Sweet news: Frey in N America, Lindt wins Haribo dispute

A sad Easter for the Lindt bunny

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s largest chocolate company, Migros-owned Frey, has just acquired Sweetworks in Buffalo, New York and its sister firm Oak Leaf Confections in Toronto, Canada to increase its presence in North America, notably in northern US states and Canada. The deal is retroactive to 1 January and involves no changes in personnel or […]

Vaud approves CHF2.5 for wine tourism

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – In a first for Switzerland, a cantonal council has approved a budget and programme for wine tourism. The Grand Conseil in Vaud Tuesday 1 April unanimously adopted a five-year CHF2.5 million budget that will help develop a wine tourism project. Top priorities are training people in other businesses to be familiar with […]

Deadline for Swiss reds wine class


MORGES, SWITZERLAND – There are still places for the tasting session I’ll be leading Friday 4 April at the Arvinis wine fair, “Sensory pleasure of Swiss reds”. Please register by 10:00 Thursday to allow me to organize the wines. The CHF65 class fee covers your entry (CHF30). You’ll have plenty of time to taste the […]

Hand-holding for the Arvinis wine fair


Republished from Ellen’s Wine World, my new web site dedicated to Swiss wines LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Arvinis wine fair opens Wednesday evening 2 April and will pull in several thousand people before it closes Monday night 7 April. The sheer quantity of wine, some 2,500 from around the world at 150 stands, can be […]

Swiss fish consumption soars


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss ate 9.1 kg of fish and seafood in 2013, a new record, and 6 percent more than they were eating 25 years ago. Virtually all of the fish is imported, 98 percent. The figures were published 25 March by the WWF, which recommends that Swiss consumers buy less fish and […]

Arvinis kicks off Swiss spring wine tastings


Reposted from Ellen’s Wine World, your source of information about Swiss wines, where I’ll be giving away some 1/2-price tickets to Arvinis later this week. 2-7 April in Morges Ellen’s Wine World: “Sensory pleasure of Swiss reds” LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The wine-tasting spring and summer season begins next week with the now-established tradition of the […]

WHO recommends sharp sugar cuts

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization is recommending that adults consume no more than about 25 grams of sugar (roughly 6 teaspoons) a day, limiting intake to 5 percent of total calories consumed, a figure that has not been seen in many parts of the industrialized world since the 1800s (source: Planetoscope) The new […]

Perfect Swiss cheese: rent a raclette machine


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cheese is in the air! It’s high season for cheese fondue and raclette in Switzerland, and if you love the idea but don’t have the gear, Swiss Milk, the national cheese office, is happy to rent you what you need and send it to your house. While we’re on the subject of […]

Burgundy winemaker taken to court over insecticide refusal

Republished from Ellen’s Wine World GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -  Wine producers in Switzerland are carefully watching a courthouse in Burgundy, just a small mountain range (Jura) away, where French winemaker Emmanuel Giboulot appeared before a Dijon judge Monday 24 February. Giboulet is accused of not following an agriculture department order issued to all wine grape growers […]

Wine fraud investigated in Vaud

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Kursner brothers in Féchy are reportedly the victims of a wine fraud in canton Vaud, where at least two grape growers and possibly four are under investigation for selling them illegal “moût” (must), the grape juice from which wine is made. The wine producer being investigated has told local journalists that […]