Rouses Markets of Louisiana has grown from 16 stores to 55 since 2007, and CEO Donny Rouse discusses the risks and rewards associated with that type of rapid growth. Rouse also explains how the company excels in seafood sales because of its commitment to fresh and local items from Gulf fishermen.
Consumers are interested in skipping the grocery checkout, the kind of experience that Amazon's Go stores provide, according to a survey from Shorr Packaging. Consumers overwhelmingly liked the idea of a cashier-free checkout, even at a greater expense, with only baby boomers less enthusiastic about the idea.
Taxes on sweetened drinks don't spur a decrease in overall calories consumed, says Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. "There was a recent study done on the California tax that the sugary, sparkling beverages went down, but actually people bought other food and beverages and so their total calories actually went up, so it's not going to help solve it," he said.
The harder a problem is to solve, the more it helps to take an experimental approach to solving it, writes Adam Kahane. Leaders need to allow teams to run tests without expecting to find solutions on the first try, he writes.
Third-generation family heir Greg Wade is trying to keep Wades Supermarkets alive in one location in the Roanoke, Va., market where it has been a mainstay for more than 50 years. Managers would like to focus on the meat and deli departments, which drive much of revenue, and possibly find another tenant for some of the floor space.
Many consumers don't realize that vermouth is a wine, not a spirit, and should be kept chilled and enjoyed while still fresh, says Martini Brand Ambassador Roberta Mariani. She advises checking for the words "di Torino" on vermouth's label to ensure quality.
Pacific Northwest wineries continue to offer their takes on dry rose wines in the style made famous in Provence. Wineries such as Browne Family Vineyards and Huston Vineyards are crafting roses with floral scents but dry tastes on the palate.
The French province of Languedoc's reputation, long dented by too much bulk wine production, is rising thanks to younger producers and new products. One eye-catching one is Diving Into Hampton Water rose, a wine project that includes rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
Many wineries have begun to return to the use of concrete tanks that provide "the slow, tannin-developing ingress of oxygen that stainless steel can't deliver," writes David Williams. Zorzal ZZ Tupungato malbec cabernet sauvignon and Domaine de l'Ecu Orthogneiss Muscadet Sevre et Maine are among the recent wines to have benefited from concrete tanks.
Cocktail culture has helped bourbon find many fans among millennials, notes Michter's Distillery President Joseph Magliocco. Social media also has driven the trend, he says, helping sales of American whiskey rise 8.1% in 2017.
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