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03/31/20

While tasting rooms were shuttered and restaurant sales crashed, sales of wine in grocery stores and clubs surged in March as consumers stocked up to shelter in place.

03/31/20

DTC sales via Commerce7 were higher last week-not something the company expected to see. With tasting rooms closed consumers are buying more wine online.

03/31/20

You aren't the only one who's been drinking more, according to data from BACtrack, a San Francisco company that produces smartphone-connected breathalyzer devices. The idea for the study came from people's anecdotal impressions that drinking was up, said BACtrack CEO Keith Nothacker. "We said, let's go check the data. Sure enough, drinking had exploded post-shelter-in-place."

03/31/20

Proposed November ballot measures on watershed protections and on cannabis won't get signature-gathering passes from the Napa County Board of Supervisors amid the COVID-19 crisis ... Initiative proponents said shelter-at-home orders make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to gather the required signatures by May 8. They asked supervisors to simply place the initiatives on the Nov. 3 ballot ... they declined

03/31/20

You can find all of TTB's COVID-19-related news and guidance in a single location

03/31/20

The website, available at www.sgwscustomercare.com, includes the latest COVID-19-related industry news developments, updates on Southern Glazer's operations, frequently asked questions, and a curated list of trusted sources related to financial relief, health and wellness, and federal and state-specific guidance for employers and employees in the hospitality industry.

03/31/20

St. Helena-based publicist Julie Ann Kodmur launched a website which gathers in one place the programs her clients have put in place because of the coronavirus.

03/31/20

The strike had originally been scheduled on May 1.

03/31/20

The team at CHV went from a traditional winery that relied on restaurant business, tours, and tastings on-site to an almost entirely virtual existence. The transformation now has a focus on home delivery and drive-in pickups but also includes an entire campaign.

03/31/20

The coronavirus economic freeze could cost 47 million jobs and send the unemployment rate past 32%, according to St. Louis Fed projections. There are nearly 67 million Americans working in jobs that are at a high risk of layoffs, according to the analysis.

03/31/20

With so much still uncertain about how widespread hospitalizations for coronavirus patients will be around the United States, a new analysis says premiums could increase as much as 40% next year if the pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays.

03/31/20

CDC says the threat of contracting COVID-19 from food or food packaging is low, but agriculture groups and union leaders are urging employers to take extra precautions to prevent the outbreak from spreading among California's farmworkers, who are already in short supply. Workers getting sidelined by illness could jeopardize crop yields and disrupt the food supply.

03/31/20

"If we don't work, they don't pay us"

03/31/20

The U.S. State Department on Thursday expanded the number of foreign agricultural workers whose visa applications can be processed without an in-person interview, The Capital Press reported. After suspending "non-essential" visa processing in Mexico because of the coronavirus outbreak, the agency said it would prioritize processing for returning H-2A workers whose visas expired within the last year by giving them an interview waiver.

03/31/20

Discounted early-bird registration ends Friday, May 29, 2020 with an entry cost of $65 per wine. After May 29, registration increases to $85 per wine. Registration closes Friday, June 5, 2020. The competition and judging take place June 17 and 18, 2020.

03/31/20

There's a right time for everything, and the right time for your social media communications crisis plan is now.

03/31/20

Bayer AG agreed to pay $39.5 million to settle allegations that its Monsanto unit ran misleading ads about the controversial Roundup weedkiller and its potential health risks to humans and animals.

03/31/20

Wineries endure work restrictions and slumping sales as the nation shuts down and the COVID-19 death toll rises.

03/31/20

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition is still set to welcome producers and buyers from all corners of the winemaking world to Amsterdam on 23 and 24 of November in Amsterdam, and the organisers hope it will "inspire a sector that is going to need more drive than ever."

03/31/20

Kersten will amplify Affinity's strategic offering to optimize clients' brand strategy, inform creative expression across the customer experience, and ensure achievement of business goals. Prior to joining Affinity, Kersten spent over a decade with the global brand consulting and design firm, Landor, in their San Francisco office, where he served in various leadership roles including strategy and client services.

