A Good Year for Wine

The wine industry outperformed spirits and beer with a 4.6% rate of volume growth in 2011, the largest percent gain in adult beverage, according to Technomic’s recently released 2012 WineTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report, which projects another industry-leading year in 2012. In total, the wine industry expanded in 2011 to reach 329.2 million nine-liter…

RJR Sues E-Cig Maker

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has filed a lawsuit against electronic cigarette maker SAS Technologies, accusing the company of infringing on its Camel and Winston brands, reported The Business Journal. SAS Technologies does business as SaveASmoker.com and promotes and sells flavored liquid nicotine products for use with its MaxxVapor Pro e-cigarettes. The lawsuit was filed last…

Franchise Owners Cautious

Franchise business owners say they are less likely to expand following the Nov. 6 elections, according to a survey of franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers. The survey, held during a Nov. 7 telephone town hall meeting of nearly 1,800 International Franchise Association (IFA) members, reaffirms that new franchise business formation for 2012 is down from…

Trade Groups Issue Digital Coupon Guidelines

The Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and National Grocers Association have released free guidelines designed to promote model practices in digital couponing and reduce the incidence of coupon fraud. Produced by the Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC), Voluntary Guidelines for Digital Coupons shares model digital coupon practices in order to promote a positive experience…

Counterfeit 5-hour Energy Discovered

Living Essentials LLC, distributor of 5-hour Energy shot, has discovered counterfeit 5-hour Energy products circulating in the marketplace. The company acted swiftly to identify and halt the counterfeiting operation, filed lawsuits in U.S. Federal District courts in both California and New York, and executed court orders that have permitted it to seize large quantities of…

Foiled—Literally—Again

Tinfoil thievery—where criminals use the foil to block satellite dish reception—is back in Michigan and Illinois, Oil Express reports. The Michigan Petroleum Association is warning retailers of the scam, in which one person uses a bad credit card to start fueling and distracts employees, while another climbs onto the station’s rooftop to wrap the satellite…

70% of Shoppers Purchase Gluten Free

In a recent SupermarketGuru.com poll, a sweeping majority (71%) had purchased gluten-free (GF) foods within the past three months, and 54% expect to continue to regularly buy GF foods. Most believe consumers are buying gluten-free products because they believe they are healthier, but the Lempert Report found that the top five reasons reported by the consumer…