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Kroger launches online wine store and delivery service

Kroger may soon deliver wine to your front door.

Kroger has begun its soft launch of an online wine shopping and delivery serviceKroger Wine will be available in 13 states, as well as Washington, D.C., across Kroger Co. stores, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, QFC, Smith’s Food and Drug, Fry’s and City Market.

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According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the new offering is coming to the following markets first: Florida; New Hampshire; Oregon; Washington, D.C.; California; Idaho; Louisiana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; West Virginia; Virginia; and Wyoming. The company plans to add more states eventually, the Courier reported.

Customers can order wine sold in six to 12-bottle cases. Prices range from $69.99 to $99.99 for six bottles and $129.99 to $189.99 for 12 bottles. Shipping is free for orders more than $35.

>> On DaytonDailyNews.com: 7 major moves Kroger made in 2018

Kroger also will have a wine club, where participants can select reds, white or a mix of wines. The cases will be delivered every 13 weeks.

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Ready-to-eat salad recalled for possible salmonella, listeria 

Ready-to-eat salad with meat products that contain a corn ingredient have been recalled due to possible salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

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More than 700 pounds of salad products were recalled by a Green Cove Springs, Florida, establishment known as GHSE LLC.

The possible contamination was discovered Oct. 15 after the establishment received a notification that the corn used was recalled by their corn supplier due to concerns over salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.

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The recalled salad was shipped to stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA said. 

Details on the product recalled below:

  • The ready-to-eat salads with steak were produced from Oct. 11, 2018, through Oct. 14, 2018.
  • 15.25-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Marketside™ FIESTA SALAD WITH STEAK” and use by date from 10/17/2018 through 10/20/2018.
  • The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider. 

Climate change could cause beer shortage, scientists warn

Last week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that if governments don’t act on climate change within 12 years, there will be additional threats to the global environment.

>> On AJC.com: We have 12 years left to act on climate change, UN warns

Scientists have linked global warming to such environmental events as escalated intensity of hurricanes and melting Arctic ice. Now, a new study from climate researchers in the United States, China and Britain suggests a beer shortage is brewing due to climate change.

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The report, published in the journal Nature Plants, warns that drought and heat will impact barley production, though only 17 percent of the world’s barley is used for beer. But in the United States, Brazil and China, at least two-thirds of the barley goes into six-packs, drafts, kegs, cans and bottles.

>> On AJC.com: How climate change could cause 26,000 more US suicides by 2050

Using a process-based crop model and an economic model, the researchers examined the effects of heat waves and drought, not the general warming that will also affect where barley is grown.

That means beer prices on average would double, even adjusting for inflation. In countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple. Beer is currently the most popular alcoholic drink by volume consumed.

>> On AJC.com: Is chocolate really going extinct because of climate change?

“Although not the most concerning impact of future climate change, climate-related weather extremes may threaten the availability and economic accessibility of beer,” researchers wrote.

“Our aim is not to encourage people to drink more beer now,” study author Dabo Guan of Beijing’s Tsinghua University told the New York Times. “Climate change mitigation is the only way. Everybody in the world needs to fight.”

>> On AJC.com: Climate change will internally displace 143 million people by 2050, scientists warn

As The Associated Press reported: “If emissions of heat-trapping gases from the burning of coal, oil and gas continue at the current rising pace, the likelihood of weather conditions hurting barley production will increase from about once a decade before 2050 to once every other year by the end of the century.”

Read the full study at nature.com.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Burger King has fastest delivery time for drive-thru orders, study says

Want your fast food delivered fast in the drive-thru? A study released in the October issue of Quick Service Restaurant magazine indicates that in the United States, Burger King is your best bet.

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To “have it your way” at the drive thru required an average of 193.31 seconds, the magazine reported -- or 3 minutes, 13.31 seconds. 

Rounding out the top five in average time were Dunkin’ Donuts (200.74), KFC (218.95), Wendy’s (226.07) and Taco Bell (236.50), QSR reported.

McDonald's (273.29) was number 10 on the list, according to the magazine.

Speed of service times -- the time between an order being placed and a customer receiving it at the drive-thru window -- was 234 seconds, compared with 225 seconds in 2017, QSR reported.

According to the magazine, Wendy’s scored the best average time in 2002 when it only took 116 seconds to complete an order. At the time, the national average was 190 seconds.

Proceeds from 40-pound, $2,000 pizza will go to Hurricane Florence victims

40-pound pizza you can only find in New York City goes for $2,000.

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However, the owner of Champion Pizza said every penny he makes off the cheeseburger pie will go toward Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina.

>> On WSOCTV.com: GOP lawmakers say they're ready to OK $800M in Florence aid

The pizza has five layers and takes a lot of preparation.

It’s so big that at least two people have to load it into the oven, and the pizza has to be split in half to fit.

The pizza is sold at seven locations across New York City.

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"I wish or I hope like someone who likes pizza and makes $100,000 – you never know – maybe someone will buy that,” owner Hakki Akdeniz said.

Hershey's mixes two favorites in new candy bar

It is a match made in candy heaven.

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The Hershey Company is debuting a new candy bar that combines the company’s signature chocolate bar with Reese’s Pieces, and has found the perfect couple to celebrate the union, WHTM reported.

