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A Lifetime of Service: Fred Wooton Becomes NABCA Chairman

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Fred Wooton is widely known among colleagues as “The Commissioner of Change.” Currently serving as Commissioner of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA), he has devoted his entire professional career to the...

The 2023 Spirits Growth Brands Awards — What’s Driving Sales

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The Growth Brands Awards are an annual program that determines and celebrates the fastest-growing and top-selling spirits, wines and beers in the U.S. These beverage alcohol brands fuel modern trends while maintaining consumer loyalty. Which...

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...

How to Fix Legal Cannabis

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Recreational cannabis sales have started in Connecticut. After lagging behind our New England neighbors for several years now, my home state finally has operational dispensaries. The number of people driving across state lines into...

Can Tequila Growth Continue Sustainably?

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Tequila and mezcal sales remain red hot in the U.S. This combined category grew 17.2% in 2022, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in their annual economic briefing in...
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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...

Why You Should Attend Industry Conferences

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When I first began traveling to trade shows for our family store, my father and I observed a ritual. Before I left, I went into his office. He would give me a pen. Holding the...

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