The Average Wine List Not Beneficial to Whole Category
FILED SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 The on-premise analysts at Winemetrics have long been saying the wine category is losing share of mind on-premise to beer and spirits. This year for the company's 2016 Wine Buyer's Report, they have provided a look at the anatomy of the average wine list at a casual dining chain, hoping to gain some insight. Read More
Industry Members Weigh in on OND Prep
FILED SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 Planning for the impending holiday season, or OND, is critical for retailers with little to no margin for errors. "Timing is everything" for this amped up season, says Dave Whalen, sales manager Vanguard division with Breakthru Beverage Group Illinois. These days, many of the large retailers have their OND plans set by about the middle of the summer, adds Brian Rosen, industry consultant. Read More
Diageo NA Announces Leadership Changes
FILED SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 Diageo North America has announced changes to its commercial leadership team. Tom Looney will be expanding his role, taking the helm of National Accounts and central commercial support activities as Jeff Ivey, current cco, will be retiring, effective October 1. Jeff will remain on through June 30, 2017 to support the transition, per a release. Read More
Alert: Empire Merchants Files Suit Against Charlie Merinoff
FILED SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 New York-based Empire Merchants has filed federal fraud charges in US District Court against its co-owner Charles Merinoff, Breakthru Beverage chief Greg Baird and several others, including Breakthru's Reliable Churchill and retailers in Maryland. Empire alleges that the defendants defrauded the company through involvement in a smuggling scheme, illegally moving booze from Maryland to New York. Read More
Anticipating Off-Premise Trends with On-Premise Data
FILED SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 It's largely accepted wisdom in the beverage alcohol industry that brands and trends begin life on-premise, with the majority of volumes to follow off-premise. But your editors have often wondered how closely correlated drink trends are in the two different channels, and how long it takes for a trend in the on-premise to catch on in the off-premise. This week we got our first taste of data comparing the two channels, thanks to the Nielsen CGA. Read More
Pernod, Sazerac, Diageo Led Control State Share Gains in Summer
FILED SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 With the exponential growth of both whiskey and the craft spirits category, some of the major spirits players have been thrown out of orbit in the last couple of years. In fact, looking at the most recent NABCA data, most of the big players experienced a volume decline or slowdown in the three month period through July. Read More
Quality. Price. Simplicity. Why they Make a Winning Combo
FILED SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 Yesterday we heard from BW166's Jon Moramarco, who said the vodka category is starting to looking healthy again [see WSD 09-15-2016]. Subsequently, RBC Capital sent us a note on the godfather of the modern vodka categoryt: Tito's Handmade Vodka. RBC looks at how Tito's has achieved 85% CAGR (compound aggregate growth rate) despite the challenging economic environment for vodka, and took its place as the third largest vodka manufacturer in the US. Read More
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