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Tag Archives: Retail

• Just 3 Firms Account for 50%+ of Sales in U.S. Wine Industry

Just 3 Firms Account for 50%+ of Sales in U.S. Wine Industry

No other section of the supermarket offers as many choices as the wine aisle. A typical retailer is likely to have hundreds of unique wines on its shelves. Just three firms, however, account for more than half of the wine sales in the United States. What impact does this industry concentration have on consumer choices? […]

• Judge rules Kentucky liquor sales law flawed

Judge rules Kentucky liquor sales law flawed

Kentucky’s seven-decade old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ordered that the ban may remain in place for the time being […]

• Isn’t it time for Canada to privatize liquor distribution?

Isn’t it time for Canada to privatize liquor distribution?

Outside of Alberta, Canada’s liquor distribution models are just plain wacky. In most provinces, the government controls the distribution of alcohol through publicly owned warehouses and retail outlets. In British Columbia, for example, all retail liquor sales must be purchased through the government’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), which acts as the worldwide buyer and distributor […]

• What do Americans spend on alcohol?

What do Americans spend on alcohol?

The amount we spend on beer, wine and spirits hasn’t changed much in 30 years, but where we spend it has. What percentage of your spending goes toward booze? If you’re an average American consumer, 1% of your spending is dedicated to beer, wine and spirits — or about $1 of every $100, NPR reports, […]

• Wow. Gadget to detect fake alcohol invented without opening bottle

Wow. Gadget to detect fake alcohol invented without opening bottle

UK scientists have developed a gadget that helps users detect fake alcoholic drinks without opening the bottle. As the battle continues against counterfeit alcohol, a team at the University of Leicester Space Research Centre have invented a device that uses a beam of light to analyse a bottle’s contents through the glass. The device provides […]

• California bill banning alcohol sales at self-checkout stands advances

California bill banning alcohol sales at self-checkout stands advances

Advocates of the measure say it would make it harder for teens to buy beer, wine and liquor. Supermarket chains say it’s a cynical attempt by a union to fight labor-saving technology. Rob Gokee and Allison Vanore know that buying wine at their neighborhood Fresh & Easy near the USC campus can be something of […]

• California State Assembly bill would halt self-checkout alcohol sales

California State Assembly bill would halt self-checkout alcohol sales

A state lawmaker hopes to curb the sale of alcohol to minors by targeting self-serve scanning stands at supermarkets and preventing people from cheating the system. The grocery industry says its customers love the self-serve checkout service, and there’s no evidence the new technology helps kids buy alcohol. A growing movement says it does. More […]

• Bad Idea. NY Legislation Will Wipe Out “Gray Market” For Fine Wine

Bad Idea. NY Legislation Will Wipe Out “Gray Market” For Fine Wine

Proposed legislation in New York State will impose heavy restrictions on the sale of rare, collectable wines.  Bill No. A06884, introduced by the New York State Committee on Economic Development, will require restaurants and retail stores to purchase wine from a “primary source” – an authorized distributor who must be clearly identified, thereby eliminating the […]

WA State SB 5650: Allow craft distilleries to sell at qualifying farmers markets

Brief History: Committee Activity: Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: 2/08/11. SENATE COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE & CONSUMER PROTECTION Background: Currently, domestic wineries, domestic breweries, and microbreweries can purchase an endorsement from the Liquor Control Board (LCB) which permits them to sell their own products at retail for off premises consumption at qualifying farmers markets authorized […]

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• California Wineries heading to China for 6th Shanghai Wine Trade Fair

California Wineries heading to China for 6th Shanghai Wine Trade Fair

In an effort to help winery owners and operators tap into the booming Chinese wine market, OWD Wine is assembling a group of award-winning wineries to exhibit at the Shanghai Wine Trade Fair, early this summer. From 2005 and 2009, wine consumption increased over 100% according to figures from International Wine and Spirit Research. IWSR […]

• Tennessee: You may soon be able to buy wine in a grocery store

Tennessee: You may soon be able to buy wine in a grocery store

New bill has backing of legislative leaders. A long bottled-up effort to loosen restrictions on wine sales is getting a new push this year, raising the possibility that Tennesseans will be able to buy a bottle of chardonnay at their local supermarket by this summer. State lawmakers, including some longtime opponents, say support is building […]

• Idaho considers privatizing liquor sales

BOISE — Privatizing Idaho’s liquor distribution system might be feasible, but the state could realize substantial savings even with the existing structure, a new report concludes. The report was produced by the Office of Performance Evaluation, which analyzes state agencies for the Legislature. It was asked last year to evaluate the efficiency of the State […]

• Gift Cards: The Best And Worst

Gift Cards: The Best And Worst

Some national chains bend over backward to make redemption easy, while others pile on fees and restrictions. What to give for Christmas when you don’t have time to shop? Gift cards, of course. In recent years cards have become one of the season’s most popular items, perfect for busy shoppers who want to avoid putting […]

• Alcohol Companies Holding Back On Discounts For Holiday Season

Alcohol Companies Holding Back On Discounts For Holiday Season

Happy hour might be more expensive this holiday season, as makers and importers of wine and spirits plan to rely less on discounts to score big sales this holiday season. Exact figures for 2009 price cuts were unavailable, but analysts say price-based promotions made a serious dent in bottom lines. While beverage companies won’t be […]

• Washington State: Booze Clues for the Two Liquor initiatives

The two liquor initiatives on the ballot are way more mysterious than they seem. Do you want to be able to buy Jack Daniels at the grocery store or not? It seems simple, but the two initiatives posing this question on the November ballot are more complex than they seem. Both initiatives — 1100 and […]