Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

EU Spirits Exports Top $11.08 Billion; Impact of Brexit Uncertain

After a small decrease in 2014, European Union spirits bounced back in 2015 with export sales reaching over €10 billion ($11.08 billion), SpiritsEurope said.  This positive performance makes a significant contribution to EU economies in creating growth and jobs.  However, … Continue reading

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Johnnie Walker to Be 1st Global Brand to Have Alcohol Content Labels

Diageo announced in London that Johnnie Walker will be the first global brand to provide per serving alcohol content and nutritional information on pack. The move follows approval by Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau of labels in the … Continue reading

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Mendocino Wine Purchases Offbeat Brands’ Wine Portfolio

Mendocino Wine Co., owners of Parducci Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s longest running winery, has purchased the fast-growing, innovative wine portfolio of Offbeat Brands. Offbeat Brands, was created by Mike Kenton, who will join Mendocino Wine to lead strategic channel management.  Kenton … Continue reading

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Kentucky Mist Moonshine Joins Kentucky Distillers Assn

It’s the 28th member of the statewide association, whose members produce 90% of the world’s bourbon.

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Diageo to Use Virtual Reality in Bid to Curb Drunk Driving

Diageo North America said it plans to roll out a first-of-its-kind immersive virtual reality (VR) technology that will allow consumers of legal drinking age to experience the many pitfalls associated with irresponsible drinking. The program is being spearheaded by Diageo’s … Continue reading

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CBrands Net Jumps 33% on 15% Gain in Sales

Constellation Brands said net profit soared 33% $318 million, or $1.55 a share, in the first quarter on a 15% sales gain to $1.872 billion. Net sales for beer increased 19 percent. This was primarily due to a 15 percent … Continue reading

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