News Briefs for October 22, 2013October 22, 2013
•Control state spirits volume rose 1.4% in September, accelerating slightly from the month-earlier period, and contributing to a rolling 12-month trend of +1.8%. On the value side, spirits’ shelf dollars were up 3.7% in September, compared with a rolling 12-month advance of 4.6%. Irish whiskey, up 10% in September and 14% over the past 12 months, continues to lead growth, while vodka—accounting for a third of control state spirits’ sales—was up 1.7% last month and 2.1% over the past year. Meanwhile, control state wine volume increased 3.3% in September, compared with a rolling 12-month rate of 1.5%, as the largest control state for wine, Pennsylvania, saw volume rise 4.4%.
•MillerCoors has announced a reorganization that will result in hundreds of layoffs across the company. In a bid to improve efficiency and reduce costs, the brewing giant is cutting 200 employees and eliminating another 160 positions that are currently unfilled. The cuts represent about 2% of MillerCoors’ workforce. For the six months through the end of September, MillerCoors saw sales to retailers decline 3.2%, with its core premium light category down mid single-digits and its above-premium portfolio—including craft and import unit Tenth and Blake—rising by double-digits.
•Napa-based Folio Wine Partners has added Italy’s Dal Forno Romano wines to its U.S. portfolio. Based in the town of Cellore d’Illasi, Verona, Dal Forno produces three wines—Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella DOC, and Vigne Seré Recioto. While Dal Forno produces less than 60,000 bottles annually from owned vineyards, the family-owned winery has long been recognized as one of Valpolicella’s most esteemed vintners, and has received more than 25 scores of 90+ from Wine Spectator.
•Maryland distributor Reliable Churchill, part of the Charmer Sunbelt Group, has promoted Jeff Scarry to senior vice president, general sales manager, effective in January. Responsible for driving Reliable Churchill’s suppliers’ brand-building and execution, Scarry will report to Kevin Dunn, president of Reliable Churchill and Washington Wholesale.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.