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  • Making Your POS Work for You

    What beverage retailer doesn’t look for ways to positively impact their sales? So here’s some good news: Thanks in part to improved technology, today’s retailers can make their sales processes more efficient and effective with the latest and greatest in POS systems. Evolving Technology In recent years, POS has become more accessible to retailers, in terms of both affordability and practicality. The bulky and cumbersome POS systems of old have given away to sleek,...

  • Two of a Kind: Pairing Wines with Proteins

    Helping customers determine what wines pair well with proteins can be a matter of overcoming misconceptions. With wine/meat matches, some people are inclined to plate chicken or fish with a white, or heavier meats with red. “It’s somewhat of an antiquated approach, or a simplifier, to think of white fish with a white wine, or red meat with a cab,” suggests Jenny Schwartz, co-owner and bar manager of Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar in Oakland....

  • Progressive Drinking and Retailing

    The Urban Grape’s tagline is “drink progressively.” The meaning is two-fold for this Boston-based retailer, which operates locations in both Chestnut Hill and the city’s South End. On one hand, The Urban Grape is progressive in its use of retail strategy, technology and social media. On the other, the husband-and-wife ownership team of TJ and Hadley Douglas believe that each consumer’s palate progresses over time, and can be measured and then matched to an...

  • Rum’s Ready to Rebound

    Premium straight and aged rums appeal to the modern, 
sophisticated consumer. The second-largest spirits category isn’t resting on its laurels. It’s on the cusp of being the next big thing, say industry experts, as rum’s beach-bum image morphs into sophistication. Variety and versatility are rum’s greatest strengths – attributes that should enable the category to win market share from the hot whiskey and tequila segments. To do that, though, consumers need to better understand...

  • No Mixing Required

    Americans today crave convenience. And in the spirits category, what can be more convenient than Ready 
 to Drink (RTD) cocktails and shots? These products contain fresh, premium ingredients, often in small, sealed, one-serving containers. RTDs come in all shapes of packaging, including cans, bottles, shot glasses and plastic balls. They’re made for the busy, on-the-go consumer. Whether someone is camping, tailgating, at a barbecue, hosting a party, preparing for a night out, or...

  • Profiting from Gin’s Renaissance

    With all due deference to vodka’s longstanding market dominance—which now accounts for almost 35% of all distilled spirits sold—drinking patterns do inevitably shift. The question then becomes, what will be the largest beneficiary of ex-vodka drinkers looking for something different in a light spirit experience? Those in the gin camp conjecture that potential converts are being created on a nightly basis in the form of lapsed vodka drinkers, consumers who’ve grown disenchanted with its...

  • Craft Comes of Age

    Ever since craft beer got a grip on the American drinker’s imagination a couple decades ago, it has commanded more than its market share’s worth of attention. Craft comprises only 11% of the U.S. beer market, yet craft breweries and beer styles dominate the coverage in the popular press, relegating news about mega brewing companies to the business section. The Brewers Association, a trade group for the craft sector, reports that over 3,400 craft...

  • Make the Right High-Volume Merchandise Moves

    Judging by the constant drumbeat of media coverage, it would be logical to assume that the most important products on wine and spirit retailer shelves these days are craft beers and spirits, or wines from recently-
discovered regions. But retailers know the real deal: a large percentage of their sales, and an untold amount of profit, come from the best-known and leading brands in any category. Volume in retailing is almost always king, and making...

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  • Make the Right High-Volume Merchandise Moves

    Judging by the constant drumbeat of media coverage, it would be logical to assume that the most important products on wine and spirit retailer shelves these days are craft beers and spirits, or wines from recently-
discovered regions. But retailers...
  • Retail Education: You Can Work on Vacation in Champagne!

    If you haven’t thought of Champagne as a holiday destination, now’s the time. The Champenois, with tourist boards in both La Marne and in Aube to the south, are ready for you and your family. Champagne symbolizes success, celebration,...

