Growth Brand Awards

The Growth Brand Awards have recognized successful beverage alcohol brands since 1997. Growth Brands are divided into four categories (Fast Track, Rising Star, Established Growth Brands and Comeback Brands) for wine and spirits. The winners are announced each year in the March/April issue of StateWays.

Congratulations to all the Wine & Spirit winners from 2021! We’ll begin collecting sales data for the 2022 Growth Brands Awards in December.

For more information about the Growth Brands program, please contact Manager of Information Services Marina Velez at mvelez@epgmediallc.com or 763-383-4400 x2212.

AWARD CRITERIA

The winning brands are determined by the Beverage Information & Insights Group, which tracks case sales throughout the year. All awards are given based on sales the prior calendar year. To be eligible, wine and spirit brands must have met the following criteria:

Rising Stars: Must be less than five years old and have exhibited growth in each year of the brand’s lifetime, reaching at least 20,000 9-liter cases in 2021.

Fast Track: Must have exceeded 100,000 9-liter cases in 2021, with double-digit growth in each of the past three years. The brand must also be at least five years old.

Established Growth Brands: Must be a top seller, moving a minimum of 400,000 9-liter cases annually. It must also have grown in each of the past three years.

Comeback Brands: Previous award winners that have rebounded in sales to at least the previous award-winning level, following a recent decline.

Hall of Fame: Brands that have received at least 15 Growth Brand Awards over the years, in any category.

GROWTH BRANDS HALL OF FAME

The following brands have been inducted into our Hall of Fame due to their sustained success and growth:

SPIRITS: Evan Williams and Bacardi (2021); Grand Marnier (2020); Juarez Tequila and Jameson (2018); Bombay Sapphire, Hennessy, Patron, Remy Martin, Sauza and Svedka (2017); Burnett’s Vodka, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Maker’s Mark and SKYY (2015)

WINE: Woodbridge (2021); Ruffino (2020); Black Box (2019); Chateau Ste. Michelle (2016); J. Lohr (2015)

AWARDS COVERAGE

For historical Growth Brands information about winners, including our archive of feature stories, photos from receptions and video presentations, visit http://beveragedynamics.com/growthbrands.