As a pack of sports utility vehicles jostles in the parking lot of Ghana’s flagship KFC restaurant, Venkataraman Balakrishnan is putting in orders to make sure the Yum! Brands Inc.-owned fast-food chain won’t run out of chicken.
Chateau Haut-Bailly, a top-ranked estate in Bordeaux’s Graves wine region, said yields for the 2013 vintage were “exceptionally low” after spring rain delayed flowering and following “strict” grape selection.
Domaine Clarence Dillon SAS, owner of Bordeaux wine estates Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, said yields for the 2013 vintage fell as much as 43 percent on poor flowering and grape rot.
The patchwork of tiny rice paddies that have decorated the terraced hillsides and alluvial plains of Japan for centuries is under threat as the government presses aging farmers to consolidate holdings or switch crops.