Interview: How Alcohol Distribution Evolved with Covid-19

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The 2020 pandemic greatly altered all tiers of the industry, including alcohol distribution. As Covid-19 first swept over the world, wholesalers, warehouses and shippers adapted rapidly. During this time of change, we spoke on the topic with...

Virginia Acts With Authority

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Beverage alcohol control in Virginia has fundamentally changed in recent years. Rather than a department or agency, the VABC now legally operates as an “authority.” Approval for this shift occurred during the 2015 General...

DISCUS Report: RTDs and Premiumization Boomed in 2020

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The annual economic briefing by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), conducted virtually today, confirmed the grim state of on-premise in 2020, while highlighting areas of industry growth. One of the winners...

10 American Whiskey Trends in 2021

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While Covid-19 shut down most of the world in 2020, whiskey aged in rickhouses all the same. The market for American brown spirits hardly cooled off. The boom in consumer interest continued throughout the...

Why RTDs Will Boom in 2021 and Beyond

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How hot are Ready to Drink cocktails (RTDs) in 2020? The category has grown 43% in global consumption this year, according to the IWSR, with U.S. consumers leading the charge. Moreover, the IWSR projects that...

Why Single Barrel Store Pick Whiskeys are Gaining Popularity

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Something interesting happened with store pick whiskeys in 2020. Retailers and clubs have selected and bottled their own single barrel whiskeys for some time. About a decade ago, pioneers like Lincoln Road Package Store in Mississippi, and Tippins...

Nice Job, New Hampshire!

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This is the sixth year that StateWays is recognizing control jurisdictions for their innovative programs through the Best Practices Awards. In addition to a number of strong winners in individual categories, this is the...

Tequila Sales Are Rising on Drizly in 2020. Why?

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The tequila boom has gained momentum during the pandemic. Sales continue to impress at retail and ecommerce platforms like Drizly — while celebrities including The Rock and Pitbull have gotten into the game. What’s going on? Reasons for this...

What Alcohol Consumers Are Buying, Months into COVID-19

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Forget months, March 2020 feels like it happened years ago. COVID-19 caught the country unprepared for a pandemic. Like everybody else, beverage alcohol retailers had to adapt rapidly. They faced a surge of panic purchases, questions whether...

Sharing Solutions — Zander Guy Leads NC Through Uncertain Times

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In years past, the role of National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA) chairman transitioned to the incoming leader at the organization’s annual conference, which was set to take place this year from May 18...

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