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Wine exports grow, much of them from Modesto area. Which countries bought the most?

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Wine exports from the United States jumped 10.6% in value in 2021, reversing a four-year decline, an industry group said Monday.

The total reached $1.44 billion despite tariffs, COVID-19 and other challenges, the Wine Institute reported.

The San Francisco-based group represents California wineries, which account for about 95% of U.S. exports. Much of the volume comes from the Modesto area.

The value hit a record high of $1.61 billion in 2016, then dropped each year to $1.29 billion by 2020.

Export volume has dropped over the past decade amid a general rise in value, reaching 89.4 million gallons in 2021. This reflects a shift toward higher-priced bottles from Napa and other premium regions.

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These Are The Only States Where Dunkin’ Fans Can Try Its New Add-Ins

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From its salted caramel cold foam to mocha swirl, Dunkin' has a handful of customization options for those who simply don't want to order their coffee straight off the menu. But just when you think Dunkin' can't offer more — they do. The chain has released three add-ins: Antioxidant, Prebiotic, and Extra Charged (via Elite Daily). And these liquid "Boosters" add exactly the benefit they are each named for. 

The Antioxidant and Prebiotic add-ins are definitely more health-oriented, with the Antioxidant providing customers with Vitamin E and zinc, and the Prebiotic aiding in digestion, thanks to it containing soluble fiber. And though Dunkin' has had beverages in the past that have extra caffeine (cue the Extra Charged Coffee and the Energy Cold Brew), just a pump of the Extra Charged Booster in a drink will give it a 20% extra boost.

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‘A double-edged sword’: Delivery apps helped Modesto restaurants survive the pandemic

in Food/Food & Drinks

After navigating the closings, openings, supply shortages and staffing issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, local restaurants and retailers are emerging with a changed relationship with their customers.

Part of that change, particularly for restaurants, has been the rise of third party delivery apps. In the Central Valley, restaurants and grocers embraced the convenience of no-contact takeout and delivery option services like DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats.

New data from the University of California, Riverside shows that app-based delivery services greatly boosted Central Valley restaurants, grocers and merchants across the region.

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in Food & Drinks

Like you have probably noticed, beer is pretty hot right now. In fact, many restaurants in San Francisco are working hard to show beer the same respect as wine on their drinks lists, and hiring cicerones (like sommeliers, but for beer) to develop their beer lists. 

Microbreweries continue to pop up all over town, and many of them are just as focused on pairing their beer with food. Here are some new places in SF for enjoying the fresh wave of beer, from breweries to beer-focused restaurants, and more.

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Celebration of Baja California wine and shellfish coming to California

in Events/Food/Food & Drinks

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The Mexican Consulate in San Diego is bringing a little bit of Baja California’s Guadalupe Valley north of the border, specifically its world-renowned wines and shellfish.

The Baja Wine & Shellfish Fest is geared toward Americans from Southern California who have yet to venture to the Guadalupe Valley just south of Tijuana near the border.

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It started with a pop-up table. Now Modesto farmers market favorite has its own cafe

in Food/Food & Drinks

Jamie Griswold started with a pop-up table and a love for coffee.

In fact, her plucky pop-up the Culture Coffee Bar was one of the first new ventures I wrote about when I returned to writing the Business Beat in 2017. Then, that humble table turned into a 16-foot trailer, which has been a staple at the Modesto Certified Farmers Market since 2020.

Now, some five years after she first stood outside her former gym with two large coffee carafes, the Downey High graduate has completed her journey and opened her first brick-and-mortar cafe.

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Food truck park proposed for downtown Turlock

in Food/Food & Drinks

Over three acres of food and fun could soon be coming to downtown Turlock as Torre Reich Construction has submitted to the City plans for a new food truck park.

The construction company is spearheading plans to develop two parcels at 576 S. Center St. and 590 S. Golden State Blvd. so that they can host food trucks, live entertainment, retail vendors and more — a project called Trax Food Park.

Torre Reich Construction project coordinator Jenn Weenk said the proposed project came from a desire to provide another family-friendly entertainment facility in Turlock.

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Downtown Modesto gets sweeter. Owners of popular restaurant to open next-door bakery

in Food/Food & Drinks
The owners of Food Fix Butcher & Baker in downtown Modesto are taking over the former Barkin’ Dog restaurant space to build a new bakery. Photographed in Modesto, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. ANDY ALFARO AALFARO@MODBEE.COM

They met in a bakeshop and now they’re going to own one.

Husband-and-wife team Hank and Ashley Olson have come a long way since they met at their culinary school bakeshop. Now, a dozen years, four children, one food truck and a restaurant later, they’re about to accomplish their shared culinary dreams together.

Seven years ago, they started humbly, opening the Food Fix Truck painted bright orange in what would become their signature color. The truck became a hit on Modesto streets, attracted celebrity endorsements with visits from famous TV chefs like Alton Brown and even was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Four years later, the Olsons took the next step, a big one, and opened Food Fix Butcher & Baker on 11th Street in the heart of downtown Modesto. The brick-and-mortar restaurant, ironically built in the hull of a failed bakery-restaurant combo, was another labor of love the two embarked on together.

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Dust Bowl Brewing Releases Taco Truck Lime

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Turlock, California — Dust Bowl Brewing Co. announces the release of Taco Truck Lime, a crisp Mexican lager with a hint of lime and sea salt. This year-round beer joins an already popular line-up of Taco Truck Lager and Taco Truck Amber, which were first introduced in 2016. Easy-drinking at 4.7% ABV, Taco Truck Lime is available in 12oz cans / six packs and 12 packs as well as draft / 5.2 and 15.5 gallon kegs.

“The lime variation has always been a great seller in our taprooms on draft, so it just seemed like a natural decision to put it in cans and add it to the popular Taco Truck line-up,” shares Don Oliver, Brewmaster. “The addition of lime and sea salt creates a flavor profile that resonates with Mexican lager fans. The initial response has been impressive and we’ve already ordered another truckload of cans after just a few weeks in the market.”

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High demand leading to increased milk production

in business/Food & Drinks

Stanislaus County offers an abundance of agriculture offerings with dairy routinely a top producer and last year, both milk and alternative milks saw a marked increase in consumption among consumers. 

The second-highest valued commodity in the 2020 Stanislaus County Agriculture Report was milk and it contributed more value than it did in 2019. It was an increase in value by $128 million compared to 2019. Milk accounts for 20 percent of the county’s total commodity value, while it accounted for 17 percent in 2019.

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