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TWE Steps Up to Lead Tech Innovation in Wine Industry

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It has long been the goal of Treasury Wine Estates chief Mike Clarke to turn the agricultural-based wine company he inherited into a brand-led business. TWE has pursued some of the typical POS strategies (see: neckers, shelf-talkers etc.) along that pa... Read more

The Real Difference Between Cool-Climate and Warm-Climate Wine

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Gewürtztraminer or Grenache? Zweigelt or Zinfandel? A lot goes into making the wines you love, but one of the most important aspects is out of the winemaker's control: climate. And knowing whether you prefer warm-climate or cool-climate wines can help you pick your next bottle. Read more

Consolidation Accelerates At The Middle Tier

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Amid ongoing consolidation across the second tier, the U.S. market’s leading wine and spirits wholesalers are projecting steady growth for 2018. Fresh challenges certainly abound—including the rise of e-commerce, an increase in private label activity, ... Read more

Bacardi Completes Patrón Tequila Acquisition

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Bacardi Ltd. has completed its deal to acquire 100% of Patrón Spirits International. Announced in late January, the transaction values Patrón Spirits at around $5.1 billion and follows Bacardi’s initial 2008 purchase of a 30% minority stake in the comp... Read more

News Briefs for May 1, 2018

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•William Grant & Sons’ The Balvenie has unveiled the 2018 release of its limited-edition peated single-malt. The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years is a 48.3%-abv single-vintage whisky, distilled in 2003 from peat-dried barley and matured in American... Read more

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 1, 2018

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•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Company has promoted Christian Holbrook to production brewmaster. Holbrook will now oversee the company’s facilities in Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina, following the late 2017 departure of Peter... Read more

Australian Vintage’s McGuigan Black Label sparkling range – Product Launch

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Australian Vintage is looking to ride the Proseco wave in the UK with the launch of three sparkling wine expressions from its McGuigan Wines Black Label range. Read more

How to collect data without alienating your consumer – Consumer Trends

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The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal may have been played out largely in the political arena but the implications for branded companies are arguably as serious as they are for politicians. Ben Cooper investigates. Read more

Bob Dylan Enters the Whiskey Business with Heaven’s Door

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After years of traveling across the U.S., the singer/songwriter has partnered with several master distillers and blenders to capture the spirit of a true American, small-batch whiskey. Read more

Robots Among the Vines

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Producers and growers are using technology to combat labor shortages in the vineyards. Read more