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  • Cordial Volatility

    Perhaps the most changeable of spirit categories, the U.S. cordial and liqueur market overall saw a fine year in 2013 (the last year for which complete figures are available), up by more than five percent, according to the Beverage Information & Insights Group. Yet, you couldn’t tell it by...

  • Flavor-Philes

    An entity as large as the $5.8 billion vodka category in the U.S. is not monolithic, and it’s not surprising that it’s split like an iceberg into two divergent subcategories (regular and flavored), each with its own consumer demographic, drinking occasion and growth arc. Mimosa, habanero, cinnamon bun –...

  • Training a Scotch Sales Team

    Although dwarfed by the relative size of the Bourbon and Canadian whisky markets, Scotch remains one of the standard bearers of the urban consumerism. Its cachet of uncompromised quality, breadth of expression and dynamic range of flavor keeps Scotch a global heavyweight. A closer look at the numbers reveals...

  • Securing Your Assets

    Beverage retailers are joining the throngs of businesses who have security and loss prevention at the top of their “to improve list.” Shrinkage, robbery and theft all eat away at the bottom line of most retailers’ profitability and must be addressed. The decision to investigate and purchase the latest...

  • Wines for a New Generation

    Play hard, work later: this is the cheeky mantra espoused by Portlandia, a wine made with grapes predominantly from Larkin Vineyard by Judy Thoet, in Dundee, Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Although Thoet’s bottles of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, with labels flaunting playful images of bicycles and eyeglasses, are...

  • A Spec-Tacular History

    More than 50 years in business, and 159 stores to date: that’s where Spec’s Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods stands now. Perhaps the most surprising part about this successful family business is that only three people are operating at the helm of it. John and Lindy Rydman, along with...

  • Hometown Brews

    The local nature of craft beer has always been one of its most appealing features. Indeed, in the earliest days of the American craft beer movement, all craft beer was local by definition, as pioneering entrepreneurs opened small companies to produce an alternative to the national brands. Three decades...

  • Small Town Service

    Family-owned Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits is part of the fabric of Paducah, Kentucky. The company operates two stores in the small town along the Ohio River. The company was founded in 1958 by Paul Roof, who obtained his liquor license on his 21st birthday, and today four of...

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  • Securing Your Assets

    Beverage retailers are joining the throngs of businesses who have security and loss prevention at the top of their “to improve list.” Shrinkage, robbery and theft all eat away at the bottom line of most retailers’ profitability and must...
  • A Spec-Tacular History

    More than 50 years in business, and 159 stores to date: that’s where Spec’s Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods stands now. Perhaps the most surprising part about this successful family business is that only three people are operating at...

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  • Bluegrass and Bourbon

    I just got back from Louisville, Kentucky, where I had the chance to learn about Old Forester, Woodford Reserve and some other Brown-Forman brands, as well as tour the company’s headquarters and cooperage. I’ll be writing a longer Trip Report in the May/June issue, but here are some of...
  • Celebrating 80 Years of Beverage Dynamics

    Later this year, Beverage Dynamics will celebrate its 80th anniversary. What began as Liquor Store & Dispensery magazine, then became Liquor Store magazine, has been called Beverage Dynamics since 1989. We have tons of special content and coverage planned for the anniversary, but I’d like to get some input...
  • An Evening of Scotch Whisky Pairings

    Unlike wine, whisky is not to be swirled before sniffed. That agitates the alcohol, and overpowers the subtler aromas. Rather, you should rotate the glass to wet the sides and increase the breadth of the flavor coating, for a fuller aromatic experience. There were numerous of such flavors and...
  • Living the Legend in the Big Easy

    I recently attended the Heineken USA National Distributor Conference in New Orleans, which brought together distributors from across the country to meet with company representatives, sample new products and view the latest marketing campaigns for Heineken’s seven U.S. brands. The event began with the NDC Expo at the Roosevelt...

