New Products & Promotions: May 2012 Edition

Monday, April 30th, 2012

W.J. DEUTSCH ADDS FLIRT RED BLEND TO PORTFOLIO With red blends proving to be solid sellers, W.J. Deutsch & Sons recently unveiled Flirt, a 2010 California red blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Tempranillo, created through a joint venture with Vintage Wine Estates. The playful POS materials invite consumers to try Flirt, using the tagline, “Your ... read more>

Blended Scotch Comeback? A Struggling Category Sees Salvation Through Premiumization

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

For decades, it appeared that blended Scotch whisky, the stuff of highballs and whisky sours, would end not with a bang but a whimper, suffering steady declines at the hands of an aging consumer base, the white spirits boom and aspirational young drinkers. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), in ... read more>

US Scanner Data Results

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Key trends for US tracked channel scanner data for the four-week period ending 4/14 are as follows. Note: we would focus on market share trends or 2-yr avg. sales growth for this Nielsen cycle given this year’s 4-week period included Easter, which was not in last year’s, which particularly distorted results for beverages. Alcohol: Beer ... read more>

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>
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