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PENNSYLVANIA LOOKS TO EXPAND SPIRITS SALES

Senator Gene Yaw proposed a bill to expand spirits sales in the state of Pennsylvania. The proposed bill would allow the number of spirits outlets to increase by opening up spirits sales to beer retailers and grocery stores. David Wojnar, the Distilled Spirits Council VP of State government relations, supports expanding the number of outlets permitted to sell spirits in the state of Pennsylvania as he claims that it would provide greater customer convenience and choice, and also generate additional revenue for the state. Source: Wine & Spirits Daily April...

Still pubs’ could be coming soon to Illinois as legislation to license craft distillers passes state House

A bill pending approval by the Senate would create a license that allows small distillers to self-distribute their product. The legislation also includes an additional license that allows distillers to open up to three different locations where they can serve their in house spirits as well as other alcohol in a pub environment. This legislation will encourage craft distillers to build brand awareness and new revenue streams. Craft distillers in Illinois can potentially double as the state becomes more favorable to do business in than the surrounding states. Source: washingtontimesreporter.com April...

The Future of the Low End

According to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the low end’s share total wine and spirits in the US has decreased by -5.6% and -4.5%, respectively, within the past 5 years. IWSR Drinks Market analysis predicts that market share volume for low-end wine will decrease from 30.6% to 26.8% and 20.7% to 18.1% for spirits by 2022. According to Nielsen data, the $11+ segment for wine is doing the best across all price tiers. The $8-$11 segment was down about 1% in sales for the year through March 23 and 4.5% in the $4-$8 segment. Sales of premium and ultra-premium priced spirits were up by 6.7% and 9.1%, respectively. In comparison, sales of value spirits were down just over 3%, and mid-priced spirits were down nearly 1%. Source: Wine & Spirits Daily April...

California Harvest Reaches Two Billion Dollars

In the last year, the value of the California grapes and wineries reached 2.01 billion dollars, which was a drastic increase from the previous high of 1.5 billion dollars. The average price for Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties was 3,407 dollars a ton of 588,684 tons, which was 26 percent higher than the previous year. These figures were released this past Wednesday, with much anticipation to see the growth in the industry. Source: WSWA SmartBrief April...

Beer on the Rise

Beer is certainly on an upward trend. It is up in dollars and volume, three percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. This bumped beer up to 1 percent in volume, according to the latest IRI, and 11-12 percent volume growth for Flavored Malt Beverages (FMBs). The driving source of this increase is the domestic super premiums, which have been up 15 percent. Imported beer also did quite well, as they were up 7.4 percent. Craft, on the other hand, increased only three percent, and cider only one percent. Source: Beer Business Daily, April...

The Wine Institute Heads to Sacramento

The Wine Institute, which has been located in San Francisco for 85 years and represents about 1,000 wineries, is moving to Sacramento. The reason for the move has to do with being in closer proximity to lawmaking officials, after about 100 bills were passed this past year that affect the industry, consisting of sustainable groundwater, excise taxes, and farm policies. This move will be beneficial for the industry, as the institute realizes the industry is closely related to politics. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, April...