Suntory Ltd. is to enter the fast-growing wine market in China by releasing two selections, “Ganhong Putaojiu (‘dry red’)” and “Gaoji Ganhong Putaojiu (‘superior dry red’),” under “Suntory – Li Ang Zhuang Yuan” brand in Shanghai area, starting Friday 17 September 2004.
New Summer Seedless Black Grape Developed
September 17, 1998, A tasty new black seedless grape from Agricultural Research Service plant breeders should appear in supermarkets within the next few years. The grape ripens in mid to late August, making it ideal for late-summer snacks or salads.
The sweet, firm fruit will give shoppers an alternative to Ribier black grapes, which ripen about the same time but contain seeds. Now known only as B74-99, the new grape is the latest from ARS’ grape breeding team at the Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, Fresno, Calif. ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief research arm.
ARS fruit breeder David Ramming and technician Ronald Tarailo developed the first B74-99 vines and put them through rigorous field tests over the past 5 years in research and commercial vineyards in California.
Ramming plans to talk about the work at this afternoon’s 75th anniversary celebration of the ARS grape breeding program at the Fresno laboratory. The researchers are expected to name the new variety soon. They will make cuttings available to breeders and commercial nurseries in 1999. California Table Grape Commission helped fund the research.
Other grapes from the Fresno lab’s breeding program include Flame Seedless, America’s top red seedless grape; Crimson Seedless, a crunchy red grape for fall; and DOVine, a dry- on-the-vine raisin grape for machine harvesting.
Some of these grapes, including B74-99, were produced through conventional breeding, using pollen from one parent grapevine to fertilize the flowers of another. Others were produced by embryo rescue, a sophisticated technique in which the Fresno team is regarded as the world leader.
In grape embryo rescue, scientists excise tiny developing seeds of a promising grape from the fruit, then nurture the seeds in petri dishes. Embryo rescue has sped development of new seedless grapes because it enables scientists to rescue embryos that, in nature, would probably not survive.
http://ucanr.org/sites/intvit/Viticultural_Information/index.cfm?uid=231&ds=351 for more information and it’s good to see more viticultural work happening, and the new name is Summer Royal.
Canadian brewer Molson has outlined a tentative timetable for its proposed merger with the U.S. brewer Adolph Coors
Food & Drink Weekly, Oct 4th, 2004
E-mail Print Link Canadian brewer Molson has outlined a tentative timetable for its proposed merger with the U.S. brewer Adolph Coors. It said it hopes to close the deal by December 27. The first step in the shareholder approval process was accomplished on September 17 with the filing by Coors of a preliminary proxy circular with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the U.S.
Assuming the Proxy Circular is cleared by the SEC and becomes final by mid-November, the procedure for the plan of arrangement proposal will then be submitted to the Quebec Superior Court for an interim ruling. Molson said it hopes to hold a special meeting for shareholders in the week of December 13. This will be followed by the final order from the Quebec Superior Court (assuming it has got shareholder approval) in the week of December 20th.
TORONTO (CP) – Premier Dalton McGuinty will announce a new plan Sunday(17th September, 2006) to have consumers pay a deposit on liquor and wine bottles at LCBO stores and return them to Beer Stores for refunds.
McGuinty says it’s no longer a matter of whether there will be deposits charged on liquor and wine bottles in Ontario, but when, adding it’s “an idea whose time has clearly come.”
The premier has refused to comment on reports consumers would get the deposits on liquor and wine bottles back by returning them to Beer Stores, which already operate a successful deposit-return system for beer bottles and cans.
But McGuinty has an announcement scheduled for Sunday morning at the Beer Store distribution centre in Brampton, where sources say he will unveil the new plan.
Unlike the beer bottles which are returned to be refilled, the clear liquor and wine bottles will be separated from the coloured bottles so they can be recycled into glass products…