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NRA: Restaurant Industry Posts Significant Job Growth

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Restaurants are one of the key private-sector industries leading the United States in job recovery, having added more than 560,000 positions in the past 24 months, according to new analysis from the National Restaurant Association. The NRA noted that 200,000 of those jobs were added in the past six months. “The restaurant industry strongly contributes ... read more>

TTB Proposal Concerning The Identity of “Pisco” Brandy

Monday, April 9th, 2012

On March 27th, TTB published Notice No. 126 in the Federal Register. In addition to a technical correction that removes “Cognac” from the examples of geographical designations listed in the standards of identity at 27 CFR 5.22(k), the notice proposes to amend TTB’s standards of identity regulations for distilled spirits at 27 CFR 5.22(d) to ... read more>

Blind Tasting: Fool’s Teflon

Friday, April 6th, 2012

As wine judgement goes, this technique is overrated and unrealistic. Read the other day that a wine critic was going to taste at Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate in Napa, but that he would be scoring either “since they chose not to let me blind taste.” Huh? I was not sure whether to laugh or ... read more>

Upbeat Consumers Boost U.S. Retailers

Friday, April 6th, 2012

An improving jobs market and unusually warm weather helped to lift US retail sales in March by nearly 4%, beating Wall Street expectations and continuing a run of positive months. Sales at stores open at least a year rose 3.9% at the 20 or so at the retailers that report monthly figures, according to Retail ... read more>

Constellation Brands Court Millenials with Newest Brands

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

by John Kell –Company plans to launch more than 50 new wine brands and extensions this year, above last year’s 25 –Wine launches come as Constellation’s total domestic wine business has lagged the overall market –Constellation hopes to court Millennial drinkers, who have driven wine category’s growth in recent years An evolving palate and high ... read more>

Brand Profile: Treasury Wine Estates’ Be.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Designed by Millenial Women for Millenial Women. With shelves packed full of new domestic wine brands and imports, it’s becoming harder and harder for consumers to differentiate among the crowd. Enter Be., created by Treasury Wine Estates. Be. is about breaking the mold and encouraging consumers to pair wine with their mood and personality. Designed ... read more>

The Find: April 2012 Edition

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

THE FLAVOR PARADE TAKES A CANADIAN TURN Van Gogh Imports—no stranger to flavored spirits—has introduced TAP 357, a new premium maple-flavored Canadian rye whisky. The rustic character of 3-, 5-, and 7-year-old blended rye whiskies is complemented by rich maple notes derived from trees tapped in Quebec; the end result actually has less sugar than ... read more>

Wine Buzz: April 2012 Edition

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

THIS CAB PUTS ON A SHOW. FREAK SHOW, THAT IS What makes this Cabernet so freaky? Maybe it’s the Lodi fruit. Maybe it’s the spicy/cherry nose and gobs of dark berry fruit with charred oak and vanilla coming from 22 months in barrel. Maybe it’s just the label. In any event, the 2009 Freak Show, ... read more>

Brand Profile: The Captain Has a Dark Side

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

 Black Spiced Rum from Captain Morgan Targets Whisky Drinkers. Think Captain Morgan, amplified. That is what consumers can expect from Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, hitting shelves in late April. With more flavor, a richer body, a higher-alcohol content and greater complexity, Black Spiced is designed to appeal to whisky drinkers—those who prefer their brown ... read more>

Chile Brings It [To the Table]: Shaking Off Its Bargain Image, Chile is Winning New Admirers On-Premise

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The American table is a many-splendored thing. We love ethnic cuisine, but comfort food hits the spot, too. Fine dining is a form of entertainment for many; casual dining is a way of life for even more. Grilling is king for some, vegetarian rules for others. It’s a moving target, with perhaps the only constant ... read more>
 
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