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Rotting Grapes Cut French Wine Outlook

France cut its outlook for wine production for a fourth time after botrytis rot due to wet weather caused grape losses in Bordeaux and Burgundy, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms. (Bloomberg)

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East Africa Gets First Whisky Festival

Kenya Breweries Limited has unveiled East Africa’s first whisky festival, a unique celebration of the world of whisky, with the aim to grow whisky sales. The drive comes at a time when Kenya is experiencing a rapidly growing middle-class accompanied by a shift of consumer preferences for beverages. (Standard Digital)

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Coke to Invest More Than $4 Billion in China

Coca-Cola Co. plans to invest more than $4 billion in China from 2015 to 2017 as it builds factories and adds new products to meet demand and counter rising competition. The Atlanta-based company is also open to acquisitions in China and may consider deals with complementary businesses, such as makers of juices or plant-protein drinks like almond milk, David Brooks, president of Coca-Cola’s Greater China and Korea business unit, said in an Nov. 6 interview in Shanghai. (Bloomberg)

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No Stop Lights, but a Vodka Distillery

The Port Chilkoot Distillery is the latest addition to Alaska’s budding micro-distillery industry, joining tiny Ursa Major in Fairbanks; Bare Distillery, the makers of Truuli Vodka in Anchorage; High Mark in Sterling, and the largest and oldest, Alaska Distillery (formerly Glacier Creek) in Wasilla, which uses melted glacial ice in their vodka. (Alaska Dispatch)

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As Sales Slow, Jamba Juice Turns to Machines

The smoothie chain is hoping to see improvement from something it calls “JambaGo,” a self-serve machine that can be installed in cafeterias, schools, and convenience stores. Jamba Juice makes money by selling the prepackaged, pre-blended smoothie ingredients to JambaGo vendors, like a soda maker selling syrup to the owner of a soda fountain. The advantages: Jamba doesn’t need to build a store and the labor costs are much lower compared with hiring staff to concoct made-to-order drinks. (Business Week)

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