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Organic wine is finally catching on

Around the world Organic wine currently makes up less than 5 percent of vineyards production. In the United States, the number 1 consumer of wine in the world, only 1 percent of wine sold by volume was organic last year. Strangely the organic craze has been slow to hit the wine market unlike other organic segments like vegetables, milk and tea. Experts believe that Organic wine didn’t initially catch on due to a poor reputation for quality, deserved or not. That sentiment is changing and Organic wine is growing in popularity with some Organic wines beginning to win prestigious awards. The rise can also be contributed to popular fine-dining restaurants in major North American cities. Source: hbr.org, April...

South Carolina House approved bill on state liquor license limits

The South Carolina House has approved a bill to re-establish the state’s limit on how many liquor stores a person or business may own. In a 100-1 vote earlier this month, the House agreed with a Senate proposal limiting liquor licenses based on whether a county has a population of more than 250,000 people. The new law maintains the current limit of 3 stores, except in seven counties which all have a population over the 250,000 population threshold. In counties over 250,000 population an individual or business can now own up to six stores. There are also now limits on the number of stores any owner is allowed to have in one county. The law stems from a 2017 state Supreme Court decision that overturned South Carolina’s old law limiting any owner to three liquor licenses. Governor Henry McMaster is expected to sign the bill into law soon. Source: ABC Columbia, April...
75th WSWA Convention

Park Street to Exhibit Premier Pavilion at 75th WSWA Convention

Contact: Park Street Marketing Team Email: marketing@parkstreet.com Telephone: (305) 967-7440   Park Street to Exhibit Premier Pavilion at 75th WSWA Convention Las Vegas, NV – The Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA) will be hosting their 75th annual convention and exposition this year. From Monday, April 30 to Thursday, May 3, wine and spirit distributors and suppliers alike will join at Caesar’s Palace to participate in the largest premier alcohol event.  As a long-time partner and supporter of WSWA, Park Street will be a lead exhibitor with a pavilion in the Octavius ballroom spanning booths #404-518 where 30 of their clients will present their craft brands for attendees to taste and enjoy. Park Street will also accept meetings and private discussions, open for scheduling at booth #418. Pioneered by CEO Dr. Harry Kohlmann and President Chris Mehringer, Park Street offers an innovative platform for craft wine and spirit brands to enter and expand in the U.S. market. Park Street is a leading provider of productivity-enhancing and cost-saving back office solutions, advisory services, and working capital to several thousand alcoholic beverage brands from the US and around the world. The company’s clients range from entrepreneurs to multi-brand global suppliers, and include craft distillers, centuries-old family businesses, award-winning wineries, innovation brands, and more. WSWA will host a variety of special events throughout the four day convention, including seminars, tasting and mixology competitions, and industry forums. The signature Taste of the Industry, a grand tasting highlighting a vast array of products, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm in the Forum Ballroom. WSWA’s 75th Annual Convention and Exposition will take...

Nielsen Spirits Update

Distilled spirits dollar sales were up 3.6 percent in the month of March, which was slightly below the 4 percent growth seen over the last 3 months. Across brown spirits, bourbon and Irish whiskey outperformed the total category and gained dollar share, while tequila continued its rein as the only outperformer in white spirits. Total distilled spirits dollar sales also grew by 3.6 percent in the month of March, which was slightly above the 3 percent growth seen over the last 3 months. Volume grew 2.3 percent as price/mix contributed 1.3 points to overall performance. Brown spirits remained strong, with bourbon, Canadian whiskey and Irish whiskey all posting better than category numbers well over 8 percent. Across white spirits, tequila posted sales growth of 8.8 percent with Vodka up 2.7 percent and Gin up .5 percent. Source: Cowen, April...

Tennessee Governor expected to sign Sunday sales legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign the new measure which would allow Tennesseans to buy bottles of wine and liquor on Sundays, currently not allowed in the state. The state Senate gave final approval last Wednesday to the legislation, narrowly passing in the chamber by a vote of 17-11, the bare minimum number of votes needed for approval. The bill passed the measure earlier in the week by a much larger margin. The new bill will legalize sales of bottled wine on Sundays and most major holidays in grocery stores beginning on January 1st 2019. For package stores the change would take effect immediately upon signing. The idea for this provision was to give small business owners a head start on the larger grocery chains. Sunday and holiday sales hours would match the current sales hours for beer of 10AM to 11PM. Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, April...

Online alcohol orders jumped 32 percent in 2017

Online alcohol delivery sales grew by over 32 percent last year, an average growth rate of 3 percent month-over-month according to the new survey conducted by Slice Intelligence. December, the largest month for alcohol beverage delivery, represented over 12 percent of total sales, according to the report. New players in the space are driving the expansive growth rate in the alcohol beverage delivery industry, with E-commerce growth up overall last year by 23 percent. Amazon, which began testing alcohol delivery in Seattle in 2015, has expanded to more cities this year via its Amazon Prime Now program, which now is operated through its new Whole Foods operations. Source: Retail Dive, April...

Texas company creates grapeless wine

Paradise Tropical Wines, a Texas company, recently announced that it has developed more than 40 grapeless wine blends made exclusively from pressed, fermented fruit. The owner says their wines are made from fruits like kiwis and blueberries. One of the benefits they found from producing grapeless wine is that it helps eliminate headaches and hangovers because there are no tannins in the blends. Tannins are the substance that is typically associated with giving people headaches and/or hangovers in traditional wine. The company believes they have produced a product that gives all of the benefits and flavor profiles of traditional wine but without the tannins offers a new option for today’s consumers. Some critics feel that their product should not be called Vino, but the owner disagrees, saying that wine is simply the art of fermentation. Source: 6abc.com, March...

Johnson Brothers acquires Mutual Distributing of North Carolina

Johnson Brothers, one of the nation’s largest wine, beer and spirits distributors, recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Mutual Distributing of North Carolina. This acquisition expands Johnson Brothers distribution area into the state of North Carolina as well as the portfolio of the brands it represents in the state. Johnson Brothers is a family-owned wine, spirits, and beer distributor that currently has operations in 24 states. The company has been in in the state of North Carolina since 1975 and is looking to expand its reach in the state with the new acquisition. Johnson Brothers will be celebrating their 65th anniversary in 2018. Mutual Distributing is one of the largest distributors in the state of North Carolina and services the entire state with over 700 employees operating out of seven full-service branch offices located throughout the state. Source: Johnson Brothers, March...

Burgeoning Bourbon barrel industry

The used bourbon barrel market has never been better. Not many years ago a used barrel used to only be worth about $15 dollars for secondary usage. Those used barrels can now command prices anywhere from $125 to, as high as, $400. Scotch and Irish Whiskey producers have been long time purchasers of used bourbon barrels, but distillers have found new and inventive ways to use their old barrels. The secondary markets are now as wide ranging as – aging soy sauce and other foods to the Historic Pen Company, which manufactures pens out of the used Bourbon barrels. Source: Americasbestracing.ent, March...

New Hampshire and Mexican government announce first of its kind partnership

New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets will be the first retailer in the nation to offer ultra-premium, craft Mexican tequilas through a new agreement just approved between The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) and the Mexican government. The new agreement was negotiated over the past year and gives NH customers exclusive access to some of the world’s finest craft tequila from the Mexican province of Jalisco. Jalisco is known to produce some of the most rare, ultra-premium craft tequila. The NH Liquor & Wine Outlets will be the first retailers in the nation to carry 23 tequila expressions from eight distilleries. Source: NHLC, March...