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Beverage Alcohol Legislative Changes Move the Industry Forward; Stay Current with the Beverage Information Group's 2015 Fact Book

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping up with the vast amount of beverage alcohol rules, regulations, and laws is absolutely essential.  But the guidelines governing the industry can be overwhelming and complex.  For more than 20 years, The Beverage Information Group's Fact Book has been a necessity for industry professionals, providing the most relevant information on beverage alcohol standards and regulations.

The 2015 Fact Book's easy-to-use format details current laws and impending legislation, including those that are designed to benefit small distilleries and brewers.  Both the Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act of 2015 and the Small BREW Act aim to lower tax rates for distillers and breweries to reward their economic importance and job creation capabilities.

Additionally, changes in consumer purchasing behaviors have stoked debate over sales regulations.  As more states begin to place emphasis on consumer convenience, some have reevaluated blue laws that are outdated in today's world.  The beverage alcohol industry has seen an increase of direct-to-consumer shipping practices, accompanied by relaxing restrictions that once limited the industry, leading to greater sales potential.

Other topics charted in this reference volume include distilled spirits, wine and beer consumption by state; merchandising and advertising guidelines; on-premise and off-premise licensees by category; product tasting guidelines by state; blood alcohol laws; state excise tax rates; wholesaler and retailer license fees and a breakdown of specific retail outlet selling capabilities.  State-by-state provisions by carrier are also included to help marketers better understand shipping laws by location.

About the 2015 Fact Book Handbook
The 2015 Fact Book is available in hard copy for $495; S&H is $15 for U.S. residents, or $25 for international orders. The continuously update web version is available with a one-year subscription for $875.  The 2015 Fact Book can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Andrew Sims at (203)-855-8499 ext. 2251.

To view sample pages click here.

About the Beverage Information & Insights Group
Serving all segments of the beverage alcohol industry through Cheers, Beverage Dynamics and StateWays magazines, Handbooks, Beverage Research and www.albevresearch.com.

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Craft, Flavored Malt & Imported Beers Experience Strong Growth While Traditional Beers Struggle In A Changing Marketplace

Norwalk, Conn. (October 14, 2015) – Innovation was a driving force for the beer industry in 2014. Despite improving economic conditions, beer business declined slightly, by .1% to 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2015 Beer Handbook. Beer consumer preferences continued to evolve, as disposable income increased and economic conditions improved.

The Craft beer category grew by 15.2% in 2014 to 242.4 million 2.25-gallon cases, not quite enough to counterbalance the overall beer industry decrease. The growth in craft affirms the trend of consumers switching to local, up-and-coming breweries. Imported beers from Mexico are also trending up, with growth coming from various demographic segments.

Younger consumers are more engaged with brands that offer a level of distinction. Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll cited local production as being “important,” leading major brewers to follow the trend. MillerCoors shut down a larger North Carolina brewery, yet purchased a small craft brewery in California. Consumers are keen on supporting businesses in their regional area, creating a personal connection with the brand.

The rise and success of smaller breweries like Small Town Brewery, maker of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, is leading to new innovation among larger brewers. There are several varieties of “hard soda” and other categories scheduled for future release from major brands. Ciders continued to remain popular alternatives to traditional beers, growing at a rate of over 65% to 28.2 million cases.

 

About the 2015 Beer Handbook

The 2015 Beer Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. beer industry sales trends. It includes consumption data and projected sales by category and by market, as well as leading brands and historical information. To view sample pages click here.

The 2015 Beer Handbook is available for $815; the handbook with CD is $1,415. Shipping and handling is $15 for U.S. residents, or $25 for international orders. The 2015 Beer Handbook can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Andrew Sims at (203)-855-8499 ext. 251.

About the Beverage Information & Insights Group

Serving all segments of the beverage alcohol industry through Cheers, Beverage Dynamics and StateWays magazines, Handbooks, Beverage Research and www.albevresearch.com.

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U.S. Wine Consumption Increases Lead Over France During A Year of Economic Improvement

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. leveraged an improving economy to maintain the title of world's largest wine market last year. Larger discretionary income levels for consumers contributed to Americans purchasing more wine, marking a 1% growth rate to 328.6 million 9-liter cases, according to the Beverage Information and Insights Group's 2015 Wine Handbook.

The U.S. continued to lead the wine market in 2014 after surpassing France in 2013. U.S. wineries grew to 8,287 in 2014, an increase of 525. This may explain why domestic wine growth increased 1.3%, while imported wine growth decreased by 0.7%.

Wine consumers matured in 2014, demonstrated by the increase in sales of wines in the $10 to $20 price range. Sales of wines priced below $10 slowed. Box wine brands saw double-digit increases and consumers began purchasing smaller 187-ml wine bottles, primarily for consumption at outdoor events.

With California facing its fourth year of major drought, which has caused production struggles, Oregon and Washington experienced record-size wine crops in 2014. Some wine suppliers raised prices, finding that consumers are more likely to purchase a new brand at a higher price point, than to remain with a familiar brand that raises its price.

According to the 2015 Wine Handbook, table wine grew to 300.8 million 9-liter cases, a 0.9% increase over 2013.  The champagne and sparkling wine category grew for its 13th consecutive year to 18.2 million 9-liter cases, up 4.0%.

About the 2015 Wine Handbook
The 2015 Wine Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. wine industry sales trends. It includes consumption data and projected sales by category and by market, as well as leading brands and historical information. To view sample pages click here.

