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Low ABV, Fruit-Flavored Beers Are In Demand

Breweries are embracing the idea of low ABV, fruit-flavored beers as the trend grows in popularity. This trend is driven by a greater demand for pure ingredients and transparency in the production processes. Another driving factor playing a role in the purchasing decision is the consumer’s concern for lower alcohol content.  A study conducted by the Brewers Association, Getting Inside the Mind of the Craft Beer Consumer, found that 29% of responders said that low ABV influenced their choice of craft beer. Health-conscious consumers are looking a low-calorie, low ABV, tasty beer to match their lifestyle. Source: Fortune April...

U.S. Senate bill would protect kombucha from excise tax

KOMBUCHA, “Keeping our Manufacturers from Being Unfairly Taxed while Championing Health Act”, is a bill that was introduced to protect kombucha manufacturers from excise tax on their products containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol. The bill proposed by U.S senator Ron Wyden would raise the limit on alcohol by volume for kombucha to 1.25 percent. If Kombucha is not kept cold when it is created, the alcohol level can potentially surpass the threshold. The director of project management at Kombucha Brewers argues that one would have to drink about five to ten kombucha servings to equal the amount of alcohol content in one beer. Kombucha manufacturers claim that the excise taxes currently imposed on them are hindering their ability to create more jobs and affect the industry’s growth rate. The industry has great potential as it has health and wellness attributes that attract many of today’s consumers. Reports by Grand View Research Inc. predict that kombucha will become a $5.45 billion industry globally by the year 2025. Source: The Bulletin April...

Whiskey sales top $1 billion in US

Irish whiskey sales in the U.S. reached $1 billion with a 12 percent increase in the last year. Conor McGregor’s successful launch for his whiskey Proper No. 12 attributed to the rise in Irish whisky sales. McGregor’s Proper No. 12 launched in the U.S. and Ireland and has expanded distribution to the UK and Australia. Since its launch it has shipped about 200,000 nine-liter cases. The Distilled Spirits Council reported that nearly 4.7 million nine-liter cases of Irish whiskey were sold in the U.S. in the last year resulting in $1.01 billion in revenues for distillers. This marks a 9.4 percent increase versus the year 2017 and compares with combined sales of just $74 million in the year 2003. The increase in sales can be attributed to drinkers’ desire to go from entry level brands to “high-end premium” and “super premium”.  Since the year 2002, high-end premium grew 1,106 percent while super premium whiskey grew 3.385 percent. Source: irishtimes.com April...

How will craft spirits change local pubs in Illinois?

Craft distillers and craft brewers in Illinois are on the rise as the number of bars and taverns shrink. The Bureau of Labor statistics reflect that the number of bar and taverns have decreased by 6.3 percent since the year 2010. The bar and tavern scene will continue to be greatly affected by craft distillers and craft brewers as new legislation proposed will grant them more power. Senate Bill 1190 would allow craft distillers to self-distribute up to 2,500 gallons of product. Senate Bill 1672 would also provide the benefits of self-distribution and in addition, would allow full retail privileges while increasing the amount of craft spirit sold at retail from 2,500 to 10,000. Under the proposed legislations, craft distillers would be allowed to promote and deliver their product in the market at a cheap cost. This privilege is not granted to bars and taverns which puts them at a competitive disadvantage to craft distillers. If these legislations being proposed are successful, it is likely that bars/taverns will lose market share. Source: irishliquorlawyer.com April...

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...