[BND] Your Morning Briefing

Good Morning, and Happy Tuesday, September 12, 2023 .

Splash Beverage to Buy Western Son Vodka

Splash Beverage Group, Inc. said it executed a Letter of Intent to acquire JEM Beverage Management Co. owners of the Western Son Vodka brand .  Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed as they are subject to reaching a definitive agreement. Western Son Vodka, founded in 2011 is headquartered in

Molson Coors Ups Investment in ZOA Energy

Molson Coors Beverage Co. said it increased its investment in ZOA Energy, enabling ZOA to double its planned media budget for the coming year while continuing to grow its sales and distribution footprints.  Molson Coors will also have a seat on Zoa's board of directors.  The amount of the investment

Beer Consumption Falls on NFL Opening Weekend; Miller Lite Up 31% on Sunday

Beer consumption was down 8.3% from a year earlier for the NFL Opening Weekend , BeerBoard reports.  But Miller Lite, the Official Beer of the Dallas Cowboys, was up an astounding 31% compared to Opening Day 2022. The 8.3% overall decline follows two consecutive years of growth (+21% in

Challenge to Rhode Island Shipping Laws a Split Decision

The First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that Rhode Island's requirement that licensed retailers purchase bev/al only from licensed in-state wholesalers.  But it also found the lower court didn't sufficiently examine the state's evidence defending the in-state retailer requirement as well as the ban on

Wine Retailers Applaud Decision in Rhode Island Case

National Association of Wine Retailers commended the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision that found Rhode Island’s ban on wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers to be discriminatory, contrary to the earlier ruling of the lower District Court. Moreover, the First Circuit Court of Appeals made the important determination

10,000 Grape Varieties in World. But Just 33 Occupy 50% of All Vineyard Space

Out of the 10,000 grape varieties existing worldwide, a mere 33 commandeer 50% of global vineyard space. Now a new wine brand and subscription club, Vinalia, seeks to introduce wine enthusiasts to the remaining 9,967 varieties that languish in obscurity. "Vinalia stands as a beacon of diversity, collaborating

Ehrlich Family Releases Its First Vintage

After 25 years as premium winegrape growers, the Ehrlich family is releasing the inaugural vintage of their own Cabernet Sauvignon under the Ehrlich Vineyard label, produced entirely from select lots of estate grown fruit under the watchful care of consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs. “The release of the 2021 Ehrlich Vineyard

Bombay Sapphire Debuts Cocktail Collection at New York Fashion Week Show

Bombay Sapphire partnered with fashion designer and creative visionary Christian Siriano to create a cocktail couture collection. Renowned for his boundary-pushing designs and inclusive approach to fashion, Siriano took inspiration from iconic Bombay Sapphire gin cocktails to create a French 75-inspired haute couture gown, which took center stage at the

Guinness Open Gate Brewery Chicago to Open Sept. 28

Guinness Open Gate Brewery Chicago will open to the public Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. just in time for the morning commute with Guinness’ own freshly baked brown bread, Intelligentsia coffee and assorted treats from Aya Pastry. Located at 901 W Kinzie, the taproom, restaurant and bakery is

Avaline Launches a Pinot Noir

Avaline, an organic, transparent and vegan-friendly wine brand is launching Avaline Pinot Noir, which it describes as a "light-bodied french wine offering notes of fresh-picked cherries and wild raspberries." Pinot Noir is made to the Avaline standard: 100% organic grapes, zero grams of sugar per glass and no unwanted additives

What We're Reading --

As US Demand Drops, California Worries About an Excess of Grapes California’s wine producers are sitting on a grape surplus and not because of big harvests. US consumers are buying less wine. (Meiniger's International) Two Million Litres of Red Wine Flood Village's Streets Portuguese distilling

Thanks for Reading. Have a wonderful and successful day.  See you tomorrow. – Joel

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