Exclusive news and research on the wine, spirits and beer business

Daily Archive: August 5, 2011

Charles Sonnenberg Of Frugal MacDoogal On The Changing Retail and Distribution Landscape

Nashville-based Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse is the largest beverage alcohol retailer in Tennessee. Owner Charles Sonnenberg started the business in 1983 and branched out to South Carolina in 1990, when he opened a second store in Fort Mill, and again in 2004 with a third store in Columbia. Reliable industry sources estimate that his annual revenues are $45 million. Sonnenberg believes the entrance of Berkshire Hathaway’s McLane Company into the beverage alcohol distribution business last year (with its purchase of Empire Distributors in North Carolina and Georgia and Horizon Wine & Spirits in Tennessee) could signal a paradigm shift in the way beverage alcohol goes to market. He recently spoke to Shanken News Daily about the changing wholesale and retail environment. Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 5, 2011

News Briefs for August 5, 2011

•The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) wine kiosk initiative in PA grocery stores may soon come to an end, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 5, 2011