[BND] Your Breakfast Briefing --

Good Morning, and Happy Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Spirits Price Rise

All Spirits categories have seen an increase in average price, CGA by NIQ reports. Cordials (cream and non-cream liqueurs, Cocktail ingredients, shot brands, etc.) have had the biggest uplift (up +$1.00), with each category having had median prices at least $0.60 higher than last year, showcasing how inflation

Orange Wine Grows 55% on Drizly in Year

Maybe it's time to move to Florida, buy an orange grove and start growing oranges and producing orange wine. Drizly reports orange wine has experienced a 55% share growth of the past year. “While orange wine remains a small piece of the total wine category, it is among the fastest-growing

NC State, New Belgium Brewery End Co-Branded Collaboration

New Belgium Brewery and NC State University have ended their four-year co-branded beer  collaboration. Old Tuffy Premium Lager and related merchandise will no longer be produced; it will be available on a limited basis until current supplies are sold. The partnership generated financial support for NC State students, pride for

Celtic Honey Upgrades Packaging, Reformulates at 80 Proof

Celtic Honey (Luxco) has updated its packaging to feature a modernized, simplified logo. While the bottle is the same, the new packaging features an elevated capsule enclosure as well as foiled treatment on a craft-paper label for a premium look and feel. The new formulation boosts the proof to 80

RNDC Reps Nosotros Tequila in Illinois

Nosotros Tequila and Mezcal picked Republic National Distributing Co. as its distributor in Illinois. Nosotros has doubled its business in Illinois each year since 2020 with no signs of slowing down.  The agave brand launched in Illinois in 2020 with Romano Beverage, which helped drive the brand's market launch and

Sherry-Lehman's Landlord Sues Store for $3.6M in Unpaid Rent, Demands It Vacate Premises

Sherry-Lehman's landlord sued the wine retailer for $3.6 million in unpaid rent and demanded it vacate its Park Avenue store.  The store was closed by the New  York State Liquor Authority for not renewing its liquor license, but it hadn't paid its rent since the start of the pandemic

Beam Releases 7th Chapter in Little Books Series

James B. Beam Distilling Co. and Freddie Noe, Eighth Generation Master Distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery, announced the seventh installment in Noe's acclaimed annual release, blended whiskey series – Little Book Chapter 7: "In Retrospect." "In Retrospect" is a blend of seven cask-strength American whiskies – one curated from each

Michter's Prices US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye at $120

In September, when Michter’s Distillery releases its US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye a 750ml bottle will be priced a $120.  The average barrel proof bottled for this release is 108.9 (54.45% ABV). “We released the first toasted barrel whiskey of any American distillery in 2014 because

What We're Reading --

The Real Career Impact of DEI Organizations in Wine SevenFifty Daily meets wine professionals of color whose careers have been propelled by initiatives like The Roots Fund, Wine Unify, and The Hue Society

Thanks for reading. We'll see you tomorow. – Joel