IRI: Wine Growth Outpaces Spirits and Beer in H1
FILED OCTOBER 2, 2015 For all the talk this year about spirits and beer outshining wine, the mid-year IRI data for all channels paints an entirely different picture. The data shows that wine sales grew 6%, outpacing both spirits (5.8%) and beer (3.7%) for the first half of the year. The growth can Read More
Alert, DISCUS Names Cressy's Successor
FILED OCTOBER 1, 2015 Having spent most of the year searching, today The Distilled Spirits Council has revealed the successor for chief Peter Cressy, who you'll recall, is retiring after 16 years in the role. The new blood is Kraig Naasz, the current chief of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). He will step into the role on January 1, 2016. Read More
Indiana Beer Distributor Loses Legal Fight to Sell Spirits
FILED OCTOBER 1, 2015 Indiana's largest beer distributor, Monarch Beverage Company, lost a court battle against the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Commission seeking to sell spirits in addition to beer and wine. State law stipulates that wholesalers cannot have beer and spirits in the same house, which Monarch claims is in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. However, US District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled that Monarch failed to prove it was being treated differently from other beer distributors in the state, or that the law lacks a "rational relationship to the State's legitimate interests." Read More
Part 2: Wal-Mart Discusses Alcohol Strategy
FILED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 In this second part of our interview with Silvia Azrai Kawas, vp of adult beverages for Wal-mart US, Silvia discusses the retailer's innovation strategy and what makes a solid supplier partner. Read More
Alert, Reuters: Brown-Forman Looking to Sell SoCo?
FILED SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 A Reuters report citing unnamed sources claims Brown-Forman has hired Goldman Sachs Group to "explore" the sell-off of brands including Southern Comfort and Chambord in order to "focus on its core whiskey business," led by Jack Daniel's. Read More
Wal-mart's VP of Adult Beverages Discusses Take on Alcohol
FILED SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 Wal-mart is the largest brick and mortar retailer in the world, with 5,200 US stores and $288 billion in net sales during its fiscal year 2015, ended January 31. In recent years, the retailer has zeroed in on the alcohol category as a way to drive traffic and sales growth. You may recall, in 2013, the company vowed to double beer sales by 2017, which they are on track to do. Read More
Expanding Wyoming Whiskey: A Chat with coo David DeFazio
FILED SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 Wyoming Whiskey is another small distiller on the move and our final craft distiller interview. The company is undergoing an aggressive national expansion after appointing industry veteran Frank Sacca as its vp and national sales director earlier this year. The brand is available in 12 western states and in the process of expanding on the East Coast. WSD recently sat down with David DeFazio co-founder and chief operating officer to talk about their expansion strategy. Read More
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