Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

What’s Driving Acquisition of Craft Distillers? Fear. What Big – and Small – Distillers Need to Consider in the M&A Dance

Large distilled spirits companies have looked at what’s happened in the beer space and vowed not to repeat the same mistake.

The “mistake,” of course, was ignoring the growth of craft beer until Big Beer found that, like Pac Man, craft brewers were steadily eating away at Big Beer’s market share.

We interviewed Akshat Dubey and Rakesh Mani, who are members of PwC’s strategy consulting business about what large players should look for in the small companies they seek to acquire – and what small companies should do to increase their attractiveness to large bev/al firms. . Continue reading

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How Amazon’s Whole Foods Merger Will Disrupt Bev/Al

When Amazon.com agreed to acquire Whole Foods Markets, there was a lot of chatter about the impact on major grocery chains such as Kroger Co. But Tucker Herndon, a partner with Burr & Forman, a 300-person Nashville law firm, thinks … Continue reading

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. . . And Kimo Sabe Mezcal Also Collects Expressions

Kimo Sabe, the fastest growing Mezcal brand in the U.S., announced it is launching a rare, limited release luxury line of Mezcal titled Colección de las Maravillas, with the first edition of the collection, Cinco de Noviembre, set to debut … Continue reading

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Forget All the Paris Accord Hysteria. It’s a Phony Deal

“No country is required by this agreement to do anything except what that country decided to do for itself.”  That’s not some right-wing nut talking.  That’s John Kerry, President Obama’s secretary of state, who negotiated the agreement on the CBS … Continue reading

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How Cheryl Durzy Plans to Help Really Small Wineries, Breweries, Distillers

She’s launched a new firm, Liberation Distribution.  Hear, in her own words, how it may change the distribution options available to producers — especially small producers.

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25 Representatives Call for Reversal of Havana Club License

Twenty-five members of Congress signed a letter calling for a reversal of the Obama Administration’s “unprecedented decision to grant a license to allow Cubaexport, an entity wholly owned by the Cuban government, to renew an expired trademark for Havana Club … Continue reading

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