For the first time in seven years, the value of American wine exports dropped by 5.5% last year. Effective trade agreements between the US and other countries will be imperative in allowing exports to rise again, California's Wine Institute said.
Scottish distiller NB Gin has reached a deal to have two of its lines sold at Total Wine & More in the US. NB is on a quick growth path with plans for 24-hour production and to open a visitors center in Scotland's North Berwick, its namesake.
Three years of drought have become an economic threat to the prosperity of South Africa's Western Cape region, notably to the area's vineyards. Rationing and price increases have led to vines getting just enough water to stay alive, said winemaker Marlize Jacobs.
Eduardo Chadwick has helped his Chilean label, Vina Errazuriz, become one of the sales leaders in China as that country ramps up its wine imports, which increased 18% by value in 2017. "In the fine wine world, I think China for the next 10 years will be the only place to be," Chadwick said.
California's BevMo has been inviting frequent wine shoppers and rewards-program members to take part in blind taste tests. The results will prompt BevMo to stock about three-dozen new wines on its shelves.
Total Wine & More uses in-store video both to improve customer engagement and to keep staff members well-informed and engaged, says John Jordan, senior vice president. The company wants employees to be knowledgeable and passionate about what they're selling, Jordan said.
Fast casual and fine dining come together in increasingly trendy "fine-casual" concepts that serve chef-driven menus to guests who order and pay at the counter. The concepts offer consumers new culinary experiences along with the speed and convenience they want, and give chefs the chance to showcase their talents in eateries with lower real estate and labor costs, said NPD Group analyst Warren Solochek.
One way to better focus your business and strategic efforts is to ask employees how current efforts are going and what you can do better to help them succeed, writes Art Petty. Another way to bring in feedback is by developing a leadership charter that clearly states how you will lead others.
Feedback should look to help someone learn going forward and not simply be a list of criticisms, writes Shubha Apte. "Feedback can work wonders for continuous development and is often considered a gift for improvement," she writes.
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