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Delaware votes to allow craft alcohol-makers to sell each other’s products

The state Senate voted unanimously last month to allow Delaware’s craft alcohol-makers to sell each other’s products, effectively allowing breweries to sell wine. Governor John Carney said in a statement, “Delaware has a thriving craft beverage industry that helps drive our $3 billion tourism economy. We’re always looking for ways to support our craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.” The new rule took effect once signed, allowing each of the state’s 30-plus alcohol makers to decide whether they want to sell their products at other craft locations and vice versa. Source: delawareonline.com, May...

Packaged imports grow by value over the last year

Total beverage alcohol imports, including bulk and packaged, grew 5.3 percent by value over the last twelve months and grew 5.5 percent by value over the last three months. 25 percent of all imported beverage alcohol by value came from Mexico over the last twelve months. Imported beer grew 3 percent by volume and grew 5.2 percent by value over the last twelve months. Surprisingly, 65.9 percent of imported beer by value comes from Mexico. Imported spirits grew just under one percent by volume and 5.1 percent by value. Imported wine grew 2.6 percent by volume and 7.5 percent by value over the last twelve months. Source: bw166.com May...

The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo returns for 8th year

The world’s largest gathering of small, independent and artisanal brands will converge on Chicago on Tuesday October 9th 2018 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel. The Expo started with just three small brands conducting a tasting in a bar in New York City just 10 years ago. It has now grown to become one of the most anticipated underground spirits tastings around. The CISE provides members of the service industry as well as consumers an opportunity to meet the new wave of creative and innovative distillers, indie bottlers, importers and distributors as they sample and speak about their spirits. Attendees will be able to review and sample over 600 spirits across all of the major spirits categories. Source: 2018 CISE, May...

The refillable beer bottle is making a comeback

In Oregon, seven craft breweries will start selling beer using reusable glass bottles next month in the country’s first statewide refillable beer bottle program. The seven initial breweries pioneered the program using their product lines, additional breweries are expected to join the state program in coming months. The program was developed and run by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the industry group in charge of collecting and recycling beverage containers for Oregon’s bottle deposit system. The reusable glass bottles look slightly different than a traditional beer bottle. They are designed to be more durable and have markings on them to indicate that they can be washed and reused up to 40 times instead of being destroyed or recycled after a single use. Source: opb.org, May...

Alaska Senate passes alcohol regulation bill

The Alaska State Senate passed a bill last month that would potentially rewrite many of the state’s current alcohol regulations. Senate Bill 76, introduced by Soldotna Republican Senator Peter Micciche, essentially seeks to update Title IV statues governing the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Alaska. The biggest change included in the bill is the regulation change that will now allow a manufacturer to own a retail license or beverage dispensary license. This would allow distilleries to manufacturer their product on site and purchase and operate under a normal beverage license as if it were a bar as long as the business purchased all of the proper licenses. The new title update also includes a clause regulating online sales of alcohol and create a winery direct shipment license which would allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers. This would apply only to wineries. Source: newsminer.com, May...

Constellation Brands changing distributors

As part of their total beverage alcohol strategy in the U.S., Constellation Brands decided last month to move their wine and spirits portfolio from Young’s Market to Columbia Distributing in both Washington and Oregon. The change became effective on June 1st, Columbia already handles distribution for Constellation’s beer portfolio. As part of the change Columbia will create a separate wine and spirits division. The company currently handles logistics for Young’s Market.  Young’s Market will continue to handle Constellation Brands portfolio in Alaska and Idaho. Source: Wine & Spirits Daily, May...

Online alcohol sales increase by 32.7 percent

The last twelve months have been a period of dramatic growth for the online deliver of wine. As the craze for more products delivered through online purchases the trend has spilled over to the alcoholic beverage market throughout the country. Data from the San Francisco based Slice Intelligence research notes that online alcohol delivery grew by a very impressive 32.7 percent in 2017. In the same period, internet sales increased at an average rate of 3 percent month over month. December was the highest revenue-earning month of 2017, making up 12.2 percent of total annual sales. The key factor researchers say is convenience, shoppers are getting used to the idea of having goods delivered directly to their homes and that trend doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. Source: Wine-Searcher, May...

Commissaries to begin selling beer and wine

Within the next few months commissaries will start selling beer and wine according to a memo written by a Defense Department official. “The availability of beer and wine at military commissary stores will increase customer satisfaction and convenience, and align with common commercial grocery store practices” said Robert Wilkie, the department’s undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Beer and wine sales will begin within 60 days, however, hard liquor is excluded from the new policy, according to the memo. Commissary alcohol prices will be comparable to those at military exchanges. Source: Stars and Stripes, May...

Japanese scientists making alcohol from wood

Drinkers could be enjoying a new type of alcoholic beverages after Japanese scientists report that they have invented a way to produce alcohol from wood. The alcoholic strength is similar to a rice-wine sake and could be available on store shelfs in as little as three years. Researchers from Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute have been testing the method of producing drinkable alcohol since June of 2009. The drinks they are making from tree bark are said to be similar to drinks aged in wooden barrels. To make the drinks, scientists had to pulverize the tree bark into paste, then hydrolysed it with a commercial cellulose enzyme to obtain sugar from it. After that the process is fairly straight forward, fermenting the sugar using yeast. Source: news.sky.com May...

Park Street Sponsors Emerging Brands at Bar Convent Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY – The first ever Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) will take place next Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday June 13. As an expansion of the event from Berlin, BCB will serve as a channel between premium brands and influencers in the bar and beverage industry across the globe. The show offers a place to network, share knowledge, explore the newest trends and products, and realize great business opportunities. Park Street Companies has become closely linked with BCB, acting as the sponsor for the Emerging Brands Pavilion, spanning from booths # 311-1 through #311-25. It is here where new venture beverage brands will be able to present their product for attendees to taste and enjoy. Additionally, Park Street has arranged the Park Street University: Seminars for Spirits Entrepreneurs, a program of presentations led by industry leaders where brand owners can take the opportunity to learn from leading professionals, spearheaded by Park Street CEO Harry Kohlmann, PhD. Please refer to the below listing for a schedule of the speaking engagements. Tuesday, June 12th 2:00pm – 3:00pm US Route-to-Market Strategies in a Consolidated Distributor Landscape Harry Kohlmann, PhD, CEO, Park Street Companies   Tuesday, June 12th 4:00pm – 5:00pm Deal Making: Acquisitions and Valuations Moderator: Ryan Malkin, Esq., Principal Attorney, Malkin Law Panelists: Nick Papanicolaou, New Brand Ventures, Pernod Ricard USA Paul Hletko, Founder, FEW Spirits Kristen Bareuther, Managing Director, First Beverage Group Steve Luttman, Marketing & Ventures Director, Tortoise & Volt   Wednesday, June 13th 2:00pm – 3:00pm Self-Distribution 101 Susan Mooney, Founder & CEO, Spirits Consulting Group   Wednesday, June 13th 4:00pm – 5:00pm How to Build a Brand...