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Daily Archive: April 25, 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

Oregon Program Expands Spirits Sales To Walmart, Others In Portland Area

As grocery stores push a ballot initiative to privatize spirits sales statewide, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has announced it will allow 14 new retail venues in the Portland area to sell liquor under its “open recruitment” program, unveiled last year. 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

Craft Brewing And Distilling News for April 25, 2016

•California’s Coronado Brewing Company is launching its newest summer seasonal, Berry The Hatchet. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 25, 2016