Treasury Wine Estates reported a net sales revenue increase of 12.5% in the Americas for the first half of fiscal 2019. The company's US performance was affected by the recent overhaul of its route to market strategy and investments in creating their own merchandising and sales teams in the region.
A horde of craft distillers descended on Minneapolis this week for the American Craft Spirits Convention, aptly called Craft on Ice. Your editor was on the ground at the event to bring you the highlights and common themes from the convention.
The spirits category increased its market share for the ninth consecutive year in 2018, accounting for 37.3% in revenue market share and 35.3% in volume, according to the Distilled Spirits Council's annual economic briefing this morning.
Distilled Spirits Council ceo Chris Swonger officially took the helm on November 12 [see WSD 10-17-2018]. Your editor sat down with the new DSC ceo in Austin, TX last week to discuss his new role and top priorities for the year.
In Kentucky, $2.3 billion in capital projects--including new distilleries, warehouses and tourism centers--are expected to be completed or planned by 2022, according to an economic impact report released this week.
Federal excise tax reduction is back on the agenda in Congress. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) was reintroduced in the US Senate today by Senators Ron Wyden and Roy Blunt. Now they're looking to make the tax relief permanent or at least extend it.
The canned wine category has really taken off in recent years. In 2018 canned wine sales were up a whopping 69% and volumes were up 47% in all Nielsen-measured channels. Though it is still growing off of a relatively small base.