Canadian Distiller Seeks Tax Break to Produce in Upstate New York

Sanborn Distillery Corp., the U.S. arm of Anat Inc., a Canadian liquor company, is seeking a 15-year property tax break and a sales tax exemption for a $1.1 million distillery in Vantage International Pointe, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency-controlled industrial park off Lockport Road in Wheatfield, N.Y.

Leon Safir, owner, told The Buffalo News that Anat Inc., which blends and bottles whiskey, vodka and gin in Toronto, exports most of its product to the U.S. He said he intends to carry out some blending work in Wheatfield as well as producing the apple-based vodka, which he said is called kalvados. Continue reading

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Breakthru Beverage B-F’s Distributor of the Year

Breakthru Beverage Illinois was named Brown-Forman’s Heavyweight Distributor of the Year and, Breakthru Beverage South Carolina was named its Continue reading

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Jim Harrelson, founder of Do Good Distillery, Dies at 38

Cause of death was a heart attack.  Before founding the Modesto, Calif., craft distillery in 2013, Harrelson was a deputy sheriff and detective in the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.  His family said the company’s name comes from the Benjamin Franklin attributed quote “Do well by doing good.”

Harrelson was serving as president of the California Artisanal Distillers Guild and last year helped to successfully lobby to change the law and allow small-batch distillers to sell their products on their properties.  Read more, here, from The Modesto Bee.

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F.Y.I. —

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart

Folks on the coasts have been wondering how Donald Trump ever got elected President.  Hillary was a severely flawed candidate, who ran a lousy campaign.  But that’s not the whole story as The Wall Street Journal and others (including us a couple of times) have documented.

The bottom line:  Middle- and lower-class Americans have seen their incomes stagnate, while the top 2.5% have benefited from a number of policies, including “free” trade, open borders, an easing of the post-Great Depression rules on financial activity.  Still, this chart in The New York Times is stunning.  It really does tell you all you need to know to understand why Trump became president.

Some Colleges Have More Students from the Top 1%

Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours.

Colleges often promote their role in helping poorer students rise in life, and their commitments to affordability. But some elite colleges have focused more on being affordable to low-income families than on expanding access. “Free tuition only helps if you can get in,” said Danny Yagan, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the authors of the study.

The study provides the most comprehensive look at how well or how poorly colleges have built an economically diverse student body. The researchers tracked about 30 million students born between 1980 and 1991, linking anonymized tax returns to attendance records from nearly every college in the country.

These patterns are important because previous research has found that there are many highly qualified lower-income students who do not attend selective colleges – and because the low- and middle-income students who do attend top colleges fare almost as well as rich students.

Even though they face challenges that other students do not, lower-income students end up earning almost as much on average as affluent students who attend the same college.  Read more here, also from The New York Times.

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Want to Have a Healthy Mind in a Healthy (Older) Body? Drink a Bit

Among white, middle-class men and women 85 and older, individuals who consumed “moderate to heavy” amounts of alcohol five to seven days a week were twice as likely to be cognitively healthy than non-drinkers, according to a new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Previous studies have found a correlation between moderate alcohol intake and longevity.

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Black Box Wines Launches Rewards Program

Black Box Wines, the best-selling premium 3 liter boxed wine in the U.S., launched Black Box Rewards – a new loyalty program for its U.S. consumers.

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