Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

Now There’s a Distributor Who Welcomes Truly Small Brands

Any maker of wine, spirits or beer – regardless of size – can easily set up distribution through Liberation Distribution (LibDib), which is launching today in California and New York.  It’s expected to launch in other states later this year. … Continue reading

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Brown-Forman Sees 3-5% Average Growth for Jack Daniel’s Over 10 Years

What’s next for Jack Daniel’s, a brand family that has shown a 5% average annual growth in shipments over the past 30 years? Brown-Forman’s approach to brand building is “continued thoughtful innovation,” Mark McCallum, EVP/President, Jack Daniel’s Brands, told an … Continue reading

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Cheers! Prohibition Was Repealed 83 Years Ago Today

Raise a glass and cheer.  Repeal of Prohibition occurred Dec. 5, 1933, when Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah voted to repeal the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which had imposed Prohibition upon the land. Repeal had become a central plank of … Continue reading

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Bacardi: We’ve Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half

Our view on the climate change controversy is simple:  We don’t think it matters whether it is true or not.  A great deal of the measures to reduce climate change can improve the efficiency and profitability of business, and therefore … Continue reading

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Billionaire Secrets to Drinking Wine (When You’re Not a Billionaire)

Avoid ordering wine by the glass, know how to spot sneaky sommeliers, and recognize that a high price does not always mean quality. Those are some of the tips Mark Oldman, a two-time winner of the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine … Continue reading

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Quintessential to Import Alexandre Relvas Wines

Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas, the family-owned Portuguese producer, selected  Quintessential, to represent its wines in the U.S. Alexandre Relvas, Jr. is chief winemaker, and his younger brother Antonio, handles the commercial side of the business. “Wine lovers are only lately … Continue reading

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