Irish Spirits Express

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All aboard. The Irish spirits segment is following many different tracks. For years, the big story out of Ireland has been the double-digit increases in the whiskey category. That phenomenal growth shows no signs of slowing down, agree all the major players. That momentum has spurred many new developments, including a new major player, distillery expansions, tourism, additional expressions, packaging changes, re-launches, and even a new category of liquid.

The 2013 Wine and Spirits Growth Brand Award Winners

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StateWays' coverage of this year's winners of the Beverage Information Group's annual honors.

Moscato Madness

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The varietal's exponential growth in the U.S. market has proven to be more than just a fad. Today, the moscato category is a whopping 10 million cases strong and still growing. Indeed, it now represents just under 4% of varietal wine sales in the U.S. The trend has brands and marketers wondering, just what is driving this unprecedented boom?

Profile: The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

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Having just celebrated its 75th anniversary, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board keeps improving with age.

2012 Control States Fiscal Year in Review

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The latest financial data from the control states for fiscal year 2012. Includes information about sales, store count, number of employees, contribution to state revenues, and other statistics.

2012 StateWays Holiday Merchandising

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StateWays showcases the latest holiday gift packs, gift sets, shelf talkers, and other off-premise holiday promotions. Spirits brands are pairing their products with everything from glasses to ice trays to smaller bottles of new flavors this year. Check out some of the best here.

Innovation Drives Cognac

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While American brandies see a modest decline, the higher-priced cousin moves up.

Many Moving Parts

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Revamping a control state agency's computer systems is a complicated process.

Control States Executive Forum

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Top control state executives discuss the latest developments within their jurisdictions.

Prosecco Makes Its Case

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The star of the latest bubbly act in America may just be Prosecco, with its unassuming nature, modest price and perfect flavor profile (fresh fruit from the Charmat fermentation method, uncomplicated and instantly likeable) that is appealing on its own and adds so much to mixed drinks. It can stand on its own, but is also used in a variety of mixed drinks.

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