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ABC Sees Top Vodka Brands Increasingly “Under Attack” In Florida Market

Florida’s ABC Fine Wine & Spirits derives about 60% of its sales from spirits, with wine at 27%, beer at 10% and cigars at about 3%. In the second part of this interview, ABC executive vice president Jess Bailes discusses the trends influencing buying activity across the retail chain’s 140-plus stores. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 21, 2016

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Wine, Spirits And Full-Strength Beer In Groceries

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation that will see wine, spirits and full-strength beer sales expand into grocery stores in Colorado, as part of a compromise struck with independent liquor store operators. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 13, 2016

Trone Will Step Back From Duties At Total Wine, CEO Kevin Peters Will Run Company

Undaunted by a loss in the Democratic primary to represent Maryland’s 8th Congressional District earlier this week, Total Wine & More cofounder David Trone will continue to pursue roles in public service rather than returning to run Total Wine’s day-to-day business. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 29, 2016

DISCUS, Grocers Withdraw Oregon Privatization Initiative

An Oregon ballot initiative aimed at allowing spirits sales in grocery stores has been abandoned by its backers, including the Northwest Grocery Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS). Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 29, 2016

Interview: Stephen Bebis, President And CEO, Liquor Stores N.A.

Canada-based retailer Liquor Stores N.A. operates more than 200 stores throughout Alberta and British Columbia, but lately the company has been raising its profile in the U.S., where sales increased 4% to $170 million in 2015. Liquor Stores N.A. operates 23 locations under the Brown Jug brand in Alaska, as well as 15 stores in Kentucky under its Liquor Barn banner. Last November, the company entered New Jersey by acquiring two Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlets, and it plans to make landfall in Massachusetts and Connecticut later this year. SND associate editor Christina Jelski recently spoke with Liquor Stores N.A. president and CEO Stephen Bebis to discuss the retailer’s U.S. growth strategy. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 25, 2016

Oregon Program Expands Spirits Sales To Walmart, Others In Portland Area

As grocery stores push a ballot initiative to privatize spirits sales statewide, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has announced it will allow 14 new retail venues in the Portland area to sell liquor under its “open recruitment” program, unveiled last year. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 25, 2016

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