You Can Go Your Own Way
FILED APRIL 29, 2016 The continued success of the independent spirits category has caused a near mass exodus of executives leaving corporations in order to build something for themselves. Today's issue of WSD features two industry veterans who are striking it out on their own, one to establish a new bourbon distillery and the other to build the Grey Goose of Italian gin. Read More
Spirits Council Shifts Efforts from Oregon to Colorado
FILED APRIL 28, 2016 Yesterday, the Oregonians for Competition, a coalition of privatization supporters backed by grocers and the Distilled Spirits Council (which is moving away from the DISCUS name), suspended efforts to put privatization Initiative 71 on the November ballot. Instead, the grocery lobby is shifting focus to defeat a corporate income tax initiative called Initiative 28, and the Council has decided to shift its focus from Oregon to Colorado. Read More
More Color on BenRiach Purchase
FILED APRIL 27, 2016 Earlier this morning news broke that Brown-Forman is set to acquire The BenRiach Distillery Company, including the GlenDronach, BenRiach, and Glenglassaugh brands, for $416 million [see WSD 04-27-2016]. Following the announcement, your editors hopped on the phone with Lawson Whiting, B-F's evp, chief brands & strategy officer to discuss the purchase. Read More
B-F Makes Big Scotch Buy
FILED APRIL 27, 2016 Brown-Forman has announced it will acquire The BenRiach Distillery Company for approximately $416 million, adding three single malt Scotch whisky brands to the portfolio: The GlenDronach, BenRiach, and Glenglassaugh. The purchase includes brand trademarks, three malt distilleries, a bottling plant, and the company Read More
A New Craft Distillery Born Every Day
FILED APRIL 26, 2016 Remember five years ago when we thought one new craft distillery a week was a lot? That number has skyrocketed to one new craft distillery per business day, according to The American Distilling Institute's annual year-end survey results for 2015. Read More
Paul Hletko to Lead American Craft Spirits Association
FILED APRIL 25, 2016 Few Spirits founder Paul Hletko has been nominated president of the American Craft Spirits Association board for 2016, replacing House Spirits' chief Tom Mooney. Dan Garrison, founder of Garrison Brothers Distillery, will serve as his right hand man at vice president, while Vermont Spirits Distilling chief Steve Johnson will continue in his position as secretary/treasurer. Tom will also remain on the board leading the development committee with Orlin Sorensen from Woodinville Whiskey Co. Read More
Part II: Dennis Kreps on Distributors and Trends
FILED APRIL 22, 2016 Earlier this week we published the first part of an interview with Quintessential co-owner Dennis Kreps. Today, we'll pick up where we left off in the conversation as Dennis discusses the effects of distributor consolidation and what's popular right now. Read More
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