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Stimulant cocktails on the rise in 2019

CBD (short for cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic compound in the cannabis plant) has been steadily growing in popularity. It is seen everywhere-from being incorporated into food, coffee, and soon one will be able to find it in bars. CBD oil will be fused into cocktails in 2019, with bartenders dabbling in hemp based syrups and other forms of CBD. Large beverage companies are investing in cannabis, so it will surely be seen this coming year. Source: WSWA SmartBrief December...

Nielsen’s Recent Craft Consumer Report

A recent Nielsen survey classified craft consumers into two separate categories, considered above average or “weekly” craft consumers and below average or “occasional” craft consumers. Forty five percent of all craft consumers are of the “weekly” variety and fifty five percent fall into the “occasional” category, defined as consuming several times per year. The “weekly” craft drinker is predominantly male, between the ages of 21 and 34, and makes between 75 and 99 thousand dollars annually. Roughly 47 percent of “weekly craft drinkers” reported they are drinking even more craft beer today compared to just a few years ago. Men aren’t the only ones drinking craft, Seventy percent of females responders identify as craft beer consumers, just slightly less than the 82 percent of male respondents who identify as craft beer consumers. Source: Brewbound,...

Canned wine will be one of the hottest trends of 2019

Canned wine has been steadily growing in popularity, seeing a doubling in growth year over year. 2019 is expected to meet and possibly even exceed that number. Thirty percent of craft beer is now sold in cans, and wine is anticipated to follow suit. BW 166 LLC, an alcohol market research firm, found that sales of canned wine in the past year rose just over forty three percent. Surprising considering that canned wine is currently only two percent of the entire wine category, with ninety percent being bottles and the remaining eight percent being boxed and bagged wine. Experts predict that by the end of the year canned wine will be a 50 million dollar business annually and expected to grow to a staggering thirty percent of the entire wine category within the next five years. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, December...

Prosecco Beginning to Outshine Champagne in Popularity

Sparkling wine has always been a popular choice among alcoholic beverage consumers. Whether it be cavas from Spain, Champagne from France, sparklers from California, or sekt from Germany. Surprisingly, the most popular sparkling wine today is prosecco. Prosecco sales made up twenty percent of total sparkling-wine sales in the U.S in 2017, which represents a staggering twenty one percent increase from just one year earlier. The glera grape which is used to make prosecco, producing a uniquely fresh and light beverage. The other sparkling wines in the segment are seen as more complex and sophisticated. Champagne is the most expensive sparkling wine in the segment, at times averaging $50 or more for bottle. The rising price of Champagne is another factor leading making consumers towards the more affordable prosecco. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, December...

Scottish Peat flavors now seen in American vodka

Scottish single-malt scotch has been known to incorporate the decaying vegetation of Peat wetlands in the distillation process, which displays smoky, briny, woody, or floral flavors. This element unique to scotch has now made its way to American whiskey, gin, rum, and surprisingly vodka. Peat-smoked spirits enhance the sophistication and complexity of the drink. Other areas of Eastern Europe and America’s Pacific Northwest are anticipated to experiment with peat-smoked characteristics to enhance the flavors, aromas, and sophistication of the product. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, December...

Excise Taxes Rates for Wine Across the Country

Some of the highest excise taxes on wine in the country are seen in the south. Kentucky has the highest at $3.47 per gallon, followed by Alaska at $2.50, and then Florida at $2.25, Iowa at $1.75 following with a tie between Alabama and New Mexico at $1.70. Excise taxes are paid on certain products, such as alcohol, cigarettes, soda, gasoline, among other goods. In most cases, excise taxes are passed directly to the consumer to display raised prices. The lowest excise taxes on wine in the country are seen in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, and New York, ranging between 20 and 30 cents per gallon. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, December...
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Craft Distillery Numbers Are On The Rise

The number of US craft distilleries has risen 26 percent. The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) compiled the data from recent years to find that in 2016 there were 1,315 distillers, which then rose to 1,589 in 2017. 32.7 percent of all craft distilleries are located in the West, with a total of 148 in California, the nation’s state with the most distilleries. The South, specifically Texas, North Carolina, and Kentucky, consist of 29.3 percent of all distilleries, followed by the Midwest and then Northeast with 19.1 percent and 18.9 percent respectively. Source: beveragedaily.com, October...

Organic wines growing in popularity and exposure

A 2018 wine survey including more than 750 wine industry importers, wholesalers, and retailers, was recently released showing the latest wine trends. Tops on the list of growing categories was organic wines. Organic wines, once considered a niche area 10 years ago, are now in the top three categories of wine globally. One of the most popular organic wines is rosé .  The rosé market as a whole has seen tremendous growth, with twenty five percent of respondents reporting that it will continue it’s impressive growth in the U.S.  Additionally, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot wines will continue to command the greatest demand over the next two years across the globe. Source: Wine & Spirits Daily, December...

Over 80% of Bartenders Plan on Adding Mocktail Options in 2019

Bartenders are letting us in on their exciting 2019 cocktail trends in a recent survey. Just over Eighty percent of bartenders surveyed stated they will start to incorporate more creative mocktail options; using house-made syrups, tonics, fermented ingredients, and non-alcoholic spirits such as Seedlip. Another trends is the shift towards more environmentally friendly choices. Eighty eight percent of bartenders are incorporating fresh and sustainable details to highlight their new coctails, such as incorporating edible garnishes, adding bee-hives, serving room-temperature cocktails, and portioning fewer ingredients in multiple items. Many also plan to experiment with creative, unique, and extraordinary flavor combinations, to create a surprise element for cocktail drinkers. This includes the nutritious addition of mushrooms. Surprisingly, seventy percent of bartenders are coming up with mushroom-infused drinks. Rose and turmeric are other ingredients and flavors that many bartenders surveyed expect to use in 2019. Source: Forbes.com, December...

E-Commerce is changing the spirits industry

E-commerce now penetrates almost every market segment in the U.S. and the alcoholic beverage industry is no exception. E-commerce began slowly due to the three tier system and a reluctance of many markets to expand online but over time sentiment and laws have softened. Experts now anticipate growth of 30 to 40 percent per year for at least the next five years as the sector expands. Early alcohol delivery services include: Drizly, Amazon, and Boxed, with others entering the market every quarter. These new services aim to make the purchasing of alcohol fast and convenient for the largest new market – tech-savvy millennials. These delivery services sell alcohol over the internet, have mobile applications, and some are planning bulk spirits delivery in the near...