Control State Update April 7, 2015

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ONLINE LICENSING AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

Keeping up with changing technology is a struggle for any industry. With numerous online resources, mobile applications and tablet computers at their disposal, many control states are looking to modernize their systems and streamline internal and external processes. Investing in online platforms for licensing and training programs is one way to improve overall productivity and better serve licensee customers in the process. Click here to read more.

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GROWTH BRANDS 2015: RISING SPIRITS

The spirits industry is certainly in flux, as consumers move away from vodka toward whiskies and embrace flavored spirits in new categories. The cinnamon whisky, moonshine and premium Bourbon trends continue to mature, increasing competition within the category as brands fight for staying power. As that battle plays out, distilled spirits are also competing for market share with beer and wine as consumers cross categories more frequently. Click here to read more.


Product Watch
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PINNACLE CUCUMBER VODKA
Pinnacle Vodka has released a new flavor, Pinnacle Cucumber Vodka, a blend of ripe cucumber with notes of sweet vanilla, plus a smooth finish, according to the company. Pinnacle Cucumber is a 70-proof, five-times distilled vodka that can be drank chilled, on the rocks or in mixed cocktails. Click here to read more.
KAHLUA SALTED CARAMEL
Kahlúa is releasing its latest limited-edition offering, Kahlúa Salted Caramel. It blends salty and sweet, good for a frozen or iced cocktail to enjoy in warmer temperatures. The smooth notes of salted caramel balance with the taste of Kahlúa. Available at retail locations, Kahlúa Salted Caramel is 20% ABV. Click here to read more.
BIRD DOG CHOCOLATE AND APPLE
Bird Dog Whiskey has released two new flavors – Apple and Chocolate. Bird Dog Apple Whiskey delivers juicy apple flavor and finishes with a sweet, warm zest. Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey possesses a rich chocolate aroma, which is enjoyable straight up, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail. Click here to read more.
BOLS MARASCHINO LIQUEUR
Lucas Bols has announced the American launch of Bols Maraschino Liqueur. Bols Maraschino comes in a 750ml bottle and retails for $17.99 with 24% ABV. The Maraschino flavor first became popular in 18th century Europe. It was widely used during the “Golden Era” of the cocktail movement. Click here to read more.

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JACK FIRE
The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the nationwide release of their hot cinnamon spirit, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire. Following its successful limited release last year, the ‘Jack Fire’ is now available in all 50 states. Jack Fire brings together the character of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with a hot cinnamon spice liqueur. Click here to read more.
GRAND MACNISH SIX CASK EDITION
M.S. Walker, Inc. and MacDuff International have announced the exclusive U.S. release of Grand Macnish Six Cask Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Imported from Scotland, Grand Macnish Six Cask Edition combines six selected single malts – one from each of Scotland’s whisky producing regions. Click here to read more.
PATRÓN EXTRA AÑEJO 7 AÑOS 
Patrón Spirits has unveiled Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años, the oldest tequila the brand has ever produced. The story of this unplanned tequila – Patrón’s first-ever limited edition – begins more than seven years ago when just over 30 French oak barrels of ultra-premium Patrón tequila were tucked away in the aging room at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Click here to read more.
‘GLORY’ IRISH POITÍN
M.S. Walker has released West Cork Distillers’ “Glory” Irish Poitín into the Irish whiskey category. West Cork Distillers uses fresh, local ingredients of barley, beet sugar and Irish spring water and distills Glory Irish Poitín using a classic copper pot still method. In cocktails, served neat or on the rocks, “Glory” Irish Poitín is an alternative to other white spirits. Click here to read more.

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HORNITOS SPICED HONEY TEQUILA
Hornitos Tequila has introduced Hornitos Spiced Honey, which features 100% blue agave Hornitos Plata Tequila infused with natural honey flavor and a special spice blend. Hornitos Spiced Honey serves up a touch of floral honey, vanilla and a lingering spice finish. Click here to read more.
‘THE DOME’ CHARDONNAY
Cape Classics welcomes another addition to its range of wines: Lourensford “The Dome” Chardonnay. The highest peak of South Africa’s Helderberg Mountain, The Dome serves as the inspiration behind this chardonnay, and overlooks the valley below, where the vines grow in close proximity to the Lourens River at 656 feet above sea level. Click here to read more.
OLD FORESTER MINT JULEP 
Old Forester Mint Julep is a 60-proof, ready-to-serve cocktail made with Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, available for sale in select stores in late-March. Additionally, Churchill Downs will serve Old Forester Mint Julep, recently named “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby,” during the 141st Kentucky Derby. Click here to read more.
NEW BUZZBALLZ FLAVORS
BuzzBallz – the maker of premium, pre-made, ready-to-drink cocktails – has announced its new spring/summer flavors. They are Tea-Licious (a blend of iced tea and lemonade), Pineapple Passion (with fruit juice and a punch of sweet rum), Watermelon Smash and The Grapeness. Each BuzzBall is between 15%-20% ABV, mixed with vodka, rum, or tequila. Click here to read more.

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CORDIAL VOLATILITY

Perhaps the most changeable of spirit categories, the U.S. cordial and liqueur market overall saw a fine year in 2013 (the last year for which complete figures are available), up by more than five percent. Yet, you couldn’t tell it by looking at the numbers of some of the major and best-known brands, many of which have had a multi-year run of poor performances. Click here to read more.

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FLAVOR-PHILES

An entity as large as the $5.8 billion vodka category in the U.S. is not monolithic, and it’s not surprising that it’s split like an iceberg into two divergent subcategories (regular and flavored), each with its own consumer demographic, drinking occasion and growth arc. But flavor fatigue seems to be setting in, or perhaps fickle customers are straying to categories other than vodka for their flavor fix. Click here to read more.

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