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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>

Talkin Tech: The Imperative to Improve Retailer POS Data

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

In this industry that trades in controlled beverages there are inefficiencies built into our business by regulators trying to contain the social cost of our products. Some of these regulations are being challenged in the courts and state legislatures, leading to political and legal battles that cause divisions by pitting one tier of the industry ... read more>

Flavor: The New ‘Tipping Point: Bourbon vs. Vodka Smackdown?

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book The Tipping Point suggests in its subtitle “How little things can make a big difference.” Well, something similar may be happening in the spirits realm—it involves chocolate cupcakes and black cherries. A recent stock report suggests whiskey marketers are wooing flavor-obsessed vodka consumers as never before.   That’s the “tippling point” ... read more>

Brand Profile: Adult Chocolate Milk Takes Off

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Playful and premium, this innovative spirit is the next big thing in chocolate. When you stop to think about it, practically every wine, beer and spirit on the market represents an acquired taste. Adult Chocolate Milk stands deliciously apart, delivering not only a smooth, creamy flavor that millions adore, but also a smile-inducing dash of ... read more>
 
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