Specialty Food Magazine

Spring 2019

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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& A look at the events, issues, and innovations shaping specialty food, plus industry news, trends, and more. trends happenings EPIC WINE LIBRARY COLLECTION GROWS The institution known as the greatest wine library in the world is only getting better with age. Recently, two of the most influential wine writers alive today donated their entire collections to UC Davis University Library's already substantial collection, which focuses on the work of wine writers. Hugh Johnson, author of the World Atlas of Wine, bequeathed his archive of nearly 60 years of wine-book writing, followed by British wine writer Jancis Robinson donating 40 years' worth of papers. In addition, Napa grape grower, winemaker, land preservationist, and philanthropist Warren Winiarski gave the library a $3.3 million gift, which MacKenzie Smith, university librarian and vice provost of digital scholarship at UC Davis, says, "will further build the wine writers' collection and make these works more accessible to researchers and the public." She adds, "The wine writer collection can be used not only as a lens through which to understand the evolution of wine, but also, as Mr. Winiarski envisions, a resource to improve the very making of wine." Eco-Friendly, Edible Six Pack Rings Taking biodegradability one step farther, SaltWater Brewery, in partnership with E6PR, an environmental startup, is offering its edible, compostable, and completely biodegradable six-pack rings to other craft breweries. Florida-based SaltWater Brewery has used the rings since 2013, and now the partnership allows it to begin operations with a limited group of craft breweries and, as production grows, expand its reach. The E6PR (Eco Six Pack Ring) is made from byproduct waste and other organic compostable materials, which means that if it were ingested by wildlife, it wouldn't harm the animals. This is a monumental step toward helping heal ocean life. Although plas- tic rings have been naturally degradable since the late 80s, they still could cause harm to wildlife if ingested and take weeks to break down. Another benefit is that when disposed of in a com- postable facility, the E6PR rings degrade in days; when left out in open land or a water system, they break down in less than 200 days, depending on the ecosystem. PHOTO: E6PR 14 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com

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