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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

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

News Briefs for April 25, 2016

•Total Wine & More is reportedly eyeing entry into the Wisconsin market. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 25, 2016

Binny’s Hits Legislative Roadblock In Indiana

Chicago-based Binny’s Beverage Depot has suspended its Indiana expansion plans following recent legislation blocking the retailer’s entry into the state. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 21, 2016

Interview: Costco’s Dominance In Wine

Costco—the second-largest retailer by revenue in the world—is a major beverage alcohol force. The company posted $3.6 billion in revenue from wine, spirits and beer in its most recent fiscal year, with wine representing half of that total. SND sister publication Market Watch recently spoke with assistant general merchandise manager for beverage alcohol Annette Alvarez-Peters for an update on the chain’s progress. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 8, 2016

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