FILED MAY 22, 2013Industry members of all beverage alcohol industries spent last week enjoying the sunshine and the freedom to wear shorts at NABCA's annual conference in Arizona. It's not often that all three industries come together, so supplier association executives Joe McClain (president of the Beer Institute), Peter Cressy (ceo of the Distilled Spirits Council) and Bobby Koch (ceo of the Wine Institute) took the opportunity to discuss some of the issues facing all of them.
FILED MAY 21, 2013Beer has commanded the largest share of the alcoholic beverage category for decades. But as consumers demand more variety, wine and spirits have the wind at their back. Interestingly, US beer consumption peaked in 2008, while wine and spirits trends have been consistently growing for more than 20 years, David Decker, president of Consumer Edge Insights, told NABCA attendees last week.