What’s Hot in Tequila and Mezcal in 2020

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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...

How Idaho’s Customer Focus Propels Growth

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Liquor in Idaho is the fifth largest source of revenue in the state. It generates more than the sales of cigarettes, other tobacco and beer and wine combined. Based in Boise, the Idaho State Liquor...

40 Alcohol Gift Ideas for Holiday Season 2019

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Holiday season is right around the corner. Soon, consumers will head out in search of gifts for friends, family and co-workers. High-end spirits, beer and wine remain a staple of gift giving — especially...

Talking Whiskey With Eddie Russell

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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...

What is Craft Tequila in 2019?

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What is craft tequila? Craft is a term tossed about by marketers, producers and consumers, but there are no laws regulating its use for beverage alcohol, and no real consensus as to what craft actually...

Summer Sparklers Heating Up

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As sparkling wine’s year-round popularity continues to increase, producers are taking notice and promoting their bubblies for the summer months. Special bottles. Recipes for summer cocktails featuring their products. Partnerships with summer events. All reinforcing...

The Advisory Committee Weighs In

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How are the control states investing, changing and innovating in the present in order to advance their future value? And how are supplier partners assisting (or sometimes leading) in that effort? To find out,...

Balancing Conflicting Priorities

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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

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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...

Increased Governance in Iowa

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Constant improvement: it’s something that’s essential in all business industries, and it’s a core philosophy of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD). For years, the agency has demonstrated its ongoing ability to identify and...

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