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Publisher’s Page: August 2015 News & Views

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Common Sense New Jersey has joined 21 other states to pass legislation banning powdered alcohol. Hopefully Governor Christie, who has entered the presidential race and has shown a lot of common sense on political issues, will apply that kind of thinking to Palcohol and sign off on this bill.  As part of an industry that ... read more>

Publisher’s Page: June 2015 News & Views

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

WHY US?Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margarita was being sued for “damages” by an Illinois consumer claiming that the cocktail was mislabeled. The basis of this action was the modest presence of a preservative that was claimed to belie the drinks claim as “all-natural”. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah has granted a motion to dismiss this case. Hopefully, this is part of a pattern ofcourt ... read more>

Publisher’s Page – May 2015 News & Views

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

FACE TIME VS. FACEBOOKFrankly, I have always admired the opportunities that the retail/restaurant tier of our industry enjoy, having daily face time with their ultimate consumer.  Through our publications and BeverageMedia.com we are in touch with tens of thousands of licensees. And now with the help of social media we have opened even more opportunities for interchange with the trade. But still, this doesn’t ... read more>

Publisher’s Page April 2015 News & Views

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Competitive pressure, changing customer habits and damaging legislation are the kind of challenges that we periodically have to face. But one challenge that demands constant attention: the responsible retailing of our products both on- and ... read more>

Publishers Page March 2015 News & Views

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

SPIRITED DECISIONS  The recent surge in whiskey, confirmed by DISCUS’s recently released 2014 supplier numbers report, raises a question: How do you set limited back bar and shelf space to best take advantage? That question, as familiar as it is, is nonetheless more challenging than ever—thanks to the flow of new products and labels that ... read more>

Publisher’s Page: February 2015 News & Views

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MOVING ON Governor Cuomo has announced a number of changes in the administration for his second term, including the reassignment of State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen as New York’s Medicaid Inspector General. The Chairman previously held legal oversight responsibilities in areas such as real estate and consumer fraud, so moving to Medicaid is no stretch.  Since the core of his experience was outside of ... read more>

Publishers Page January 2015 News & Views

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

It is with heartfelt sadness that we remember Jay Andretta, an endearing presence in the wine and spirits industry in Upstate New York for more than 30 years. In 1983, Jay joined his dad, Vincent “Jimmy” Andretta Jr., in the family business—then Colony Liquor & Wine Distributors—and had a distinguished career, most recently serving as ... read more>

Publishers’ Page: November 2014 News & Views

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Easy To Get Complacent Governor Cuomo has unveiled a stepped-up marketing program including a variety of “Taste NY” point of sale pieces (see page 111 for more details). He also helped to recently orchestrate sold-out participation for New York wines and spirits at the NYSLSA Rochester show. I don’t believe that this is just another ... read more>

Publishers Page: News & Views October 2014

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Wild World of Whisky The most visible signs of America’s broadening perceptions of whiskey relate to the recent spike in flavors. Unlike vodka, which seemed a natural base for flavors, who would have thought whisky could draw such wide interest for so many variations? Wild Turkey did it with honey years ago, but was always ... read more>

Publisher’s Page: September 2014 News & Views

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Preparing For The Fall Just wanted to pass along some key reference points as you hopefully, find time to consider your plans for the critical fall period. Latest national GuestMetrics figures for July reflect a decline in spirits volume of 0.9%, but more upscale purchasing trends raised dollar sales a modest 1.3%. Strongest performers within ... read more>
 
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