National

State Taps Into Brewers

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

In a blow to New York’s growing number of small beer crafters, the state has quietly ended tax and fee exemptions for in-state brewers after it was sued by an out-of-state distributor. The announcement stunned local brewers, many of whom learned in an email that two treasured exemptions-worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to some ... read more>

A Rum With a Story to Tell: Bacardi Turns 150 Years Old

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Each year, there are more Bacardi cocktails consumed than there are people who live on our planet. It’s sheer volume combined with its legendary history—this year Bacardi celebrates its 150th birthday—puts the rum giant in a category of one within the spirits world. A Foundation of Innovation Bacardi’s well-deserved reputation as an innovator began on ... read more>

Bar Talk: The Middleman

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Daniel Brancusi, Vitae, New York City When a restaurant opens in Midtown Manhattan, a suited crowd, in search of post-corporate unwinding, is a probable demographic. Elegant newcomer Vitae is no exception. During “cocktail hour,” the x-shaped table in the entry is packed with movers and shakers sipping the likes of ZD Napa Chardonnay and Parusso ... read more>

Do EU Organic Rules For Wine Leave Glass Half Empty?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

* Sulphite content cut not enough, say organic producers * Alternative methods to preserve wine need to be developed * Organic wine has marketing appeal Italian vintners who avoid chemicals are disappointed with the new EU rules for labelling wines organic, saying the long-awaited criteria are too “lax”. After lengthy debate, the European Commission agreed ... read more>

Beam to Acquire Pinnacle Vodka

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Beam Inc. is expected to announce Monday a deal to buy Pinnacle vodka and another brand from White Rock Distilleries Inc. for around $600 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Beam, which was spun off when Fortune Brands Inc. was split into two companies last year, is paying all cash to acquire Pinnacle ... read more>

Alcohol Industry Says There’s Need for Regulation

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Industry executives wouldn’t take a position on whether states should privatize alcohol sales but warned that lawmakers shouldn’t be naive about the implications of insufficient regulation. They spoke Thursday at what they called the first ever industry-wide discussion of issues surrounding privatization. Their emphasis was on regulation. “Getting government out of the alcohol business shouldn’t ... read more>

Southern Wine & Spirits of NY Holds Annual Achievement Awards

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

On March 19th, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York , Lauber Imports and Liberty Wine Selections held their seventh Annual Achievement Awards at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Long Island. Outstanding 2011 employees were recognized for their service, while senior management also acknowledged the hard work of the sales and operations ... read more>

Silicon Valley Bank: Annual State of The Wine Industry Reports Increasing Bottle Pricing

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Silicon Valley Bank, a leading provider of commercial banking services to the wine industry, released its Annual State of the Wine Industry Report for 2012-2013 today. The report captures trends and addresses critical issues facing the U.S. wine industry, offering unique data and observations that help wine business owners and managers think critically about their ... read more>

Spirits: Nielsen Data Analysis: Spirits Sales Growth Continues to Accelerate (+5.5% YoY) on the Strength of Bourbon (+14.1% YoY)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

BFB’s Outperformance Continues, Led by Bourbon – In the four-week period ending Mar. 31, 2012, bourbon continued to post robust trends, with volume sales up 12.1% YoY and dollar sales up an even stronger 14.1% YoY as flavored bourbons spark new interest in the category. Category leader BFB continues to realize an outsized benefit from ... read more>

FTC Broadens Study of Alcohol Advertising: Agency Eyeing Ads Seen by Underage Audiences

Friday, April 13th, 2012

For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission is requiring the major alcoholic beverage advertisers to detail their use of digital marketing and data collection practices. The move is part of the agency’s periodic review to see how effective the industry’s voluntary guidelines are in reducing marketing messages to underage audiences. Companies such as Anheuser-Busch, ... read more>
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