The Best-Selling Brands & Categories by Restaurant Type
FILED AUGUST 26, 2016 Despite the lackluster news coming out of the restaurant industry lately, 20%-30% of wine and spirits are consumed there, per IWSR. Today we'll take a look at the best-selling brands and categories by restaurant type based on a survey from Boston-based bar inventory software company Bevspot. Read More
Total Wine Drops Pricing in CT Amid "Price Fixing" Lawsuit
FILED AUGUST 25, 2016 Yesterday we reported that Total Wine & More had filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut over its minimum pricing laws for wine and spirits [see WSD 08-24-2016]. After the story ran, a Truth Squadder alerted your editors to a new ad on the Total Wine website showing the retailer has simultaneously discounted some of the larger brands flouting the mandated pricing for each. Read More
Gov't Disputes Claims of Misconduct in MD Liquor Smuggling Case
FILED AUGUST 24, 2016 Last week we covered Republic National Distributing Company's side of the criminal investigation into the alleged liquor smuggling charges in Maryland through its motion to dismiss documents [see WSD 08-16-2016]. This week the Government, represented by Office of the US Attorney, has answered the call for dismissal by "respectfully" opposing the motion and providing more insight from its point of view. Read More
Nielsen CGA on the Key to $1.7 Billion in Extra Cocktail Sales
FILED AUGUST 22, 2016 Despite their recent spike in popularity, fewer consumers in the US drink cocktails on-premise than in other countries. Just 23% of all US consumers drink cocktails on-premise, compared to 32% in France and 35% in China, according to new research from Nielsen CGA (NCGA). Read More
Jack Daniel's, Tito's Race for Top Spot in IRI Channels
FILED AUGUST 19, 2016 Summer is typically one of the best seasons for spirits, and we recently got our hands on the IRI data that encompasses most of it. The Top 100 brand ranking didn't hold too many surprises--the usual suspects like Jameson, Tito's and Hennessy are still trending up--but we may be looking at a new top dog soon. Read More
Mike Clarke's Vision for TWE Realized in F16
FILED AUGUST 18, 2016 At the close of its fiscal year in June, Treasury Wine Estates is starting to look more like the company chief Mike Clarke imagined when he took on the role in 2014. Delivering on the promise to premiumize the portfolio, optimize pricing and get inventory levels in control, TWE doubled its full year net profits just over $137 million. Read More
Texas Distillery Sues Former Exec
FILED AUGUST 17, 2016 San Antonio-based Rebecca Creek Distillery filed suit against its co-founder and former president Michael Cameron on August 4 for allegedly violating a noncompete agreement, reports a local publication. Read More
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