Diageo Wine Brands Reportedly on the Chopping Block
FILED MAY 4, 2015 Faced with weak performance in emerging markets and a dip in demand in mature markets, Diageo is considering selling off some of the wine brands in its portfolio, per weekend reports from the UK. Read More
A Peek into the Grocery Channel Race
FILED MAY 1, 2015 You may recall, big box and grocery chains are quickly becoming the dominant channel for wine sales in the US market. Today, we'll take a look who is winning and losing in the grocery segment via an RBC Capital Markets report. Read More
Alert, Wilson Daniels Names New President
FILED APRIL 30, 2015 Rocco Lombardo, formerly of Frederick Wildman and Sons (FWS), will succeed Jack Daniels as President of Wilson Daniels, effective June 1. Rocco is a 20-year industry veteran with extensive leadership experience in the importing and wholesale business. He joined FWS in 1995 where he held increasingly senior leadership roles, including: assistant treasurer, cfo and coo, and in 2014, he was appointed president. Read More
UBS: Wholesalers "More Optimistic than Usual"
FILED APRIL 29, 2015 Heading into the spring and summer selling season, the majority of wholesalers are "more optimistic than usual" about the industry for the next three months, according to the most recent UBS Wholesaler survey. Nearly 60% of wholesalers say they are "much more" or somewhat more" optimistic than they were three years ago. And 0% say they feel less optimistic. Read More
Regulating Private Label Wines and their Effect on the Three Tier System
FILED APRIL 28, 2015 In our conversation with Nielsen's Danny Brager featured in WSD yesterday, he noted that chain retailers are "winning" against their smaller, independent counterparts. As this movement continues to grow, so do the number of private and control label wines sold through their channels. Read More
Nielsen's Danny Brager Weighs in on Beverage Trends
FILED APRIL 27, 2015 Every six months or so, we like to check in with Nielsen's resident alcohol guru Danny Brager to get his unique perspective on the industry. Below is an excerpt of a larger conversation in which your editor and Danny discuss the potential lifespan of a few of the hot consumer drink trends right now. Read More
Solving the New Value Equation
FILED APRIL 24, 2015 At 1.7% sales growth, on-premise alcohol trends were nothing to write home about last year. But four months into 2015 and things are looking up. On-premise research firm Technomic expects alcohol beverage sales will grow by as much as 3.2%, the highest growth rate since 2012. With that said, the entire food and beverage category is expected to grow much higher on-premise at 4.8%. Read More
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