[BND] Your Breakfast Briefing

A Note from Joel --

Good Afternoon.  This is the issue that was supposed to be delivered at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. But at 11:56 p.m. Monday evening, our FiOS connections (phone, internet) were fried in a terrifically violent storm. Internet service was just restored by Verizon.

Premium Wineries DtC Sales Grew 13.8% in 2022 : SVB

Three-quarters of the wineries in SVB's Peer Group Financial Database saw an increase in revenue, the bank said.   Tasting room purchases increased in most wine regions. The wine club also accounted for a larger portion of sales for the average winery. Additionally, wineries producing under 5,000 cases reported that

American Airlines Downgrades to Sparkling Wine from Champagne in First, Business Class

American Airlines passengers will be served a Ferrari brut from Tretino, Italy, rather than bubbles from Champange. The Ferrari brut is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, as is Ruinart's Blanc de Blancs Champagne. And it's produced the same way, so the change so be minimally noticeable. AA used to serve

Grocery Store Private Brand Liquor Sales Notch Double-Digit Increase

Sales of grocer-brand liquor were 15.6% higher in 2022 than in 2021, the Private Label Manufacturers Association said. Overall, grocery stores sold $62 million of distilled spirits. Circana, meanwhile, said private label wine sales increased 9.1% to $52.2 million during the 52 weeks ending June 18. Those

Calif. Craft Brewers Win Right to Produce Cider, Perry Onsite

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill permitting all licensed brewers in the state the ability to produce beer, cider, and perry simultaneously on the premises of their existing breweries. The law, known as Senate Bill 788 and authored by State Sen. Angelique Ashby of Sacramento County, will benefit smaller

ABI No. 1 Beverage Firm on Fortune Global 500 List

Anheuser-Busch InBev ranks No. 241 among all companies in the recently releassed Fortune Global 500, but among beverage companies, it is No.1 far outranking both Coca-Cola (No. 344) and Fomento Economico Mexicano (454). ABI's revenue last year increased 6.4%, the smallest increase of the three beverage firms.  Coca-Cola

RNDC Celebrates $1.3 Billion in Sales Since Launch of Upgraded e-Commerce Platform

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) and its e-commerce platform, eRNDC, reports strong year-over-year growth, reaching $1.3 billion in total sales since the platform’s launch in 2019. This growth is largely attributed to exponential rates of platform adoption from new and existing RNDC customers. Only halfway through 2023, eRNDC

Beam Institute Opens Distillery, Maturation Facility on University of Kentucky Campus

The University of Kentucky’s James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits officially opened its doors, elevating the institute’s impact on research, workforce development, education and outreach. Since 2019, the institute has served as the industry’s research and development vehicle, pursuing its mission to ensure the welfare and

Beam Debuts 2d in Hardin's Creek Series

James B. Beam Distilling Co. is launching the second installment within the Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series (announced June 2023), called Hardin’s Creek Frankfort. The Kentucky Series takes whiskey fans on a journey of ‘Kentucky Terroir’, featuring three Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey expressions, all aged for 17 years with

The Glenlivet Intros Twist & Mix Ready-to-Serve Cocktails

The Glenlivet Twist & Mix Cocktails, a new line of premium, ready-to-serve, whisky-based cocktails. Using first-to-market technology, the new innovation proves that quality and accessibility are not mutually exclusive – simply twist the cap to mix a burst of cocktail flavorings into The Glenlivet single malt and you have a high-quality, freshly-mixed

What We're Reading --

Stem Compounds Help Reduce Alcohol and Boost Freshness Whole-cluster winemaking has long been associated with the nouveau wine style of Beaujolais, but now traditional winemakers in Bordeaux.  The addition of stems can decrease actual alcohol levels in wine. (Deborah Parker Wong) Challenging Times for Washington State Wines The second biggest


The "standard drink" has been in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines since 1985.  The excerpt published last Monday (July 31) from my book, From Pariah to Mainstream, incorrectly said DISCUS hired a scientific advisor who "sold" the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the standard drink concept.  In fact, she pl

Thanks for reading.  See you tomorrow. – Joel

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