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Total Wine Sues Connecticut Over Minimum Pricing

Asserting “price-fixing by wholesalers and retailers,” Total Wine & More is challenging Connecticut’s mandatory minimum pricing rules on wine and spirits on the grounds that the state’s regulations constitute “a restraint of trade and a violation of the federal Sherman anti-trust act.” Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 24, 2016

Premier Cru Owner Pleads Guilty, Detailing Ponzi Scheme

John Fox, once a leading wine merchant, was escorted into an Oakland, California, courtroom by federal marshals last week, shackled hand and foot. Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 16, 2016

BevMo Intensifies Focus On Premiumization, Localization Trends

Concord, California-based retail chain BevMo recently opened its 160th location in Lafayette, California, marking a significant expansion from about 130 stores three years ago. Last year, BevMo, which operates in the Washington and Arizona markets in addition to the Golden State, named Albertsons Safeway veteran Dimitri Haloulos as CEO. In this exclusive interview with SND senior editor Daniel Marsteller, Haloulos discusses BevMo’s new store format—which aims for a more local, premium feel—as well as private label strategy, e-commerce opportunities and other topics. Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 8, 2016

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

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

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