Rite Aid Corporation, the third U.S. drugstore chain, announced yesterday they will buy the Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains from Canada’s Jean Coutu Inc. for about $2.6 billion. Just two years ago Jean Coutu purchased the Eckerd stores, leading them to become North America’s 4th largest drugstore chain, but scant resources prevented Eckerd from upgrading, … Continue reading “RITE AID TO BUY ECKERD”

Smirnoff’s “Tea Partay” rap video spoof on YouTube has the industry debating over whether it’s brilliant or less-than-perfect advertising. While the spot features three preppy, loafer-wearing guys in pastel rapping on a tennis court, it’s actually an ad for Smirnoff’s new malted Raw Tea. Some of the lines include: “No one’s harder than a New … Continue reading “SMIRNOFF PUSHES YOUTUBE AD”

Last week WSD did an interview with Kevin Moran highlighting how important influencers are in pushing brands on consumers. A portion of the interview focuses on the importance of educating wait-staff in order to increase wine recommendations, even doing something as simple as a table tent. Constellation is going a step beyond that by rolling … Continue reading “A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WAIT-STAFF”

Pernod is set to rollout its latest installment to the Glenlivet family next month. Glenlivet Nàdurra (Gaelic for natural) was aged 16 years in bourbon casks and then bottled at natural cask strength to create a more concentrated whiskey. The brand will be available for $60 in a 750-ml bottle. You are unauthorized to view … Continue reading “PERNOD TO LAUNCH THE LATEST GLENLIVET”

Constellation has terminated the U.K. importer and wholesaler Western Wines, opting instead to move the brands in-house as early as October. Their brands include Kumala, Kim Crawford, Hogue Cellars, Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs. Earlier this month Constellation had announced plans to restructure their bottling and distribution operations in the U.K. after acquiring the businesses from Vincor. … Continue reading “CONSTELLATION STAYING TRUE TO ITS WORD”

A Kentucky Judge has eliminated the ban on direct shipments from out-of-state wineries, making it legal for small wineries anywhere in the nation to ship to Kentucky residents – assuming they have a license. Kentucky put a cap on what they deem “small wineries” by only allowing those that produce less than 50,000 gallons of … Continue reading “KENTUCKY JUDGE LIFTS BAN ON OUT-OF-STATE WINERIES”

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a leftover wine law on Monday that will allow customer to take home unfinished bottles of wine from restaurants – granted the bottle is sealed in a tamper-proof bag. The law goes into effect Jan. 1. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot … Continue reading “ILLINOIS GOV. OPTS TO RECORK UNFINISHED WINE BOTTLES”

Diageo’s Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum is launching a new TV ad entitled “Pizza” that features two of The Captain’s crew members leaving a pub and stopping at a pizza joint for home delivery – of a pie and themselves. The company called it “a witty way to remind consumers that when they are going … Continue reading “CAPTAIN MORGAN KICKS OFF A NEW TV AD”

Jim Beam’s CMO Beth Bronner bid the company ado yesterday, reportedly to “pursue other interests.” Until a replacement is found, John Muller – Beam’s SVP of strategy and corporate development – will sit in Beth’s spot. The resignation comes two days before parent Fortune Brands announces their 2nd-quarter earnings tomorrow, July 27. “John will lead … Continue reading “JIM BEAM’S CMO SUDDENLY DEPARTS”

As the second-largest wine producing state, Washington is making waves with a new marketing campaign. From February to April the state’s wine industry conducted a national branding effort that spiked a 45% increase in Washington wine sales in Tampa, Florida. And while it doesn’t sound like much right now, the country could be seeing a … Continue reading “WASHINGTON WINE SALES UP 45%”

Movies have greatly influenced the popularity of wine in this country (think Sideways) with references here and there, but the connection between Hollywood and alcohol endorsements have become increasingly intertwined as of late. More vintners are trying to get their brands in the picture by donating wine cases to showbiz events and parties, or hiring … Continue reading “WINE AND SPIRITS PLACEMENT IN THE MOVIES”

LVMH’s wine and spirits unit recorded an 18% increase in revenue in the first half of 2006. Helped by strong volume growth, improved product mix, and price increases in key markets, Veuve Clicquot made progress in Europe and the U.S. while Hennessy cognac continued its momentum in China and the U.S.”Over the second half, LVMH … Continue reading “STRONG 1ST-HALF PERFORMANCE FOR LVMH WINE AND SPIRITS”

Need some management and organizational help? Management Dynamic’s Supply Chain Visibility and Event Management solution – currently used first by Glazer’s in the industry – manages their domestic and international supply chain operations. The system replaces manual order and shipment tracking processes which “significantly led to delays and difficulty in determining accurate inventory levels and … Continue reading “GLAZER’S MOVES TO A WEB-BASED MANAGEMENT SOLUTION”

ABB Partners, LLC is launching the first double-distilled Cachaca in the U.S. market, dubbed Cabana Cachaca. Cachaca is rum fermented and distilled in Brazil directly from pressed sugarcane, unlike most rum which is distilled from molasses. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Glazer’s Texas promoted four executives and hired two more to help strengthen the Texas division as a whole, the company said today.Phil Meacham has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Operations & Finance for the State of Texas. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations of all of Glazer’s Texas branches, as … Continue reading “SOME NEW APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FOR GLAZER’S TEXAS”