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Monthly Archive: July 2011

Florida’s ABC Fine Wine And Spirits Adapts To Changing Landscape In Securing Future Growth

Orlando, Florida-based ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is the largest independent beverage alcohol retailer in the state. The 150-unit company dominated the Florida market until six years ago, when competition intensified from multi-state players like Total Wine & More and the Publix supermarket chain. But ABC has since adapted to the new retail landscape with aggressive pricing and a massive modernization plan that includes a new store design concept. Thirty ABC units will have been updated by this year’s holiday season. According to reliable industry sources, total revenues of the privately held ABC reached approximately $475 million last year. Shanken News Daily recently interviewed Charles Bailes, who is ABC’s chairman and CEO, and his brother Jess, who is executive vice president, to get an update on progress. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 29, 2011

Texas Retail Giant Spec’s To Move Into Dallas Market By Year End

Houston, Texas-based retailer Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods is planning to enter the Dallas market by year-end, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 29, 2011

News Briefs for July 29, 2011

•Diageo’s Crown Royal has announced it will officially sponsor the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 29, 2011

China’s Enormous Potential Aggressively Pursued By Global Wine Exporters

Long considered the promised land for wine exporters, China’s wine market is now expanding beyond metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai and into the country’s second- and third-tier cities. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 28, 2011

News Briefs for July 28, 2011

•Restaurant and bar chain Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has reported a 26.4% revenue increase for its second quarter ended June 26, to $184.1 million, as company-owned restaurant sales grew more than 27% to $167.9 million. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 28, 2011

Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman On Craft Beer’s Growth And Plans For A New Brewery

Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was founded in 1980 and is one of the nation’s craft beer pioneers. Today it’s a thriving, independently-owned brewer with total volume of 779,065 barrels in 2010. The company nationally markets its flagship brew Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which depleted 551,648 barrels last year. Sierra Nevada’s newest label, Torpedo Extra IPA, is emerging as a particular favorite among craft beer consumers. Shanken News Daily spoke recently with Sierra Nevada co-founder and president Ken Grossman. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 27, 2011

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