Initial Thoughts on RNDC, Breakthru Deal
FILED NOVEMBER 21, 2017 As was reported yesterday, RNDC and Breakthru unveiled plans for a merger in 2018 [see WSD 11-20-2017]. Together BRNDC (as we've taken to calling the new entity) will represent $12 billion in sales and span 30 markets. It will be the second largest distributor in the US, nearly catching up to Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, which now covers 45 markets (not 41 as written yesterday) with close to $16 billion in annual sales. Read More
Alert, RNDC, Breakthru Beverage Agree to Merge
FILED NOVEMBER 20, 2017 Confirming the worst kept secret of the summer, Republic National Distributing Company and Breakthru Beverage Group will merge to stop Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits from running away with the distribution tier. The two have announced a letter of intent to combine operations and assets, and the transaction is slated to close in the second quarter of 2018, per a release. Read More
Import Wines Lose Ground in 2017
FILED NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Despite a slight increase in sales, imported table wines have been losing ground in the US this year. In the four weeks through October 7, total table imports-- which account for about 25% of category dollars--gave up 0.2 dollar share points in all Nielsen-measured off-premise channels. Read More
Much Ado About Aldi
FILED NOVEMBER 16, 2017 German discount retail chain Aldi has been stateside since the '70s, but it has garnered a lot more attention in 2017. A new report from CB Insights shows that Aldi's mention in the media in the US has "skyrocketed" this year through October. Read More
Excise Tax Reduction Officially Added to Senate Tax Bill
FILED NOVEMBER 15, 2017 Federal excise tax reduction has gained some footing in the Senate. Last night Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch included the amendment for FET reduction into the larger tax bill as a part of his Chairman's markup. You may recall from our report yesterday, this version of the FET amendment (S. 236) expires by the end of 2019. Read More
Case Study: How Maryland Determined Direct Shipping Laws
FILED NOVEMBER 14, 2017 As several states reevaluate direct shipping laws this year, we came across an interesting case study from 2010 when Maryland legislators weighed whether or not to allow out-of-state retailers to ship wine direct to Maryland residents. Read More
Canned Wines Vie for Position Alongside Boxes and Tetras
FILED NOVEMBER 13, 2017 As boxed wine and Tetra Paks have proved, alternative packaging for wine can be sustainable given the right environment and products. Now canned wine is vying to be the next big alternative packaging trend. Read More
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