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Monthly Archive: May 2013

Costco Reports 8% Rise In Beverage Alcohol For First Three Quarters As Spirits Sales Lead Growth

Issaquah, Washington-based Costco reports that sales of beverage alcohol are up 8% in the nine months ending May 31, the first three quarters of its fiscal year. The company is projecting nearly a 10% rise for the full year. Currently with 627 locations and with nine more units planned to open before September 1, Costco is one of the largest retailers of beverage alcohol in the U.S. and in foreign markets including Canada, Mexico, U.K., Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Australia. Shanken News Daily recently spoke with Annette Alvarez-Peters, Costco’s assistant general merchandise manager for wine, spirits and beer, about sales trends. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 31, 2013

News Briefs for May 31, 2013

•Opici Family Distributing is expanding its Mid-Atlantic wholesaling footprint with the state of Maryland, effective June 1. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 31, 2013

Craft Brewing And Distilling News for May 31, 2013

•Craft Brew Alliance’s Kona Brewing is bringing back summer seasonal Wailua Ale to its Aloha Series. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 31, 2013

Gallo’s Import Business Builds Major Presence

While E&J Gallo Winery remains focused on its leadership position in California wine, the company’s import business has been making major strides with Old and New World brands contributing. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 30, 2013

McDonnell Steps Down As Patrón’s COO, Industry Veteran Dave Wilson Replaces Him

Patrón Spirits has appointed Dave Wilson as president of its international operations and global COO, effective June 10. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 30, 2013

News Briefs for May 30, 2013

•Moët Hennessy has launched a limited edition Ardbeg expression coinciding with the single malt Scotch brand’s annual Ardbeg Day celebrations. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 30, 2013

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