UBS Global I/O®: Global Spirits – “US Spirits Wholesaler June Survey”

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Input: 11th UBS proprietary wholesaler survey Given that the US is the biggest profit pool for international spirits companies (36% of EBIT) but has low visibility due to the Three Tier System, we publish our 11th US spirits wholesaler survey to provide an independent industry health check. Output: new survey highs on consumers trading up ... read more>

Bar Talk: In Creole Country

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Abigail Gullo, SoBou, New Orleans, LA Before she started slinging drinks in New York City bars (most recently at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn) Abigail Gullo was a teacher, unwinding from the grind of school by writing a blog devoted to rye. These days she calls New Orleans home, at SoBou, the new spirits-centric restaurant in ... read more>

Tasting Corner: In the Zin Zone

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Rosy or Red, Zinfandel Remains a Wine to be Reckoned With. Zinfandel enjoys a colorful if complicated identity. It’s red (though deep purple might be more precise). It’s white (though actually pink when labeled “white”). It also red-white-and-blue, as in America’s grape (though Califonians might argue the credit is really all theirs). And there’s gold ... read more>

Season’s Menu: July 2012 Edition

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

SKINNYGIRL CITRUS SPRITZER 1½ parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka3-4 parts diet lemon-lime soda Mix together and garnish with a lime. THE TITO’S TEXAS SIPPER 1½ oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka¼ oz. elderflower liqueur2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice1 oz. grapefruit soda Shake Tito’s Handmade Vodka, elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice over ice. Strain into rocks glass filled with ... read more>

Wine Buzz: July 2012 Edition

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

TERRA ANDINA MAKES A SPLASH Palm Bay International has been appointed to import and market the South American Terra Andina line in the U.S., and the brand is being relaunched, literally, with style. Each wine is vividly labeled with a descriptor that captures its stylistic essence and aims to share the South American vibe: Sauvignon ... read more>

GS Research – Beverages: A broader view of Beverages from Nielsen’s new AOC database

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

What is AOC? This morning, Nielsen released its new AOC (All Outlets Combined) database, which replaces the former FDMx data. AOC covers the same channels as FDMx, but now also includes Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, other club stores, dollar stores, and military stores. The most current dataset for AOC is through 6/9/12, the same latest period ... read more>

The Flavors of Vodka

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

As aisle after liquor store aisle is taken over by the steady parade of vodka brands and flavors, premium and super-premium brands that have lived on marketing and advertising success now find that discerning bartenders, spirit buyers and consumers want a little more information about what a spirit is made from, how it’s made and what to expect on the ... read more>

Change In The Air (and On The Shelves):The 75th Annual NABCA Conference Embraces Evolution

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Control states are not generally known for being agents or objects of change, but given the recent rumblings of privatization and a continued tight economy, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association Annual Conference, held this year on Marco Island, FL, was more abuzz than usual. Mark Bodi of the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission officially ... read more>

The Find: July 2012 Edition

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Every month, The Find features brand initiatives, eye-catching product launches and all-around cool industry ... read more>

Speakeasy: Rémy Cointreau’s Mark Breene

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Beverage Network sits down with Mark Breene, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, to discuss the return of luxury, Cognac’s potential in the U.S. and the importance of ... read more>
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