Negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement are raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers in the Southeast and on the West Coast, but for different reasons. Florida tomato and strawberry growers have long bemoaned the growth in cheaper imports from Mexico after NAFTA took effect, while West Coast farmers worry new terms could hurt export deals to Mexico, the top market for crops such as pears, apples and sweet cherries.
Small and midsize wineries could be squeezed between the challenges of a warming climate and consolidation among big winemakers, Kathleen Willcox writes. Wineries that aren't affiliated with the biggest companies could find distribution more of a challenge, she writes.
With production in Iowa, Templeton is one of the key whiskey distilleries outside of Kentucky and Tennessee, writes Brad Japhe. Meanwhile, Clyde May's Alabama Style Whiskey "offers a subtle fruitiness in the finish, a style unique to the state itself," Japhe writes.
Jackson Family Wines CEO Rick Tigner is on the road a lot -- as an avid bicyclist who touts cycling's fitness benefits to employees and uses it to raise funds. His rides have raised money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation; his wife, Wendy, has Parkinson's disease.
Breweries are combining the processes of making beer and wine to create beer-wine hybrids as summer refreshers. Drake's Brewing Co. in California uses pomace, a waste generated from winemaking that still has a lot of sugar and flavor in the grape skins, to add flavors to its beer for its wine-beer hybrids.
Land in top winemaking areas such as Burgundy is getting so expensive that many entrepreneurial winemakers are seeing what can be made in less celebrated locales instead. Some Burgundy winemakers have moved to the Macon region, and wineries such as Domaine Cordier are showing the possibilities for good wines there.
Kroger's deal to sell its Simple Truth products via Chinese online retailer Alibaba highlights the company's commitment to finding international partners to work with, Randy Hofbauer writes. This outreach for partnerships is helping Kroger find new markets that can offer sustainable growth, even where it doesn't have physical stores, he writes.
Big-box retailer Meijer is preparing to open the first location of its Bridge Street Market concept later this month in Grand Rapids, Mich. The 37,000-square-foot prototype store is focused on fresh and prepared foods, emphasizing local brands and deli and bakery items while also carrying Meijer brands.
Speakers will overwhelm and lose audiences if they try to convey too much information, writes Ashish Arora. Use visuals and technical details sparingly and address only the topic's highlights, knowing people can learn more afterward.
Executives should consider supplanting change management with progress leadership, as the former conveys something people fear, while the latter speaks to something they want, writes Dean Lindsay. "Progress leadership means striving to help others find meaning in their work," he writes.