Recognizing the Top Alcohol Brands and Trends

EPG Media annually recognizes the fastest-selling spirits and wine alcohol brands, and their top producers, with our Growth Brands Awards. We were set to present these prizes at Las Vegas during WSWA 2020, but obviously that did...

How Liquor Stores Adapted to the COVID-19 Crisis

Alcohol remains essential. As states across the country reacted to the coronavirus outbreak by locking down businesses — devastating on-premise — liquor stores wondered whether they, too, would have to shutter. So far, with rare...

Painter Steps Down As Chairman of VABC Board of Directors

After more than a decade of service to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC), Chairman Jeff Painter last week announced his departure from the organization, effective Dec. 1. “Jeff’s steady leadership and deliberate decision...

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Releases Annual Report

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) has released its fiscal year 2019 annual report. Overall, total liquor sales increased 6.1% over the previous fiscal year to $339 million, and $126 million was transferred to the...

Ohio Named 2019 Control States Best Practices ‘Best of the Best’

For the fifth year, StateWays is proud to recognize the most innovative programs and ideas in the control state system with our Best Practices Awards. This year, winning agencies represent the best in retailing,...

Virginia ABC Welcomes Autumn Harvest of New Products

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has added 17 new products to its catalog of more than 3,000 distilled spirits, Virginia wines and mixers. This autumn’s class of spirits represent a variety of categories...

Inside a Washington State Cannabis Grow Operation

Cannabis is big business in Washington State. Six years after the state first legalized recreational pot, the industry has grown to $361 million in annual revenue. This requires constant crop harvests to keep up....

Control State Profile: West Virginia

Pictured atop: Front: General Counsel Anoop Bhasin, IT Director Randy Haynes, Commissioner Wooton and Beer Division Admin Cindy Clark. Middle: Spirits and ine Division Admin Kim Hayes, Executive Secretary Lynn Patrick, Spokesman Gig Robinson,...

The Advisory Committee Weighs In

How are the control states investing, changing and innovating in the present in order to advance their future value? And how are supplier partners assisting (or sometimes leading) in that effort? To find out,...

Balancing Conflicting Priorities

Control states often juggle many conflicting priorities. In addition to being large revenue generators for their respective states, control states are generally charged with overseeing enforcement and education as well. As Director of the...

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