While wineries in Napa report a classic harvest, Peju Province in Rutherford is suing three employees for allegedly deleting proprietary information. NAFTA talks continue as the U.S. discusses alleged unfair Canadian law requirements to sell liquor, and in California, JF Hillebrand, an international logistics service provider for beer and spirits, acquires Sidekick, a last mile logistics company. This is the news we’re thinking about here at SevenFifty Daily.

August 9, 2017
1. Wine Searcher

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.

2. The Star

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.


3. Ajot

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.