• In Kentucky, the Courier-Journal reports that Publix Super Markets announced that it will open a second store in the state in the Louisville market: "In September, it announced it plans to open its first store in Kentucky in Jefferson County, at Terra Crossing Boulevard and Old Henry Road, near Middletown, in the fourth quarter of 2023." The second store is expected to open in Q1 2024.
Kentucky is the eighth state in which Publix will have operations; it currently has more than 1,200 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
• USA Today reports that Barefoot Wine and Mondelēz International-owned Oreos are teaming up for a wine-and-cookie promotion, a small-batch release called Barefoot x Oreo Thins Red Blend Wine.
According to the story, "The wine will be available starting Thursday for $24.99, while supplies last, at BarefootWine.com/OREOTHINS. Each delivery order includes two bottles of the 750mL wine and a package of Oreo Thins cookies.
"The red blend includes 'flavors of chocolate and cookies and creme along with notes of oak,' the companies said, adding the wine was also crafted to be 'enjoyed together as a perfect pairing'."
• The New York Times reports that the government of New Zealand has unveiled a plan, expected to be passed into law next year, that essentially will result in the banning of smoking from the country.
Here's how it would work. The legislation "would leave current smokers free to continue buying cigarettes. But it would gradually raise the smoking age, year by year, until it covers the entire population. Starting in 2023, anyone under age 15 would be barred for life from buying cigarettes. So, for instance, in 2050 people 42 and older would still be able to buy tobacco products — but anyone younger would not."
To this point, New Zealand has been trying to address the smoking issue by raising taxes so that a pack of cigarettes now costs the equivalent of $20 (US). Leaders there say that they understand that the new age-centric regulations are likely to create a black market, but seem to believe that when combined with other initiatives - funding for addiction services, limitations on where the product can be sold, and a reduction in nicotine levels - these moves can virtually eliminate smoking in New Zealand.