Industry News

• Trying to Create an American Model of Wine Futures

Trying to Create an American Model of Wine Futures

A couple trained in finance wanted access to rare Napa wines; they developed a new sales model. In 2005, Serge Marquié and Sally Wilkinson had a problem. After their twin sons were born, they wanted to secure some great wines from the boys’ birth year. But while they were able to get their hands on […]

• Drizly uncorks a second e-commerce revenue stream

Drizly uncorks a second e-commerce revenue stream

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Drizly, the Boston-based online alcohol delivery company, had inked a major deal with MillerCoors to cross-promote the delivery service. As part of the partnership, Drizly delivered cases of Miller Lite for free over the past weekend in four of its nine service cities. While the news of […]

• Right ON! Craft Beer Outsells Budweiser

Right ON! Craft Beer Outsells Budweiser

Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser has been the self-proclaimed “king of beers” for decades, shipping a whopping 50 million barrels a year at its peak of popularity in 1988. According to the Wall Street Journal, Budweiser’s popularity has sunk, and shipped 16 million barrels in 2013. It’s a significant number because craft beer shipments totaled 16.1 million barrels […]

• Why consumers buy drinks brands that reflect well on them

Why consumers buy drinks brands that reflect well on them

Andy Barrington, managing director at creative agency The Minimart, tells us how the consumer’s personal brand is affecting drinks marketing. Many now choose drinks brands based on how it can boost their own brands – think about the drinks selfie, Barrington says.

• Plymouth Gin Abandons Its ‘Geographic Indication’. Interesting.

Plymouth Gin Abandons Its ‘Geographic Indication’. Interesting.

Plymouth Gin was first distilled in 1793 on a site barely a hundred yards from the spot where the Pilgrim Fathers had set sail for America nearly two centuries before. The bottle shows the Mayflower on its label to this day. Back then, the idea of a European Union would have been laughable. Revolution raged […]

• Irish Bushmills sold to Mexican giant

Irish Bushmills sold to Mexican giant

One of Ireland’s best-known whiskey brands has been sold to the Mexican drinks company Jose Cuervo. The company confirmed the deal today. “We are immensely proud of these achievements, and while we recognise that today’s announcement does represent a change for Bushmills we are confident that Jose Cuervo – a company with a proven commitment […]

• Diageo Looks to Pour New Tech Into Liquor With Venture Unit

Diageo Looks to Pour New Tech Into Liquor With Venture Unit

Will you be able to check your liquor consumption through an app on your smartwatch that talks to an chip embedded into a bottle of Scotch? Diageo wants to find out. The world’s No. 1 spirits maker is looking for new ways to use technology to boost its drinks business and says it is ready […]

• Family owned, Wm Grant & Sons has 5% rise annual sales to $1.80bn

Family owned, Wm Grant & Sons has 5% rise annual sales to $1.80bn

William Grant & Sons is reporting sales growth of more than five per cent to £1.12 billion for the 2013 financial year. The family-owned company, which makes the single malt brands Glenfiddich and Balvenie, said sales rose to £1.12 billion last year, up from £1.06 billion in 2012 – marking the third straight year the […]

• AB InBev Beats Profit Predictions

AB InBev Beats Profit Predictions

AB Inbev has reported profit growth this quarter that has exceeded industry estimates, as sales in Brazil related to the World Cup helped to balance out a US slump. Earnings before deductions rose 9.5% to $4.85 billion (£2.66bn), significantly higher than the pre-results estimate of 8.2% which was reached by an average of industry expert predictions. The company […]

• Diageo net sales drop by £1.1 billion (approx $1,719,777,322)

Diageo net sales drop by £1.1 billion (approx $1,719,777,322)

Diageo saw its net sales tumble by £1.1 billion in 2014 with weak sales in emerging markets and a continued slowdown in China blamed, as the company posted its end of year results today. Overall the company reported a net profit of £2.25 billion, a drop of 8% on 2013, with net sales falling by 9% […]

• Pernod Ricard fails to meet alcohol marketing rules

Pernod Ricard fails to meet alcohol marketing rules

British trade body Portman Group has announced that French wines and spirits firm Pernod Ricard has failed to meet the alcohol marketing rules. The company is said to have failed to communicate the alcoholic nature of its Pernod spirit with absolute clarity. According to the Independent Complaints Panel, the front label on the spirit bottle […]

• Cider Makes Headway In US Market

Cider Makes Headway In US Market

Cider rang up $261 million in US retail sales during the year up to May 18 – an increase of 94% from a year earlier – as the drink treads the path beaten by craft and flavoured beers. Though craft and flavoured beers have been enjoying a rip-roaring rise in sales in the States, the […]

• In-flight sales fly high when planes go to the West Coast

In-flight sales fly high when planes go to the West Coast

Folks buy the most in-flight when they’re flying to the West Coast. That’s one of the findings from a snapshot taken by GuestLogix, a firm that provides the in-flight payment systems used by roughly 90% of the airlines in North America. A review of in-flight sales on five airlines, including some of the leading U.S. […]

• Alcoholic Beverage Market Driven by Increasing Disposable Income

Alcoholic Beverage Market Driven by Increasing Disposable Income

An alcoholic beverage is a drink that contains 3% – 40% ethanol, an active ingredient which is a psychoactive chemical with depressant qualities. The basic alcoholic beverages are beer, wine, and spirits, which are consumed in massive quantities worldwide. Beer is an alcoholic beverage manufactured by the hydrolysis of starch and fermentation of the obtained […]

• German Beer Industry At Risk As Beer Contaminated With Plastic

German Beer Industry At Risk As Beer Contaminated With Plastic

Invading plastic particles have been identified in a number of German beers threatening the country’s historic beer purity laws. All of the country’s biggest beer and mineral water brands tested were found to contain microscopic plastic fibres, according to a report by The Local, research released on Tuesday and commissioned by consumer rights magazine programme Markt has revealed. […]