Small Wine Producers Are Being Shut Out of Restaurant Sales
FILED JANUARY 20, 2017 The restaurant industry has had it rough in the last year, and in turn so have restaurant wine sales. In 2016 Technomic projected wine sales in restaurants at just 2% growth, and expects the actual number to be even lower due to the further drop in same-store sales and traffic, per Silicon Valley Bank's (SVB) State of the Industry report. Read More
Alert, Pac Northwest Distribs Join Forces to Create Northwest Beverages
FILED JANUARY 20, 2017 Washington-based Craig Stein Beverage (CSB) has purchased Click Distributing as part of a plan to combine with fellow Washington distributor The Odom Corporation. Together they will form a new beer, wine and spirits distribution company called Northwest Beverages. Its footprint will span Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. Read More
Johnson Bros. Expanding into New York in February
FILED JANUARY 19, 2017 The New York market is going through a transitional period these days, and Johnson Brothers has decided to strike while the iron is hot. The Minnesota-based distributor is opening up the market on February 1 with Nestor Imports and Prestige Beverage Group. Read More
SVB Predicts Wine Sales to Grow 4%-6% in 2017
FILED JANUARY 18, 2017 Today Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) released its annual State of the Wine Industry report, and your editors got our hands on a copy. There's always a lot to unpack from the report and accompanying webinar, so today we'll leave you with our key takeaways: Read More
Alit Wine Lays Bare its Costs (for Better or for Worse)
FILED JANUARY 18, 2017 Alit, a new Oregon wine brand founded by former film producer Mark Tarlov--who also owns Chapter 24 in Willamette Valley--has raised the bar on transparency for the wine industry. In November the company debuted a business plan that includes ditching the three tier system and providing consumers with an itemized breakdown of the costs that go into making a bottle and how they arrived at its price. Read More
Johnson Bros. Expands into WV via Partnership with Mount State Bev
FILED JANUARY 17, 2017 Minnesota's Johnson Brothers Liquor Company has announced it is expanding its distribution footprint into West Virginia through a joint venture with the Rucker Family and Mountain State Beverage. Mountain Beverage has the largest distribution reach in the state, covering 55 counties. Its wine portfolio includes 2,300 wines and includes the likes of Trinchero Family Estates, E&J Gallo, and Jackson Family Wines among several others. Read More
Letting Sourced Whiskey Out of the Doghouse
FILED JANUARY 16, 2017 Sourcing alcohol has been a common industry practice for decades, but the locavore movement, and the simultaneous rise of craft spirits, turned "sourced whiskey" into a dirty word in recent years. But it's time to let sourced whiskey out of the doghouse, argued High West Distillery's key account manager in Texas Chris Furtado and Houston bar owner Mike Raymond, at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference over the weekend. Read More
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