitting profit-seeking businesses against one another and perhaps even against beer drinkers' wishes. What do beer drinkers want? In Harrisburg, that story line is being told by a variety of businesses in the context of what lines up neatly with their would-be profits.
Bethenny Frankel plans to expand her Skinnygirl line of wine and spirits and power bars to include more food products. She has added what she calls "The New Girls" to her popular line of ready-to-serve drinks, including Moscato, White Cherry Vodka, Mojito and Sweet 'n Tart Grapefruit Margarita.
Wine Master Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan gives tips on diversifying your wine portfolio, suggesting buying strategies for wine from every day to special occasions. She also discusses the trend of investment buyers, who buy and sell wine with no intention of drinking their purchases.
The Florida Senate has given final approval to a bill allowing on-site sales of liquor at the state's craft liquor distilleries. The measure (HB 347) passed on a 36-0 vote Friday and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. It previously cleared the House.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., an independent company that bottles and distributes Coca-Cola drinks in Western Europe, said Thursday that its profit fell in the first quarter as it sold less soda and paid more for ingredients. The company also said it would let its right to buy Coca-Cola's bottling business in Germany expire.
Americans may not feel optimistic about the economy but they're still spending more at Starbucks. The world's biggest coffee chain said Thursday that its profit rose in its fiscal second quarter as a key sales figure climbed in the U.S., its biggest market. New drinks and food, such as its sandwiches and pre-packaged lunch boxes, helped lift sales.
The world's largest brewer is trying to stop Ohio from enacting a measure that would prohibit brewers from buying wholesale beer distributors. That provision was part of a bill that moved quickly through the Legislature last week and is now before Gov. John Kasich.
A bill that would allow malt beverages, including beer, to be sold in Connecticut in pliable pouches is moving through the General Assembly. The House of Representatives voted 120-25 on Wednesday in favor of the legislation. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.