Where are Consumers Drinking?
FILED MAY 4, 2016 As consumer brand loyalty continues to erode, the importance of winning occasions (and locations) has become critical and even the most predictable occasions are up for grabs these days. In 2015, at-home consumption was the most popular location for all three categories, but consumption outside of the home was greater for beer and spirits than it was for wine, according to The International Wine & Spirits Research's (IWSR) newly launched US Beverage Alcohol Review, which your editors managed to get our hands on early. Read More
Cubaexport Attempts to Discredit Bacardi's Latest Complaint
FILED MAY 3, 2016 You will recall, Bacardi and Cuban government entity Cubaexport are deadlocked in a tense fight over the rights to the Havana Club name in the US. On Friday, Cubaexport, who is partnered with Pernod Ricard to distribute Havana Club rum internationally, filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint from Bacardi, and if that doesn't work, they'll take a summary judgement. Read More
Alert, Sazerac Bolsters Irish Whiskey Portfolio with Paddy Acquisition
FILED MAY 3, 2016 Pernod Ricard affiliate Irish Distillers has entered into exclusive negotiations to sell the Paddy Irish Whiskey brand to Sazerac. Paddy is the 4th largest Irish whiskey brand in the world, selling 200,000 cases in 28 countries. Irish Distillers will continue to produce the brand at its Midleton Distillery and all employees would remain in place, per a release. Read More
Kroger Pivots on Category Management Plans
FILED MAY 2, 2016 Facing regulatory and industry pushback, Kroger Co. has decided not to partner with Southern Wine & Spirits for its bev alc planogram services. Recall, Kroger announced in October a new plan that would make SWS the primary coordinator of its entire adult beverage set [see WSD 10-27-2015] and have suppliers voluntarily pay for the service, a move both the TTB and its home state have insinuated would violate federal and state "tied house" laws [see WSD 02-11-2016]. Read More
You Can Go Your Own Way
FILED APRIL 29, 2016 The continued success of the independent spirits category has caused a near mass exodus of executives leaving corporations in order to build something for themselves. Today's issue of WSD features two industry veterans who are striking it out on their own, one to establish a new bourbon distillery and the other to build the Grey Goose of Italian gin. Read More
Spirits Council Shifts Efforts from Oregon to Colorado
FILED APRIL 28, 2016 Yesterday, the Oregonians for Competition, a coalition of privatization supporters backed by grocers and the Distilled Spirits Council (which is moving away from the DISCUS name), suspended efforts to put privatization Initiative 71 on the November ballot. Instead, the grocery lobby is shifting focus to defeat a corporate income tax initiative called Initiative 28, and the Council has decided to shift its focus from Oregon to Colorado. Read More
More Color on BenRiach Purchase
FILED APRIL 27, 2016 Earlier this morning news broke that Brown-Forman is set to acquire The BenRiach Distillery Company, including the GlenDronach, BenRiach, and Glenglassaugh brands, for $416 million [see WSD 04-27-2016]. Following the announcement, your editors hopped on the phone with Lawson Whiting, B-F's evp, chief brands & strategy officer to discuss the purchase. Read More
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