Liquor Industry News/Links 1-18-14

Liquor Industry News/Links

Saturday January 18th 2014

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS


Items in the Liquor industry found of interest this week: 

Svedka Vodka To Release New Flavors

Constellation is extending its Svedka vodka brand with two new flavors, Mango Pineapple and Strawberry Lemonade. Available nationwide beginning next month, the duo will retail at $12.99 a 1-liter. They join Colada, Strawberry Colada, Orange Cream Pop, Cherry, Citron, Clementine, Raspberry and Vanilla in the brand’s flavor line. Svedka’s U.S. volume rose 3.3% to 4 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank.

The Perfect Glass For Drinking Coke??

There has always been talk about choosing the right style of glass to get the most of wine. Now  Riedel  has a glass for Coca-Cola!


EU lawmakers toughen labeling laws

 True sangria wine may only come from Spain, Portugal

California Looking At A New Law For Bartenders Making Drinks:

Under new food safety law, bartenders have to wear gloves



16th January, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

A trend is developing in the United States for craft beers made both with grapes and spent lees. We Have Dogfish in stock!



Increase in breweries in US

Most complete list of beer blogs

On the Internet as well as a list of companies that provide beer tours of various kinds.

Red wine offsets harmful effects of obesity, UT study finds

Seams like every week there are more studies why wine is good for you!

America’s love for wine

Since 1991, total U.S. wine consumption has jumped from 466 million gallons to 856 million in 2012.


Top 3 Wine Trends of 2014

Interesting look at trends for 2014.  Agree with # 2 Just need to get distributors to carry the wines!

Scratch & Sniff  Wine Book Not Up to Scratch

Interesting review of this wine book. Still in my pile of books to review.



17th January, 2014 by Lauren May

A group of Massachusetts monks known for their jams have set up a brewery steeped in more than 100 years of European tradition.


Crown Royal Debuts High-End XO

Diageo’s Crown Royal has unveiled its latest extension, Crown Royal XO, an ultra-premium blended Canadian whisky that pays homage to the brand’s storied history. According to the company, master blender Andrew MacKay used more than 50 whiskies in the blend and finished it in Cognac casks from the French Limousin Forest. The amber-topaz blend is packaged in Crown Royal’s iconic bag with gray and gold embroidery accents. The new XO expression will be available nationwide starting early January for a suggested retail price of $49.99 a 750-ml.

Crown Royal has continued to perform well at a time when many of the U.S. market’s largest spirits brands have seen slowing growth. The Canadian whisky increased its U.S. case depletions by 2.4% to reach 4.3 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank, boosted by flavor extension Maple Finished ($25), released in late 2012. Crown Royal XO joins Crown Royal Black ($30), a 2010 launch, at the high end of the portfolio.

Wine & Sex: The New Tupperware Party

Wine and toys sounds like a crazy time!


Get Ready For The Big Games

NFL Players Talking Wine Video

Stella Artois Cidre draws US white wine drinkers

By Ben Bouckley+, 16-Jan-2014

Stella Artois Cidre is poised for a US-wide launch after its introduction in 26 states last year, and the AB InBev brand claims white wine drinkers are flocking to the brand.


The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine

Wine Folly does another great story all about sulfites in wine.

Jura Wines with Attitude

Info about The Jura, on the French fringes of the Swiss Alps

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