Liquor Industry News/Links 9-14-13

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Saturday September 14th 2013

Todays Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


No Biodynamic Rating Today’s Top Pumpkin Beers 2013

The Top Pumpking Beers Of 2013

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New Bud Light Cranberry Rita

Anheuser-Busch is extending its Bud Light Lime range with a new flavor, Cran-Brrr-Rita. The new release will be a winter seasonal, available across the U.S. in November and December in 12-packs of 8-ounce cans and single 25-ounce cans. A-B initially launched Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita in spring 2012 and saw it jump out to 7.3 million (2.25-gallon) cases in volume last year, according to Impact Databank estimates. Nearly a year later it followed up with Straw-Ber-Rita. Both innovations have been performing well in the U.S. of late, according to A-B, which reported that the two achieved a combined market share of 1.1% (based on sales to retailers) in the company’s fiscal second quarter ending in June.


New Sweet Potato Pumpkin Spice Vodka

Polish potato vodka brand Spud Vodka has added Spud Sweet Potato Pumpkin Spice to its flavor portfolio. Featuring sweet potato, vanilla and clove notes, the new, gluten-free expression is priced at around $22.99 a 750-ml. Sweet Potato Pumpkin joins the existing Spud lineup, which includes the brand’s core unflavored option, as well as its Red Hot Chili Pepper, Ginger Lemongrass and Heirloom Tomato offerings. Spud vodka was launched nationwide across the U.S. and in Canada in June 2012.



So, what the heck are “wholesale price restrictions?”

These regulations involve restrictions on price practices that would make cheap alcohol readily available.  Cheap alcohol usually increases consumption and problems, particularly among youth.  These include:

.         Restrictions on volume discounts.   Wholesalers are precluded from offering discounts for purchasing in large volume.

.         Uniform pricing.  Wholesalers must offer the same price to all retailers no matter how large or small.

.         Minimum pricing or mark-ups.  States that own part or all of the alcohol business usually mark-up prices by some minimum level.

.         Post and hold.  This is a requirement that wholesalers publish their prices and stick to those prices for a period of time (e.g. 30 days)

.         Credit bans.  This prevents wholesalers from extending credit to some retailers which can be used as a way to manipulate prices.

Not all states have these policies.  For more information visit the Alcohol Policy Information System,

Which Vodka Bottle Do Americans Find ‘Sexiest’? And Why Should We Care?

The Huffington Post

New Buffalo Trace Release

Buffalo Trace Distillery will release its 2013 Antique Collection in the coming weeks. It will feature five limited release whiskies of varying age statements, recipes and proofs, priced at $70 each. This year’s collection includes Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, distilled in 1993 and aged for 19 years; George T. Stagg, an uncut, unfiltered 128.2-proof Bourbon distilled in 1997; Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old; Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey; and William Larue Weller, the collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated Bourbon, distilled in 2001 and released at 136.2 proof. Buffalo Trace has been offering its Antique Collection annually for over a decade.

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Why Red Bull and vodka is a recipe for trouble: Mixing alcohol and energy drinks could be even more harmful than previously thought

Mixing alcohol with energy drinks to get a bigger hit could be more harmful than research currently suggests, claims a leading psychologist.

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Inventor Cracks Open Beer-Can IP Suit Against MillerCoors

Source: Law 360

By Allissa Wickham

September 12, 2013

An Arizona man hit MillerCoors LLC with an infringement suit Wednesday in Texas federal court, claiming the company is ripping off his patent for a vented beer can that creates a smoother pour.


13th September, 2013 by Rupert Millar

A range of glassware has been developed which, its creators claim, can detect the addition of “date rape” drugs.

New Kahlua Seasonal Flavor

Pernod Ricard-owned Kahlúa liqueur has launched its newest seasonal, Pumpkin Spice. Priced at $16.99 a 750-ml. bottle, the extension will be available from September through December 31. It features a blend of autumnal spices and pumpkin with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. Pumpkin Spice joins returning flavor Peppermint Mocha in the Kahlúa’s lineup of seasonally available liqueurs, as well as the core coffee-infused liqueur, Cinnamon Spice, French Vanilla, Mocha, Hazelnut, Especial and Midnight expressions, which are available year-round. Last year, Kahlúa was down 4.8% in the U.S. market to 939,000 nine-liter cases (excluding the Ready-To-Drink and to-go Iced Coffee extensions), according to Impact Databank.

I Hate CA Wine Country Video

Comedian Suzi Barrett is guzzling the Golden State hate-orade again in the third installment of her “I Hate California” series. This week’s target? California’s beautiful wine country. Warning: Barrett uses the f-word. A lot.

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One Response to “Liquor Industry News/Links 9-14-13”

  1. foxress Says:

    Suzi Barrett has some hilarious tasting notes. I’ll be looking for a dark, gothic wine that’s always writing in its journal.

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