Alert, Constellation Chief Rob Sands Stepping Down
FILED OCTOBER 17, 2018 After 11 years at the helm, Constellation Brands chief Rob Sands will be stepping down, effective March 1, 2019 and current president and coo Bill Newlands will take his place, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read More
Distilled Spirits Council Names Chris Swonger New Chief
FILED OCTOBER 17, 2018 The Distilled Spirits Council has a new chief. Industry veteran Chris Swonger will take the helm of the organization, effective November 12, relieving interim chief Clarkson Hine of his duties. You'll recall, the DSC began looking for a replacement for Kraig Naasz earlier this year, who left the spirits industry to rejoin his partners at Washington2 Advocates in the Pacific Northwest [see WSD 04-27-2018]. Read More
Kroger Dives into Wine Delivery
FILED OCTOBER 16, 2018 To stay relevant in the changing retail environment, grocers have been beefing up the e-commerce and delivery side of their businesses. The most recent announcement comes from Kroger, which has partnered with Los Angeles-based wine delivery service Drinks Holdings Inc. to offer home wine delivery in 14 states, reports Bloomberg. Read More
On-Premise Spending Accelerates in 2018
FILED OCTOBER 15, 2018 Recently consumer spending on-premise had bucked its long-term trend of growing faster than off-premise, but it looks to be increasing again with on-premise spending growing almost twice as fast as off-premise in the year through August, according to a recent BW166 report. Read More
Pernod Seeks Court Guidance on Wisc. Franchise Law
FILED OCTOBER 12, 2018 Pernod Ricard has initiated a distributor change in Wisconsin, but it's current distributor, Saratoga Liquor Co., isn't making it easy since Wisconsin is a franchise state. To get out of its contract--and avoid a lawsuit later--Pernod has asked the District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin to weigh in on the matter. Read More
Part I: A History of Spirits and Sports Partnerships
FILED OCTOBER 11, 2018 Another year of big league sports is starting up again and our inbox is flooding with new spirits partnership announcements, which got your editors thinking about this increasingly popular advertising medium. Read More
How Blurred Categories Will Change the Beverage Industry
FILED OCTOBER 10, 2018 We've previously discussed that the divide between the three alcohol categories is slowly blurring, but a new report from Rabobank suggests category blurring will go beyond just alcohol. In fact, crossover products are estimated to increase their share of global RTD beverage volume nearly three times between 2005 and 2025. Read More
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