What Alcohol Consumers are Buying During the COVID-19 Crisis

iquor stores nationwide have evolved with the coronavirus outbreak. While this crisis sadly decimated the on-premise industry, COVID-19 has sparked a sales boom for beverage alcohol retailers. Unable to visit bars and restaurants —...

Vermont Raises the Bar

Sluggish revenue. Antiquated warehouse processes. The growing threat of privatization. These were just some of the challenges facing Vermont’s Division of Liquor Control a few short years ago. But new leadership, and a top-down...

NHLC Surpasses $2.3 Million in Fundraising Effort

Over the past five years, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) has helped raise over $2.3 million for New Hampshire nonprofit organizations. Beginning in 2015, NHLC leadership undertook an effort to develop strategic partnerships with...

7 American Whiskey Trends in 2020

Brown spirits continue to boom in America. Although consumer education remains a bit behind — many people still don’t know the difference between bourbon and whiskey — interest in distilled spirits is very high. This is obviously...

What’s Hot in Tequila and Mezcal in 2020

Tequila and mezcal remain red hot. Both spirits tap into numerous trends that should keep the categories very much on the minds of consumers in 2020. Recent growth has been impressive. In 2018, tequila sales...

Talking Whiskey With Eddie Russell

What’s more traditional in the world of whiskey than the Russell family at Wild Turkey? You might say that bourbon is in their blood, this multigenerational team of master distillers. Today, Eddie Russell and...

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...

Live from ProWine China in Shanghai

ProWine China’s 2018 expo was held in November in Shanghai, where more than 18,000 visitors and 750 exhibitors from 39 countries gathered at one of Asia’s largest wine trade shows. I attended the show...

VABC Accepting Grant Applications for the Coming Year

In an effort to reduce underage and high-risk drinking, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is now accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2018-2019 Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant program. This is the fifth...

Jeff Painter Assumes Role of NABCA Chairman

Jeffrey L. Painter, chairman of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (Virginia ABC), assumed the role of Chairman of the NABCA Board during the May Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Painter succeeds Andrew J. Deloney,...

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