Survey: Spirits Attract More Multicultural Consumers than Wine
FILED JUNE 21, 2018 You can never have too much consumer data, dear readers. Consumer analytics firm TABS Analytics recently shared some good numbers on who's buying what, how often and where. Read More
Interstate Shipping Debate Comes to Cali
FILED JUNE 20, 2018 There's more fuel to add on the fire that is interstate shipping debate. This time, Florida-based Orion Wine Imports filed a lawsuit against California, challenging the laws that prohibit out-of-state wine importers from selling directly to retailers in the state. Read More
What's in a Valuation?
FILED JUNE 19, 2018 As the rate of craft brand acquisitions continues apace, one of the most frequent questions your editors hear is "What's the going valuation?" Read More
Hood River Regroups After Pendleton Sale
FILED JUNE 18, 2018 Last year, Oregon's Hood River Distillers sold off its flagship brand Pendleton whisky to Cuervo for a tidy sum of $205 million [see WSD 12-14-2017]. Having divested the portfolio's leading brand, 2018 will be a transition year for the company as they reorganize the portfolio and corresponding sales divisions, while making some changes in route to market. Read More
Alert, Mark Teasdale to Join Biggar and Leith
FILED JUNE 15, 2018 Mark Teasdale, ceo of Cuervo US subsidiary Proximo Spirits, is leaving Cuervo to join Biggar and Leith this summer, per a release. Mark will work right alongside Biggar and Leith founder Elwyn Gladstone to grow the importer's brands, Malfy Gin and Spytail rum. Read More
How to Work with State Regulators
FILED JUNE 15, 2018 Regulation enforcement has become an increasingly pressing topic for the alcohol industry in the past couple of years as both federal and state agencies are increasing scrutiny on the industry. Read More
SPI Group Acquires Bayou Rum Producer
FILED JUNE 14, 2018 SPI Group announced it has fully acquired Louisiana Spirits, the makers of Bayou Rum, per a release. SPI Group purchased a majority stake in the company (72.5%) in June 2016. You may recall, at the same time its subsidiary Stoli Group USA took over US distribution of the Bayou Rum brand, marking the company's first foray into craft spirits. No purchase price was disclosed. Read More
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