Washington Retailers Sue LCB Over Right to Negotiate Prices
FILED OCTOBER 9, 2015 The Washington Liquor (and Cannabis) Board (WLCB) just cannot win. Ever since going to a private alcohol system in 2012, it has been embroiled in disputes with all three tiers of the alcohol industry. The latest lawsuit, filed on Thursday by the state's retailers, is over the ability to negotiate pricing. Read More
Alert, Sazerac to Resurrect Michael Collins Irish Whiskey
FILED OCTOBER 9, 2015 New Orleans-based Sazerac has acquired the trademark rights for production, bottling and distribution of the Michael Collins Irish Whiskey brands from Eagle Sellers' Rep, which is presumably an entity of the German-owned Sidney Frank Importing Co. Read More
Wine Execs Weigh in on Consolidation, Premiumization and The Next Big Issue
FILED OCTOBER 8, 2015 Every year at the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, Bob Smiley, director of wine studies at UC Davis, gives a great presentation on what wine industry executives think about important issues facing the category. Some of the chief participants this year included Bob Torkelson at Trinchero, Joe Gallo, Brian Vos at The Wine Group and Mel Dick from Southern Wine & Spirits among many others. Read More
Constellation's Wine & Spirits up 2.2% in Q2
FILED OCTOBER 7, 2015 Constellation Brands' stellar growth over the last couple of years has primarily been driven by its acquisition of the Grupo Modelo beer business in 2013, while the wine business performance -- which represents 40% of sales and profit -- has been lackluster. After it delivered a 1% decline in fiscal 2015, Constellation vowed to reinvigorate the wine category. Read More
Crown Royal: Now with Serving Facts!
FILED OCTOBER 6, 2015 Earlier this year, Diageo announced it would begin including serving facts and nutritional info on some of its brand labels, and the company has followed through on that promise. Read More
H1 Performances: Tequila and Whiskey Sales Soar, Vodka Healthy Again
FILED OCTOBER 5, 2015 We've already covered the new product trends so far this year [see WSD 09-15-2015], and today, we'll take a look at how existing spirits and categories performed, according to IRI's mid-year review through July 5. Read More
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
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