These new systems have a cool factor that makes wine geeks go nuts. But the technology is for more than just show. Implementing these systems translates into more options for customers, cost savings for restaurant owners and environmental benefits for everyone.
By By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun
Howard Countians celebrating the Fourth of July at Columbia's Lakefront this year can complement classic Independence Day fare such as hot dogs and hamburgers with a low-calorie side of reduced-fat chips or a pack of vegetables ¿ and wash it all down with a Diet Coke.
Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations. With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has a lot to offer.
Carroll County has five wineries on its wine trail with Old Westminster being the newest. After Cygnus Winecellars opened its doors in 1996, the county has seen four wineries open in the last 10 years.
In a bid to boost recycling and reduce litter, a trio of lawmakers announced plans Monday to push for legislation that would levy a refundable nickel deposit on every beverage container sold in Maryland.
In an effort to establish a health-conscious, countywide health precedent, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman signed an executive order restricting county government departments from distributing beverages high in sugar on county-owned property or at county-sponsored events, programs or meetings.
By By Luke Lavoie and Kevin Rector and Baltimore Sun Media Group
The wine industry has witnessed a pendulum swing toward science and technology vs. tradition and time-honored practice. Today, practitioners of both schools of thought have found common ground. Both "disciplines" have learned from each other.
New security and audit measures added in recent years have helped the company achieve the highest rating from the Safety Quality Foods Institute, an international standards body. Around 150 milk processors across the country have the highest rating from the institute.
An increase to Baltimore's bottle tax – the linchpin of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to raise funds to renovate the city's decrepit school buildings—received preliminary approval from the City Council Monday, likely assuring the measure will become law.
Teachers, students, retailers and beverage industry lobbyists are preparing to make themselves heard Wednesday as the battle over raising Baltimore's bottle tax to fund school repairs moves to a skeptical City Council committee.
John Y. Crow, a retired salesman of dairy industry products and a decorated World War II veteran, died of pneumonia complications April 8 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Hospital. He was 89 and had lived in North Baltimore.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore schools chief Andres Alonso told legislators Friday that the city needs more flexibility in spending the school construction money it gets from the state – seeking a change that would let the school system take on many projects at once rather than seeking approval for one at a time.
Dairy farmers are an increasingly rare breed in Maryland, where such operations are disappearing at twice the national average. Nearly 65 percent of the state's dairy farmers have left the industry in the past 20 years, including 34 operations last year, according to the Dept. of Agriculture.