Hershey’s invited Craig Hirschey and Jenny Ries for a photo shoot at the company’s headquarters in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the television station reported.

The couple got engaged this year and will be married in February.

Undoubtedly, this couple has shared some kisses during their four-year courtship, and Hershey will document that love in its marketing campaign, WHTM reported.

The new candy bar will hit stores in November.

Indiana dad warns parents about mold in Capri Sun pouches

An Indiana father posted photos and a video on social media, warning parents to inspect their child’s juice pouches.

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Cameron Hardwick, of Columbus, said he found mold in a Capri Sun juice pouch he was about to give one of his children “as a treat” on Sept. 24. In a video he posted on Facebook, Hardwick said he noticed “something odd” about the Capri Sun pouch.

“It seems low in content, I take a closer look at the packaging and don't notice a hole or anything. So I shake it up some, only to find an unknown substance floating around in the package,” Hardwick says in the video. “To say we are irate would be an understatement.”

Capri Sun addresses the issue of mold on the frequently asked questions section of its website. Seven questions address the possibility of mold.

Addressing the question, “Will the mold make my child sick?” Capri Sun website reads, “The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand your concerns. That’s why we created our clear bottom pouches so you can check for mold before enjoying your Capri Sun, while still remaining committed to keeping our drinks free of artificial preservatives.”

“We care deeply about this issue and about the well-being of our moms, dads and kids,” reads the Capri Sun response to the question, “What are you doing to prevent mold in Capri Sun pouches?”“That's why we have invested millions of dollars in our packaging, quality and manufacturing processes to make our pouches even stronger and more resistant to air leaks. We recommend that parents gently squeeze each pouch to check for leaks before serving Capri Sun to their kids. Any leaky or punctured pouches should be discarded,” the site reported.

Hardwick used a Facebook post Monday to note that officials with Kraft, the parent company of Capri Sun, had reached out and sent a third party to visit him and collect the pouch for testing.

The results, he said, revealed a “micro-puncture" in the package, which allowed oxygen to enter the pouch and create the mold.

Capri Sun officials also answered Hardwick’s post:

“Thanks again, Cameron, for bringing this to our attention and sharing more information with others. Although it's rare, it is possible for mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your home. We understand it’s unpleasant, but the mold is naturally-occurring, just like if you left an apple on your counter for too long and mold begins to grow.”

Dunkin' Donuts, Harpoon Brewery launch coffee porter beer

Love beer? Love coffee? We have great news for you.

Two New England staples, Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin', have partnered up to bring you a new taste for fall: the Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter.

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Starting this week, beer and coffee lovers across the East Coast can enjoy the taste of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee combined with Harpoon's notable craft beer.

A balanced and smooth brew offering robust and roasty notes, Dunkin’ Coffee Porter was created by Harpoon as a tribute to all the days that Dunkin’ has helped the brew masters fire up the brew kettle.

At 6 percent ABV, Dunkin’ Coffee Porter is a malty tasting brew that has a smooth mouthfeel with aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.

Launched on Sept. 27 during Dunktoberfest, the aptly named introduction to Harpoon's annual Octoberfest event, beer lovers were able to taste the Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter a week before anyone else.

The new brew will be available throughout the fall, in both 12 oz. bottles and draft at select locations.

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“Our brands have such passionate, loyal fans, who start their busy day with a cup of Dunkin’ coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon’s famous craft beers," said Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ U.S. chief marketing officer. "We’re thrilled to now finally bring the two together, partnering with one of the most respected craft breweries in the country to offer coffee lovers and beer enthusiasts alike a classic new taste to celebrate the season.”

“Dunkin’ has been there for us since the early days when getting the brewery up and running required a lot of beer, and even more coffee,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the company that’s helped fuel our success than to create something special for our fans by combining the taste of their favorite morning brew with one of ours.”

To find the closest Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter to you, visit Harpoon Brewery's beer finder on their site here.

General Mills bringing back Trix Fruity Shapes cereal

Trix has been for kids since it debuted in 1954. After Baby Boomers grew up with the ball-shaped, pastel-colored cereal, the company switched to brightly colored, fruit-shaped morsels from 1991 to 2006.

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Now, Trix is returning to its fruity shapes after selling the original cereal for more than a decade, General Mills announced Monday. The bright colors came back last year, and the fruit shapes are returning soon, the company said in its blog

“After bringing back the bright colors, our fans have not stopped telling us what they want next,” Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for General Mills, said in the blog. “We have heard from an overwhelming number of Trix fans who have been calling, emailing and reaching out on social media telling us that they want fruity shapes back. Kids of the ’90s can rejoice, their fruity shapes are back in Trix.”

General Mills said the Classic Trix Fruity Shapes cereal will return nationally to store shelves sometime in the fall.

Company offering macaroni and cheese-flavored candy canes

Candy canes are going to have a cheesy twist this Christmas.

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Seattle-based Archie McPhee is selling macaroni and cheese-flavored candy canes, according to the company’s website.

The company’s website says the treat “will be a favorite of picky eaters.”

The candy cane will measure 5 ¼ inches in height and have yellow and white stripes.

"Macaroni and cheese has become a holiday family tradition in many parts of the country, so why not let our holiday candy reflect that?" the product description claims. “It’s like comfort food-flavored comfort food.”

A box of six canes sells for $4.95.

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