Napa kicks off another "classic" harvest →
Napa valley wineries say their harvest is beginning on time with an average to above-average crop. They report no significant problems from heat spikes, rain, hail, insects, or other issues, and they anticipate this year to be a highly lucrative vintage.
Dispute over Canadian wine sales on the table at NAFTA talks →
NAFTA discussions continue, with the U.S. arguing that the move to only allow British Columbia wines to be sold in the province’s local grocery stores is discriminatory, and that restrictions on listings, cost-of-service mark-ups, maximum or minimum price points, distribution policies, and other regulations to sell liquor in Canadian stores present obstacles for the U.S.
JF Hillebrand acquires Sidekick to deliver last mile logistics in California →
JF Hillebrand, an international logistics service provider specifically for beer, wine, and spirits, acquired Sidekick Delivery, a last mile delivery company that specializes in wine and craft beers. The deal enables JF Hillebrand to expand its beverage logistics offerings with a last mile logistics solution in California.
Three former Peju Province employees sued for alleged computer fraud and "breach of duty" →
Peju Province Winery of Rutherford is suing three former employees for allegedly deleting proprietary data after learning their boss, then Peju president Abdullah Vural, was about to be fired, according to a civil complaint filed in Napa.