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Realignment at the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

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As an agency that has been around since the repeal of Prohibition, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) has undergone many changes throughout the years — and 2023 was no exception. Until recently, the agency...

The 2023 Wine Growth Brands Awards: The Top Bottles

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After some slight ups and downs during the first three years of the pandemic, total wine consumption took a dip in 2022. It decreased 1.1% last year to 344.1 million 9-liter cases, according to...
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What’s Next for THC and CBD?

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nnabis is red hot these days, even as it hangs in a precarious balance between state and federal legislation. Despite this, THC and its milder, fully legal counterpart, CBD, continue to boom with consumers...

Exploring the Unexpected and Modern in Brandy

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Say what you will about brandy: no other spirits category spans a wider range of styles. From vegetal unaged pisco, to crisp Calvados, to rich, luscious, baking spice-tinged XO Cognac, brandy is brimming with...
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Our 2022 Holiday Alcohol Gift Guide

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Every year we round up a variety of holiday gifting options, sure to bring a smile to friends and family. From limited-edition packaging to new releases and value add-ons, we cover a variety of...

In Alcohol Retail, Cleanliness is Next to Profitability

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"Cleanliness is Next to Godliness" comes from Charles Wesley, credited as the founder of the Methodist Church, though perhaps the phrase can be adapted to our retail stores as, “Cleanliness is Next to Profitability.” We...

The Alcohol Brands Driving Meaningful Change in DEI

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The recent, much-needed emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the beverage alcohol industry is reflected by the rise of successful brands with diverse ownership. Gradually, industry leaders represent a broader range of...

Wine Sales Continue to Slide, According to 2022 Wine Handbook

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Wine sales continue to struggle, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2022 Wine Handbook, recently published. The wine category saw its volume fall -0.5% in 2021, dropping to its lowest point since 2018, with 348...

The Latest Trends in Sparkling Wine

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Perhaps no other beverage can generate attention like sparkling wine. Uncorking a bottle in a crowded dining room is known to elicit heads turning to find the origin of that quiet “pop,” not to...

Podcast: Alcohol Retail Technology in 2022

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In this episode of the podcast On & Off, covering the on- and off-premise of the alcohol industry, we delve into alcohol retail technology. The pandemic changed everything for this category. Suddenly, every retail store...

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