Spirits Category Updates More Stories

  • Rising Spirits

    The spirits industry is certainly in flux, as consumers move away from vodka toward whiskies and embrace flavored spirits in new categories. The cinnamon whisky, moonshine and premium Bourbon...
  • Cordial Volatility

    Perhaps the most changeable of spirit categories, the U.S. cordial and liqueur market overall saw a fine year in 2013 (the last year for which complete figures are available),...
  • Flavor-Philes

    An entity as large as the $5.8 billion vodka category in the U.S. is not monolithic, and it’s not surprising that it’s split like an iceberg into two divergent...
  • Training a Scotch Sales Team

    Although dwarfed by the relative size of the Bourbon and Canadian whisky markets, Scotch remains one of the standard bearers of the urban consumerism. Its cachet of uncompromised quality,...
  • Spotlight Q&A: Whiskey Renaissance

    I recently spoke to Yvonne Briese, Diageo’s VP of Marketing for North American Whisky (NAW). From Crown Royal to Piehole to Orphan Barrel, the company’s brands appeal to a...
  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces 2015 Award Winners

    Ultimate Spirits Challenge, a global standard for spirits competitions, announced today the winners and full results for the 2015 Challenge. Now in its sixth year, Ultimate Spirits Challenge celebrates 33 Chairman...

Wine Category Updates More Stories

  • Growing on the Vine

    Like the larger beverage market, the wine industry was impacted this year – both positively and negatively – by consumers trending toward occasion-based drinking. This year’s Growth Brand winners...
  • Wines for a New Generation

    Play hard, work later: this is the cheeky mantra espoused by Portlandia, a wine made with grapes predominantly from Larkin Vineyard by Judy Thoet, in Dundee, Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills...
  • Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

    We asked members of the panel to review some of their favorite Sauvignon Blancs. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine’s retail price...

Industry Calendar

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all-day Miami Rum Renaissance Festival @ DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival @ DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center
Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day
Presenting the largest rum festival in the world — attracting rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts from more than 30 countries. The annual Miami Rum Festival [...]
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all-day The Art of Liqueurs @ Skip Rock Distillery
The Art of Liqueurs @ Skip Rock Distillery
Apr 24 – Apr 25 all-day
Distiller Ryan Hembree joins Northwest Business Agriculture Center to present the first ever Puget Sound workshop on “The Art of Liqueurs.” Ryan’s was winner of the [...]
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all-day Vineyard to Vintner @ Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District
Vineyard to Vintner @ Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day
‘Vineyard to Vintner’ is an experience in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District that offers opportunities to taste the appellation’s Cabernets while mingling with winery owners [...]

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Beverage Stock Index

BrandSymbolPriceChange
Diageo plc Common StockDEO113.24(+0.53)
BEAM(+0)
Ambev S.A. American DepositaryABEV5.66(-0.01)
Molson Coors Brewing Company ClTAP73.26(+1.07)
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The)SAM268.14(+2.48)
Castle Brands, Inc. Castle BranROX1.43(-0.03)
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA SponsorBUD122.55(+1.44)
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.BREW13.65(+0.26)
Brown Forman Inc Class B CommonBFB89.42(+0.95)
Data was last updated 2:26 PM, 03/29/2015

Beer Category Updates More Stories

  • Trip Report: Living the Legend in the Crescent City

    I recently attended the Heineken USA National Distributor Conference in New Orleans, which brought together distributors from across the country to meet with company representatives, sample new products and...
  • Narragansett Del’s Shandy, Summer Ale

    Narragansett Beer is releasing seasonals early with their Summer Ale and the Rhode Island mash up, Narragansett Del’s Shandy. Narragansett’s Summer Ale is Beer Advocate’s highest-rated summer ale in New England. The light...
  • Hometown Brews

    The local nature of craft beer has always been one of its most appealing features. Indeed, in the earliest days of the American craft beer movement, all craft beer...

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  • More Photos from the Heineken NDC

    Above: Heineken USA’s CMO Nuno Teles leads a panel discussion to talk about technology’s impact on the beer industry.       The Heineken National Distributor Conference was held in New Orleans in February. There were so many great...
  • Tapping Into Beer’s Franchise Potential

    Growing up, Nathan Robinette wanted to open a sports bar called “Nate Dogg’s,” named after the rapper. “It’s a silly name, I know, but I think I’ve opened the adult version of that,” he jokes, decades later. The Tennessee...
  • Flavorful Brews

    Flavored beers are poised to become more than unorthodox alternatives to traditional brews. The American beer palate has evolved considerably in recent years. Craft and specialty brewing have gained in popularity among consumers, especially Millennials, who crave variety and...

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  • Growing on the Vine

    Like the larger beverage market, the wine industry was impacted this year – both positively and negatively – by...
  • Rising Spirits

    The spirits industry is certainly in flux, as consumers move away from vodka toward whiskies and embrace flavored spirits...
  • Beer Growth Brand Winners at NBWA

      Above: Jake Leinenkugel, President, The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Tom Cardella, President of Tenth and Blake, Amy Collins...

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