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  • 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...

  • Retailer Wine Reviews: American Cabs

    We asked members of our panel to review their favorite Cabernet Sauvignons from the U.S. (California as well as other states). As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine’s retail price (which can vary from store to store and market to market). If you’re a beverage professional with a specialty in wine and you’re interested in participating in the panel, please contact associate editor Kyle Swartz at kswartz@specialtyim.com or...

  • Ale To the Chief: IPA Reviews

    For our inaugural National Beer Panel reviews, we asked panelists to taste IPAs (India pale ales). These reviews include brief tasting notes, ratings and information about ABV and IBUs. All beers should be widely available (for sale in at least three major metro markets). If you’re a retail or on-premise beer professional who would like to learn more about participating in our panel, please contact associate editor Kyle Swartz at 203-855-8499 ext. 225 or...

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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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  • Braai: Barbecue, Wine, and Cultural Spirituality

    Ideal ingredients for a get-together: Barbecue, wine, friends and family. The latter few — BBQ, and those closest to you — pair so naturally that South Africa has turned them into a year-round tradition known as braai (which rhymes with “eye”). Mix in wine, and you have all the makings for...
  • Harmony in Japanese Whisky

    Blended whiskey is a balance act of dissimilar spirits. This is particularly true of Japanese whisky. Distilleries in this category often produce a wide variety of whiskeys that are mixed together for the brand’s signature blend. So it is for Suntory’s aptly named newest expression: Hibiki Japanese Harmony. The spirit utilizes...
  • Shining a Light on Viniq

    Talk about a beverage tailored towards social media. Viniq Shimmery Liqueur holds true to its name and shimmers when moved. Give the bottle or glass a shake and gleaming white lines like gusts of air lift off and flow through the liquid. The effect is definitely cool looking. I received...
  • A Week in Spain Wasn’t Long Enough

    In April I spent a week traveling across Spain, visiting a number of wineries and sampling vastly different wines as I made my way from Galicia on the Atlantic coast to Tarragona on the Mediterranean.   The photo above was taken at Valdubon Winery in Milagro, part of the...

Spirits Category Updates More Stories

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...

Wine Category Updates More Stories

  • Cape Classics Imports Philippe Pacalet French Wines

    Cape Classics continues to grow its French portfolio with the addition of seven Philippe Pacalet wines. Pacalet approaches winemaking with an innovative style, the company says, relying on independently...
  • Don Miguel Gascón Malbecs

    Don Miguel Gascón has announced two new Malbecs to their line: their 2012 Reserva Malbec, and 2014 Malbec. The Don Miguel Gascón 2012 Reserva Malbec opens with ripe aromas of...

Industry Calendar

Beverage Stock Index

BrandSymbolPriceChange
Diageo plc Common StockDEO114.50(-0.41)
Ambev S.A. American DepositaryABEV5.65(-0.16)
Molson Coors Brewing Company ClTAP70.00(-0.82)
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The)SAM224.15(+1.19)
Castle Brands, Inc. Castle BranROX1.24(-0.02)
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA SponsorBUD124.39(-1.41)
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.BREW10.02(-0.33)
Brown Forman Inc Class B CommonBFB102.33(+0.08)
Data was last updated 4:33 PM, 07/24/2015

Beer Category Updates More Stories

  • 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...
  • Sapporo Premium Light Larger Bottles

    Sapporo, one of the top selling Asian beers in the U.S., has announced the release of Sapporo Premium Light in larger 20.3 oz. (600 ml.) bottles. The new bottles will...
  • Beers of Mexico Variety Pack

    Heineken USA has announced the return of its Beers of Mexico variety pack. Joining the mix of past brews Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol is newcomer Dos Equis Roja: a red lager...

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  • 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...
  • Leaving a Legacy in Spirits

    Who wouldn’t dream of creating a cocktail with lasting international appeal? The annual Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition seeks such a drink. Held last April, the 2015 event welcomed 34 preeminent bartenders — each won competitions in their own countries — to...
  • Cider Blossoms

    The hard cider category may trail behind wine and beer in sales, but it’s quickly making up ground. Leading cider brands grew 57.8% between 2013 and 2014, according to information collected by the Beverage Information and Insights Group. Sales...

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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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