Category: Cider

Every Last Drop: Wastewater treatment that doesn’t waste water

Today’s alcohol producers are using many methods to reduce pollution caused by wastewater, including cleaning wastewater in different ways and reusing cleaned wastewater in nonproduction capacities. Treating water as a limited resource fosters goodwill with customers and local governments. “Water is an entirely local issue,” says Andy Battjes, director of environmental health and safety at Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman (one of America’s largest beverage companies with more than 25 brands in its portfolio, including Jack Daniel’s, Canadian Mist, and Chambord). “We have to have reliable, clean sources of water for our own use and for the communities in which we...

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Apples to Apples: Creating new cider apple cultivars to confront a changing climate

Farmers are, of necessity, pragmatic people. So while politicians and scientists may still be debating whether or not climate change exists, farmers are dealing with the reality in front of them: record-setting droughts, fruit-killing cold fronts, and generally erratic and unpredictable weather patterns. Some annual crops seem to be fairly tolerant of these challenges and, therefore, more amenable to relocation. But the time and expense involved in planting a vineyard or orchard make the whole idea of pulling up roots and moving on problematic. When it comes to growing perennial crops in a time of climate uncertainty, water (or...

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Going Green: Legalization of marijuana for recreational use brings challenges and opportunities to the alcohol beverage industry.

“Well-balanced, flavorful, and mild.” “Citrus-like, fruity.” “Great with dessert.” These may sound like descriptors from the latest Wine Spectator, but they’re actually excerpts from cannabis reviews, published last September in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. What was once almost unimaginable in the United States has come to pass: Pot has gone mainstream. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational cannabis; Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia followed in 2014. The November 2016 election added California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine to the list. As more states vote to legalize recreational cannabis, the alcohol...

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BevMo! Welcomes Matt Navarro as SVP

Retailing veteran Matt Navarro has been brought in as senior vice president of operations to oversee BevMo! He will be focused on elevating the in-store shopping experience by encouraging customer loyalty, enhancing the service model, and strengthening employee development programs. Navarro joins the 165-store beverage-lifestyle company with previous tenure at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Staples, among others, where he earned a reputation for building leaders and implementing innovative measures that positively impacted sales. “Matt is a highly skilled operator within a number of retail categories,” said BevMo! CEO Dimitri Haloulos in a press release announcing the hire. “We’re excited...

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Sunday Funday: Oklahoma OKs Sunday Spirits Sales

Oklahoma has become the 40th state in the union to legalize spirits sales on Sundays. The change will help alleviate the negative impact felt by small-scale retailers that were affected by the state’s decision last year to allow wine sales in grocery stores. The new rule takes effect October 1, 2018. Oklahoma closely follows Minnesota, which approved similar legislation earlier this year. Alabama is also moving in that direction. More than eight years ago, the state legislature voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants, furthering demand from retail and grocery stores for similar rights. So far, five municipalities...

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