Food industry push to hide new enzyme ‘stinks to high heaven’ – activist: Activists have expressed alarm at a growing push by the food industry to hide new enzymes in everyday food products. Australia’s food regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, is currently considering an industry application to use a new protein-glutaminase to process food.
Amazon Dealt a Distribution Blow: Amazon’s entry into the wine business looks like a giant blimp of doom for local wine shops. However, like the Hindenburg, it may have run into an unexpected snag. With its purchase last month of Whole Foods, Amazon seemed to have suddenly gained the ability to sell – and deliver – wine in most of the 42 states with a Whole Foods grocery store. Amazon has thrashed small independent retailers in many fields, but a successful strategy for selling wine had always been elusive for it because each state’s laws are different.
Ventoux — the next hot thing: Ventoux must be one of the southern French appellations that has changed most in the past 20 years. The name has shortened for a start, from a tentative Côtes du Ventoux to the proud single word, one that has such resonance for cyclists and armchair followers of the Tour de France. You can see the testing cone that is Mont Ventoux from miles around and the local vignerons make much of the cooling influence of this landmark, by far the highest mountain in western Provence.