Ste. Michelle Reopens Stag's Leap Trademark Dispute
FILED AUGUST 29, 2016 Ste. Michelle Wine Estates subsidiary Stag's Leap Wine Cellars has filed a trademark infringement suit against Treasury Wine Estate's Stags' Leap Winery over use of the word "Stag" on wines not sourced from the Stag's Leap District or Napa Valley. SMWE alleges, among other things, false designation of origin, unfair competition, false advertising and dilution, per the complaint filed in the US District Court of Northern California. Read More
Alert: Duckhorn Sold to Private Equity Firm
FILED AUGUST 29, 2016 The Duckhorn Wine Company has confirmed that private equity group TSG Consumer Partners has acquired it from from GI Partners. You'll recall, Duckhorn was rumored to be in acquisition talks with Constellation Brands in June [see WSD 06-21-2016] - a rumor that Duckhorn chief Alex Ryan shut down immediately. Read More
The Best-Selling Brands & Categories by Restaurant Type
FILED AUGUST 26, 2016 Despite the lackluster news coming out of the restaurant industry lately, 20%-30% of wine and spirits are consumed there, per IWSR. Today we'll take a look at the best-selling brands and categories by restaurant type based on a survey from Boston-based bar inventory software company Bevspot. Read More
Total Wine Drops Pricing in CT Amid "Price Fixing" Lawsuit
FILED AUGUST 25, 2016 Yesterday we reported that Total Wine & More had filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut over its minimum pricing laws for wine and spirits [see WSD 08-24-2016]. After the story ran, a Truth Squadder alerted your editors to a new ad on the Total Wine website showing the retailer has simultaneously discounted some of the larger brands flouting the mandated pricing for each. Read More
Gov't Disputes Claims of Misconduct in MD Liquor Smuggling Case
FILED AUGUST 24, 2016 Last week we covered Republic National Distributing Company's side of the criminal investigation into the alleged liquor smuggling charges in Maryland through its motion to dismiss documents [see WSD 08-16-2016]. This week the Government, represented by Office of the US Attorney, has answered the call for dismissal by "respectfully" opposing the motion and providing more insight from its point of view. Read More
Nielsen CGA on the Key to $1.7 Billion in Extra Cocktail Sales
FILED AUGUST 22, 2016 Despite their recent spike in popularity, fewer consumers in the US drink cocktails on-premise than in other countries. Just 23% of all US consumers drink cocktails on-premise, compared to 32% in France and 35% in China, according to new research from Nielsen CGA (NCGA). Read More
Jack Daniel's, Tito's Race for Top Spot in IRI Channels
FILED AUGUST 19, 2016 Summer is typically one of the best seasons for spirits, and we recently got our hands on the IRI data that encompasses most of it. The Top 100 brand ranking didn't hold too many surprises--the usual suspects like Jameson, Tito's and Hennessy are still trending up--but we may be looking at a new top dog soon. Read More
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