According to The Local, and independent European news site, Italy’s Ministry of Health discovered that a number of Italian farm stays, hotels and other sites duped tourists with illegal and potentially lethal food products. The country’s food fraud police inspected over 600 sites throughout the country and found that 45 percent broke the law. All told, the Ministry of Health discovered 23 tons of contraband, closing 17 venues.
In a report by Space.com, liquor is heading to the Final Frontier for a series of experiments. Suntory Global Innovation Center—a division of Suntory Group—is sending a collection of booze to the International Space Station to determine how weightlessness and a lack of convection (the flow of heat through a liquid or gas) affects alcohol. Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Canadian Club, Hornitos Tequila and Midori liqueur make up the haul sent to space. The astronauts, however, will not be hosting a party any time soon: the space station is officially a dry facility.
In the Trade
According to the New Zealand Winegrowers’ 2015 annual report, the U.S. has surpassed Australia in being the biggest export for New Zealand wine. The market is now valued at $372 million, accounting for one quarter of New Zealand wine exports in June 2015. “We expect further growth in export value in the year ahead, but volume growth will be constrained due to the smaller 2015 harvest,” NZWG chairman Steve Green said.
Beam Suntory Inc. has appointed former Kraft Heinz Company executive Greg Hughes to take over the entire U.S. marketing department as general manager. Hughes previously worked as Kraft Heinz’s vice president of marketing, and in his new role, will oversee three key business areas: Bourbon, World Whiskey and Innovation, and Mixables, such as vodka and Tequila. His appointment is effective immediately.
Shaw-Ross International Importers, based in Miramar, Florida, announced the formation of a new premium wine division. Known as The Lineage Collection, it includes such producers as Château D’Esclans, Marqués de Riscal and Château Carbonnieux. “We’ve seen a strong demand and a growing sophistication for premium wines across a broad demographic which led us to establish this fine wine division,” said Bruce Hunter, managing director of Shaw-Ross.
On the Scene
Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Janssen are currently making their way around the Arctic Circle, so follow along as they enjoy food throughout Iceland, and like arctic char with Chablis or this lamb and celery root dish, paired with Rioja.
— DeSimone & Jenssen (@worldwineguys) August 15, 2015
What could possibly make a vineyard visit more memorable? If you’re Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe, it’d probably have to be a vending machine filled with Prosecco Superiore!
— Kerin O’Keefe (@KerinOKeefe) August 21, 2015