‘Wining’ down at Walgreens in Brooklyn
NEW YORK — Wine with an evening meal outdoors is one of the great pleasures of summer, and with summer officially beginning this week, this Walgreens store in Brooklyn is making sure customers have everything they need.
Many people enjoy a crisp white or sparkling wine on the beach or in their backyards under the hot sun, and this Walgreens’ store on Avenue J in Brooklyn is selling a small array of wines — under New York state law, only officially licensed liquor stores can carry a full selection, though supermarkets have lobbied to change the law — as well as corkers, foil cutters and a handy product for removing red wine stains.
The United States is the world’s largest wine consumer, surpassing even France last year, according to The Wine Institute, a trade group representing California wine producers. Domestic and foreign producers shipped nearly 330 million cases in 2010, a 2% increase over 2009, with a total retail value of $30 billion. This included sparkling wines such as champagne, whose sales fell from 13.8 billion cases in 2007 to 13.8 billion in 2008 before rebounding to 13.9 billion in 2009 and then 15.4 billion in 2010. California white and rosé wines made with such grapes as chardonnay, zinfandel, Riesling and Muscat saw large increases in sales as well, as did red wines with grape varieties, such as pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.
ESI makes smartphone, accessories cases delicious
NEW YORK — ESI Cases and Accessories is encouraging consumers to get a whiff of the company’s Jelly Belly candy-scented smartphone and accessories cases.
Through its new product catalog, the company unveiled accessories for iPhone, iPod, Blackberry and gaming devices that smell like Jelly Belly jelly bean candies. The gel cases are available in five scents, including Very Cherry, Licorice, Blueberry, Strawberry Cheesecake and Berry Blue.
ESI products are available at various retailers, including Kmart and Amazon.com.
Winn-Dixie donates more than 6 million meals through food recovery program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After piloting a food recovery program in 2009 and expanding it to all of its stores last year, Winn-Dixie announced Monday that it has provided more than 6 million meals to the affiliate food banks of Feeding America.
The grocer partners with local Feeding America affiliate food banks in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, donating perishable items that reach their "sell by" date but are still usable and nutritious to feed the hungry, Winn-Dixie said.
“Food banks continue to see requests for help from many families who are struggling to provide three square meals a day,” Winn-Dixie group VP marketing Mary Kellmanson said. “At Winn-Dixie, our goal is to be at the heart of our neighborhoods, and that’s why we created the food recovery program — to ease the stress on the food banks and to help provide better nutrition to families who need it the most.”