Exclusive: RNDC and Young’s Join Forces, Creating an $11 Billion Powerhouse With A 33-Market Footprint

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC), the U.S. market’s second-largest spirits and wine distributor, is joining forces with fourth-ranked Young’s Market Co. Pending regulatory approval, the two sides will form a joint venture to operate in all markets where Young’s is now present. The RNDC-Young’s combination will create an $11 billion wholesale giant with a 33-market…

The Big Food Brands Eyeing Marijuana Moves

Calvin Hughes // www.civilized.life // May 19, 2019 As cannabis becomes increasingly normalized, big-name food brands are getting in on the trend. Legal weed is big business these days. The industry pulled in $12.2 billion globally last year by some estimates, and profits are expected to continue seeing masive growth over the next couple of…

Frito-Lay Reveals Summer Snack Index

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, summer is America’s busiest snacking season By NACS Online // May 24, 2019 The summer season is packed with snacks. To explore just where, when and how Americans will snack this summer, Frito-Lay has unveiled the next installment of its U.S. Snack Index. Snacks play an integral role in…

Philip Morris Envisions Smokeless Future

The COO said the company would eventually quit nicotine, as well By NACS Online // May 24, 2019 Philip Morris International has a vision for the future, and it doesn’t include cigarettes, FOX Businessreports. COO Jacek Olczak told FOX’s Stuart Varney that the company will “absolutely 100%” going smokeless. “We can un-smoke consumers—we can un-smoke…

Organics Sales Top $50 Billion in U.S.

Sales are accelerating quicker than nonorganics, but the overall organic growth rate is easing. By NACS Online // May 22, 2019 WASHINGTON—U.S. organic sales are still growing faster than the general market, topping $50 billion for the first time in 2018, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the Minneapolis Star Tribunereports. “Organic is now…

How Sulfites Affect a Wine’s Chemistry

Wine professionals discuss sulfur’s impact on everything from oxidation to aromatic compounds and texture By Rémy Charest // SevenFifty // May 16, 2019 The emergence of natural wine and the strong viewpoints that sometimes come with it-or against it-have generated endless arguments about sulfite additions and their effects on wine. Chemistry may be more useful…

‘Who has this much kombucha?’ Pete’s Fresh Market charts ambitious suburban expansion

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz// Chicago Tribune Stephanie Dremonas was about a year out of college when her dad, Pete’s Fresh Market co-founder James “Jimmy” Dremonas, called with a proposition. “He said, ‘Are you done pushing paper?’” said Dremonas, who at the time was working at Mid-America Real Estate Group after graduating from Marquette University with a…