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  • No Excuse Not to Get Involved

    A few weeks ago I was in Washington, DC, meeting with a number of beverage industry associations and organizations to learn more about the people who are fighting on behalf of all members of our three-tier system. I spoke to groups representing retailers, on-premise licensees, distributors and suppliers about...
  • Tasting Santera Small-Batch Tequilas

    Premium tequila is increasingly popular among American drinkers. Mexican distilleries cannot produce the agave spirit fast enough to meet consumer demand. This has led some tequila-makers to harvest the heart (or piña) of their blue agave plants too early, according to Brennan Adams, Brand Ambassador for Santera, a new small-batch, premium...
  • Beer, Wine and Baseball

    Last weekend, I was in Cooperstown, NY with my wife for the Baseball Hall of Fame weekend. Instead of fighting the crowds (and the heat) to watch the induction ceremony on Sunday, we decided to spend the afternoon sampling some of the local beverages. We first tried to visit...
  • Piquing Interest In Pisco

    Pisco is among foreign spirits gaining from America’s craft-cocktail movement. A white Peruvian spirit distilled from wine, it’s similar in some aspects to grappa or brandy. To learn more, I recently sat down with pisco guru Johnny Schuler. Schuler is master distiller for Portón, the top-selling premium pisco in Peru....

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  • Wild Turkey Master’s Keep

    Marking his first release since being appointed to Master Distiller in January 2015 alongside his father, Eddie Russell and his Wild Turkey family announce the release of Wild Turkey Master’s...
  • Rogue Chipotle Whiskey

    Rogue Ales and Spirits has announced Rogue Chipotle Whiskey, small-batch whiskey distilled with Rogue Farms chipotle peppers. Rogue Chipotle Whiskey begins at the Rogue farm in Independence, Oregon, where two acres...
  • Hibiki Japanese Harmony Blended Whisky

    Beam Suntory has announced the U.S. introduction of Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky. Hibiki Japanese Harmony pays tribute to the original Hibiki first launched in 1989 to commemorate the Suntory philosophy...

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  • Vias Imports Acinum Italian Wines

    Vias Imports, Ltd., an importer of Italian wine in the U.S. market, announces the debut of the Acinum line of wine. This new brand is the first-ever proprietary wine within...
  • Club W 2014 Cocomero Rosato

    The rosé season is in full swing and Club W has unveiled their latest introduction, a 2014 Cocomero Rosato from Italy. Club W’s Wine Director, Katie Delaney, traveled to Tuscany to work with the winemaker on creating...
  • Shaw-Ross Expands with a Premium Wine Division

    Shaw-Ross International Importers today announced the formation of a premium wine division. The recently formed entity, The Lineage Collection, features some of the finest wines from the world’s top producers,...

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Beverage Stock Index

BrandSymbolPriceChange
Diageo plc Common StockDEO103.50(-0.8)
Ambev S.A. American DepositaryABEV5.12(-0.08)
Molson Coors Brewing Company ClTAP67.65(+0.69)
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The)SAM208.09(+0.08)
Castle Brands, Inc. Castle BranROX1.226(+0.01)
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA SponsorBUD106.37(-1.47)
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.BREW7.64(-0.07)
Brown Forman Inc Class B CommonBFB96.45(-0.97)
Data was last updated 9:38 AM, 09/ 4/2015

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  • Queen Bohemian Lager

    Eurobrew Inc. is teaming up with England’s RnR Brew, and the Schwarzenburg Brewery in Provitin in the Czech Republic, to import the band Queen’s latest beverage line: Queen Bohemian Lager. Queen’s inspiration...
  • ACDC Rock or Bust Imported Lager

    The rock band ACDC has joined forces with German brewer Karlsberg and Eurobrew Inc. to introduce a rock-inspired premium lager to the United States. Their ‘Rock or Bust’ beer...
  • Newcastle Brown Ale Fall Variety Pack

    Newcastle Brown Ale has announced the introduction of its second, limited-edition variety pack brewed in collaboration with Caledonian Brewery, one of the oldest a breweries in the U.K. Newcastle’s...

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  • There’s an App for that Alcohol

    How you buy a bottle of wine or order a cocktail at a bar could be quite different in a couple of years. The alcohol industry is digitizing. A slew of new websites and cellular apps are transforming the...
  • Two of a Kind: Pairing Wines with Proteins

    Helping customers determine what wines pair well with proteins can be a matter of overcoming misconceptions. With wine/meat matches, some people are inclined to plate chicken or fish with a white, or heavier meats with red. “It’s somewhat of...
  • More Photos from Spain

    There were too many photos to include in my Trip Report in the July/August issue, so here’s a collection of what we had to cut out. Thanks again to Freixenet USA for hosting me in Spain, giving me a...

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  • Weathering the Storm

    Martin Wine Cellar gives new meaning to the term “family business.” Although the company was founded...

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