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What if the Future of Beer . . . Isn’t Beer?

The beer category remains in a precarious position. Big brands have been shrinking for years, while craft, so reliant on taprooms and on-premise, suffered a blow from the pandemic. Another problem driving these troubling trends? Look...

Interview: Anheuser-Busch CMO Marcel Marcondes

Our 2021 Beer Growth Brands Supplier of the Year is Anheuser-Busch. This global company won the honor for its bevy of brands named by our retail readers as leading business catalysts within the beer category in the...

The 2021 Beer Growth Brands Awards: The Top Brews

Our annual Beer Growth Brands Awards reflect the top beer trends from the past year while also looking ahead. What can we learn from 2020 and 2021 as we move forwards? The unusual severity of Covid-19 makes...

When Will the Alcohol Packaging Shortage End?

Trouble finding your favorite alcohol brands in 2021? Chances are it’s because this industry, like many during Covid-19, has run into a major packaging shortage. Materials like glass and aluminum have become difficult and expensive to...

Reviews: Our Favorite Sparkling Wines for 2021

For our latest wine panel of 2021, we asked panelists to taste and rate sparkling wines. Fall season is the time that beverage alcohol retailers start submitting their bubbly orders ahead of the holiday push. As...

Podcast: Alcohol Industry Trends: Part 2

Following Part 1 of this two-part episode, Editors Melissa Dowling and Kyle Swartz dive into even more alcohol industry trends. These include celebrity-backed alcohol brands and their common pitfalls; the rise of CBD beverages and what comes...

Top Sparkling Wine Trends in 2021-22

“Sparkling wine is incredibly popular and only growing in interest,” says Bianca Whitford, manager and wine director at Agapi Bistro + Garden in Pensacola, FL. The Greek restaurant has eight on the menu, ranging...
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Podcast: American Whiskey Trends with Maggie Kimberl

What’s trendier in the alcohol industry than American whiskey? But can our brown spirits boom continue at such a rapid pace? And which American whiskey trends are here to stay — or only temporary? In...

Interview: Mexcor’s Chris Quintanilla on Battling Product Shortages with Technology

Covid-19 has disrupted distribution channels worldwide, and that certainly includes the middle tier of the American alcohol industry. However, companies like Mexcor International — a Houston-based alcohol importer and distributor ­— have tapped into...

Interview: John Hayes on Brown-Forman Meeting the Challenges of 2020

Our 2021 Growth Brands Spirits Supplier of the Year is Brown-Forman. Founded in 1870, Brown-Forman celebrated 150 years in 2020. The company offers an array of industry-leading brands across various categories, including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Herradura...