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Tag Archives: Retailing

• Trader Joe’s Joins Costco as Big Donor to Liquor Initiative

Trader Joe’s Joins Costco as Big Donor to Liquor Initiative

Costco is no longer the sole donor to I-1183, the liquor privatization measure on this November’s ballot. The measure takes the state out of the liquor store business and allows large scale retailers—at least 10,000 square feet—to sell booze in exchange for 17 percent of their annual liquor revenue. Under the measure, the state would […]

• Massachusetts ruling said to imperil state’s craft brewers

Massachusetts ruling said to imperil state’s craft brewers

From the Boston Globe: A rule change at the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission could hurt 25 craft breweries in Massachusetts, and some smaller beer makers say it could even put them out of business.Brewers such as Samuel Adams beer maker Boston Beer Co., Mayflower Brewing Co., Ipswich Ale Brewery, and others that operate under […]

• E. & J. Gallo buys Edna Valley Vineyard

E. & J. Gallo buys Edna Valley Vineyard

With its purchase of Edna Valley Vineyard, E. & J. Gallo Winery may be a new player in the Edna Valley wine scene. But the Modesto-based company, a global winemaking powerhouse, already has roots planted in San Luis Obispo County soil. E. & J. Gallo owns Sunnybrook Ranch, which boasts 700 acres on the east […]

• Wine.com boasts 25% growth in annual web sales

Wine.com boasts 25% growth in annual web sales

The online wine retailer reported $56 million in revenue. Wine merchant Wine.com Inc. found the right blend for its e-commerce business in fiscal 2011. The web-only retailer reported that it reached $56 million in sales for the year ended March 31, a 25% increase from the prior year. Wine.com, No. 239 in the Internet Retailer […]

• 21,000 bottle California heist of Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka

21,000 bottle California heist of Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka

Dan Aykroyd is the victim in a MASSIVE vodka heist — we’re told over 21,000 bottles of his  Crystal Head Vodka were stolen from a California warehouse recently … and get this, Dan ain’t even mad. Dan released a statement to TMZ — claiming, he is both “distressed and elated” after hearing that several hundred […]

• Details of Costco’s Olympia liquor privatization push

As we reported yesterday, Costco is cueing up a liquor privatization bill in Olympia. We have since spoken with Costco about the proposal. The bill is similar to I-1100, the liquor initiative that failed last year, in that the three-tiered regulatory setup would be dismantled. For example, retailers could buy directly from distilleries and retailers […]

• Maryland: Direct wine shipment bills pass key hurdles in legislature

Wine aficionados in Maryland may soon be able to order their favorite vintages directly from vineyards under bills overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by two legislative committees. The effort to legalize direct wine shipment has long been opposed by the powerful alcohol industry in Annapolis. Under pressure from consumers this year, however, lawmakers have embraced a compromise […]

• Say goodbye to alcohol tax in Mass. at stroke of midnight

Say goodbye to alcohol tax in Mass. at stroke of midnight

Out with the old, in with the new. Or in the case of Massachusetts shoppers, out with the old alcohol sales tax because, as the calendar flips to 2011, the state’s 6.25 percent levy on alcohol sold in stores will expire. Shoppers weren’t paying the tax long, but long enough in their minds. In 2009, […]

• Ontario, Canada Does Recycling Right With One Billion Bottles Recycled

Ontario, Canada Does Recycling Right With One Billion Bottles Recycled

Stacked end to end they would reach three quarters of the way to the moon. Today, the One Billionth liquor container was returned to The Beer Store under the Bag it Back program, the Ontario government’s highly successful deposit return program for wine, spirit and beer containers sold through LCBO and Ontario winery retail stores. […]

• Want to order wine online? Here's the lowdown on costs & shipping

Want to order wine online? Here's the lowdown on costs & shipping

Why shop online? Ordering your wine online not only affords you greater choice, it’s sometimes the only choice. For example, wineries may offer exclusive selections to the members of their wine clubs or certain retailers in states that allow direct importing may have wines you can’t find anywhere else in the country. On the other […]

• Maverick Enterprises, Ukiah wine capsule maker, increases production

Maverick Enterprises acquired production lines for making decorative plastic capsules for wine and spirits bottles to allow production to expand by about 30 percent amid strong demand from wineries. Though some higher-end wines have been switching to lower-cost plastic capsules, most use tin foil capsules for the luxury feel. Until a resurgence in sales of […]

• Seattle: Inside the liquor battle – who'd win, who wouldn't

Seattle: Inside the liquor battle – who'd win, who wouldn't

Thousands of small players including wineries, breweries and liquor-store managers fear for their livelihoods if Initiative 1100 passes. At the same time, others welcome a more open market, and restaurants and bars support a measure they say would mean more variety and lower prices. What worries Caleb Foster about Initiative 1100 is not that it […]

• Retail sales of $20-plus bottles up 22% compared to year ago

Retail sales of $20-plus bottles up 22% compared to year ago

Retail sales of $20-plus bottles up 22% compared to year ago

• More on the 2 Washington State Liquor Initiatives Both Supported & Opposed by Beer & Wine Sellers

As if the initiatives to privatize state-controlled liquor sales weren’t already complicated, booze sellers have now lined up on both sides of the fight. I-1100 and I-1105, which would put state liquor stores out of business, are backed by the fat wallets of beer and wine retailers and distributors hoping to cash in on a […]