Philadelphia Distilling Hits the Gas with New Partners, Distillery
FILED MAY 22, 2017 Founded in 2006, Philadelphia Distilling was the (actual) first Pennsylvania distillery to get a license since before Prohibition. Likewise, its flagship Bluecoat Gin is one of the early pioneers of the ubiquitous American-style gin. Read More
Diageo to Dedicate Even More Resources to US
FILED MAY 19, 2017 During the last four years of Ivan Menezes' leadership Diageo has altered its global strategy to hone in on fewer, more promising emerging markets while stepping on the gas in more developed markets like the US. Read More
Alert, Jackson Family Picks up One of Santa Barbara
FILED MAY 18, 2017 Brewer-Clifton Winery, one of Santa Barbara Country's more highly acclaimed producers, has changed hands again, this time joining Jackson Family Wine's portfolio. The sale includes the Diatom brand, the leased winery, tasting room and vineyards. The transaction details were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to close tomorrow. Read More
Lidl's US Entrance is "One of Biggest Events" for Grocery in Years
FILED MAY 18, 2017 Massive European discount grocery chain Lidl is making its way stateside this summer. The grocery chain, which describes its US position as a cross between Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter, will open 20 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia next month, with plans for up to 100 locations within 12 months. Read More
Alert, Excelsior Realigns with Young's Market
FILED MAY 18, 2017 Excelsior Wines, the joint venture between Concha y Toro and Banfi Vintners, has formed a new strategic partnership with Young's Market Company, effective June 1. The "significant realignment" was chosen to accelerate growth in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, which were formerly handled by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, per a release. Read More
Part II on Standard & Pour's Beverage Program
FILED MAY 17, 2017 Yesterday we published the first part of our interview with Simon Hospitality Group's director of operations Erik Schloss [see WSD 05-16-2017]. Today we'll pick up right where we left off in the conversation as he discusses current cocktail trends and dealing with vendors at Standard & Pour. Read More
On-Premise Interview: Vegas' Standard & Pour
FILED MAY 16, 2017 The Simon Hospitality Group (SHG) was established in 2013 by restaurant industry veterans Cory Harwell and celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Kerry, also known as the "Rock 'n Roll Chef," has opened and worked at dozens of restaurants and even won the title of Iron Chef in 2005. Cory and Kerry pooled their decades of experience to create SHG. The group operates Carson Kitchen in Vegas, Chuck's in Chicago, Simon Mansion in Punta Cana, and more recently opened the Standard & Pour (S&P) restaurant near Vegas. Read More
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