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Amazon.com begins selling wine online

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — People looking for a nice red or white to go with dinner might be able to find it online.

Amazon.com announced Thursday the launch of Amazon Wine, which will feature more than 1,000 wines from wineries around the country, and offer information such as details on tasting notes, food-pairing recommendations and total case production.

"Whether it’s helping customers find a favorite varietal, shop for holiday pairings or expand their cellar with a special handcrafted bottle, we’re excited to provide the right tools and information needed to guide them to the perfect wine," Amazon Marketplace VP Peter Faricy said. "We’re thrilled for wineries around the country to share their great collections of wines with our customers through the Amazon Wine Store."

Starting Thursday, customers can ship up to six bottles for $9.99. Shipping is currently available to California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, and the company said it plans to ship to more states in the near future. Wines available range from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2011 Rosso & Bianco red blend Rosso, for $12, to the Hall 2009 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, for $110.

 

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NCA’s Confectionary Foundation establishes Rockaway Disaster Relief Fund to help the hurricane-damaged community

BY Rebecca Haughey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Confectioners Association’s Confectionary Foundation has established the Rockaway Disaster Relief Fund to help aid in the recovery of the community after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast.

Rockaway Peninsula in Long Island, in the New York City borough of Queens, saw water rise as high as 7 feet last monday, and many homes washed completely away or reduced to rubble. Rockaway Beach is home to one of NCA’s long-standing and valued members, Madelaine Chocolate. Jorge Farber, president and CEO of Madelaine, has agreed to serve as executor of the new Fund.

"Jorge is on the ground in the community and will have a deep understanding of how our donations can best be used by various local organizations," said NCA president Larry Graham. "There are many people trying to help the community, but the needs are tremendous at this time and our donations will make a difference to the local police and fire departments, food banks and community shelters."

Companies or individuals can assist with these hurricane recovery efforts can make a financial contribution to NCA’s Confectionary Foundation, to assist a community that is home to members of the confectionary industry. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of the funds will directly benefit the Rockaway Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 14.

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Coach K named keynote speaker for 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo

BY Rebecca Haughey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coach K, the highest winning coach in NCAA Division One basketball, was named the keynote speaker for the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is hosted by the National Confectioners Association on May 21-23 in Chicago.

As head coach of Duke University’s Blue Devils for more than 30 years, Coach K has made a career of motivating people, on and off the court. He was named "America’s Best Coach" of all coaches, in any sport, at any level of play in 2001 by TIME magazine and CNN.

Coach K led the U.S. men’s basketball team to their second consecutive gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He has led Duke to four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 13 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and an NCAA-record 12 30-win seasons.

At the 2013 Sweet & Snacks Expo, Coach K will share his secrets to achieving victory through successful leadership.

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