03/31/20

Bacharach announces the MGS-402 gas detection controller for refrigerant, toxic and combustible gas detection applications. The system is designed for safety compliance in mechanical rooms, cold storage facilities, walk-in freezers, and cold room applications to -40° F/C.

03/31/20

$1 per order will be donated equally to the Napa Food Bank and Napa Valley Community Foundation, two organizations helping those in need, frontline health-care response teams and supporting Emergency Financial Assistance.

03/31/20

"Call 213-995-6090 for a good time," reads the strip of paper affixed to a glass wall with blue painter's tape. It's the smallest in a series of directive signs posted outside Tilda, a wine bar and shop in Echo Park, where employees strive to evoke an element of human connection in the contactless buying experience they're offering

03/31/20

the CARES Act "excludes undocumented immigrants from free testing, does nothing to expand health insurance protection to this community and excludes undocumented immigrants from the tax rebate. The decision to exclude many, including farmworkers working on the front line to ensure others have healthy and nutritious food while they lack access to health care, is not only immoral, it's bad policy."

03/31/20

"We hope our elected officials recognize that time is of the essence and their delays are only hurting an industry that has been besieged by COVID-19," the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) wrote in its daily update to members.

03/31/20

As Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte fights to hold Italian society together through a crippling nationwide lockdown, the depressed south is turning into a powder keg.

03/31/20

The Los Angeles County Health Department has started shutting down restaurants that have transformed themselves into pop-up grocery stores as a means to stay in business during the COVID-19 pandemic

03/31/20

To ensure winemaking and cellar activities continue, winemaking personnel remain onsite observing CDC social distancing recommendations. Leadership, administrative, and enterprise sales personnel continue to work from their home offices.

03/31/20

Discounted early-bird registration ends Friday, May 29, with an entry cost of $80 per spirit. Then registration increases to $90 per spirit and closes Friday, June 5. The competition and judging take place Tuesday, June 18 in Paso Robles.

03/31/20

"Our order takes a uniquely Arizona approach," Ducey said during a press conference. "It's a whole, holistic approach that prioritizes all of public health, placing a focus on staying home to slow the spread, staying healthy and active, and staying connected to provide the much needed support we can provide one another in these unprecedented times."

03/31/20

Keep up to date here with what is happening across the drinks and hospitality sectors in face of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world

03/31/20

The company famed for its Scotch is to supply about five million litres of ethanol over the next eight weeks for the production of hand sanitiser including in the US.

03/31/20

Walgreens has expanded drive-thru shopping in an effort to promote social distancing amid the COVID-19 crisis

03/31/20

"We want to help the On Trade to fight back against Covid-19 and to keep trading. If just one business stays open as a result of LOCAL, then we will have succeeded," a statement said

03/31/20

"Uncorked," written and directed by Prentice Penny, premieres today and tells the story of a young man named Elijah (played by Mamoudou Athie) who aspires to become a master sommelier. Standing in his way, however, is the family business, a barbecue restaurant, started by his grandfather and now run by his father (Courtney B. Vance)

03/31/20

The introduction of Chianti's Gran Selezione classification was controversial, but it's starting to work, our US editor reports.

03/31/20

South African drinks giant Distell has shuttered its premium wine division Libertas Vineyards and Estates after little more than a year. Launched as a standalone company in January 2019 to drive growth in Distell's premium wine brands, among them the hugely successful Nederburg, Libertas will now be reintegrated back into the wider business.

03/31/20

No lockdown, no quarantines, just voluntary advice and a big dose of hope

03/31/20

The Federal Reserve is intervening once again to try to smooth out the world's lending markets, this time by lending dollars to other central banks in exchange for Treasurys

03/31/20

A network of community banks and financial institutions across the country is gearing up to implement one of the most ambitious economic relief programs in U.S. history as small businesses across the country weather coronavirus and its economic fallout.