The 2015 Wine Handbook is available for $890; the handbook with CD is $1,490. Shipping and handling is $15 for U.S. residents, or $25 for international orders. The 2015 Wine Handbook can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Andrew Sims at (203)-855-8499 ext. 251.

About the Beverage Information & Insights Group
Serving all segments of the beverage alcohol industry through Cheers, Beverage Dynamics and StateWays magazines, Handbooks, Beverage Research and www.albevresearch.com

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American Whiskey Propels Distilled Spirits Consumption to 18th Straight Year of Growth

Norwalk, Conn., (August 19, 2015) – Consumers are expanding their spirits purchases as the economy stabilizes - experimenting with new products, trading up and crossing categories. Both on- and off-premise sales rose in 2014 compared to 2013, reflecting a rise in disposable income and increased consumer confidence.

Whiskeys continue their recent upward trend, while other categories have fallen out of favor and are struggling to achieve growth. According to the Beverage Information Group’s recently released Liquor Handbook 2015, distilled spirits achieved its 18th consecutive year of volume growth, up 1.5% and reaching 211.8 million 9-liter cases in 2014. 

The whiskey renaissance shows no signs of slowing down. American whiskeys are trendy and sales continue to rise, as Millennial consumers demand authentic products with heritage and history. Straight whiskey increased by 6.4% to 18.8 million 9-liter cases. Blended whiskey, which has been trending flat over the years, also increased slightly. Irish whiskey, the smallest of all the distilled spirits categories, is also the fastest-growing. It followed up 11 years of double-digit growth with a healthy 7.8% increase last year.

Whiskeys weren’t the only categories to grow in 2014. Vodka increased by 1.0% to 72.0 million 9-liter cases in 2014, marking the category’s 19th consecutive year of gains. Tequila continued its five-year rise of over 5%, while Brandy and Cognac climbed 3.5% to 11.1 million 9-liter cases. Cordials and Liqueurs were basically flat, but import Fireball continued its streak of triple-digit growth and finished 2014 at 3.9 million 9-liter cases.

Canadian whiskey, Scotch whiskey, Gin, Rum and Prepared Cocktails saw overall declines.

 

 

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Distilled Spirits, Wine Industries See Continued Growth in 2014, Beer Decreases Slightly

 

Beverage Information Groups Handbook Advance 2015 Released

Norwalk, Conn., (April 15, 2015) The beverage alcohol industry had a year that could best be described as transformational in 2014.  Consumers’ approaches to beverage alcohol have caused the industry to adapt to changing drinking habits.  Consumers are no longer tied to one specific drink, as they now make their choice by type of occasion.  According to the Beverage Information Group’s Handbook Advance 2015, distilled spirits and wine both saw increases in consumption last year.  The beer industry experienced declines, but had pockets of growth. 

 Distilled spirits achieved its 18th consecutive year of volume growth, ending the year up 1.6%, reaching 213.2 million 9-liter cases.  Whiskies continue to captivate interest, while the vodka and rum categories struggle to achieve growth.  The demand for heritage-filled and authentic experiences has pushed whiskey as the new drink du jour.  Handmade boutique and small-batch spirits also contributed to distilled spirits’ growth.   

 The wine industry also fared well while facing its most competitive market in history.  After surpassing France as the world’s largest wine market in 2013, the US marked its 21st straight year of growth last year.  This growth has come from newer products within the wine segments — for example, blended red offerings such as Prosecco and Cava. The wine industry experienced a 0.7% increase and landed at 327.6 million 9-liter cases.

Beer industry consumption patterns are continually shifting, and it was no different in 2014.  Today’s consumer is moving away from mainstream brands toward higher end craft and super-premium offerings.  This growth is coming from smaller brands and has helped stem recent declines.  The beer industry ended the year with a slight decrease of 0.5%, ending at 2.832 million 2.25-gallon cases.

 

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On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Decreases

On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Decreases In All Three Categories,
According to the Recent Cheers BARometer Report

Norwalk, CT (February 24, 2015) As the economy continues to slowly stabilize, on-premise beverage trends continue to evolve.  The on-premise struggled in 2013 and 2014, as consumer confidence has prevented people from fully returning to their pre-recessionary spending levels. According to the Cheers On-Premise BARometer Handbook, distilled spirits consumption in restaurants and bars decreased 1.8%, wine 0.6% and beer 1.5%.  

The Cheers On-Premise BARometer Handbook is the industry’s leading report on beer, wine and spirits consumption for the on-premise.  The Handbook provides in-depth research on beverage alcohol trends, sales volume, distribution, marketing and consumer opinion in the on-premise segment.  This report will help increase your profitability by helping you better understand the rapidly changing beverage trends in restaurants and bars.  

In the most recent edition of the Handbook, three experienced industry professionals once again interpret and analyze the data and give their insights on the on-premise market: Paul Pacult, Editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, discusses key factors to success in the spirits category; Stephen Beaumont, hospitality consultant and educator, delves into the beer category; and Doug Frost, wine consultant, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, talks about upcoming wine styles to watch.

New in the Handbook this year — two editions customized for key audiences.  The Abridged PDF Edition contains text from the Full Edition, plus key selected charts.  This edition is a superior tool for executives who need an overview of the on-premise market.  The Data Compendium PDF Edition includes all of the charts from the Full Edition.  The edition provides analysts with the data they need most.

 
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More Beverage Alcohol Legislation Changes in 2014

More Beverage Alcohol Legislation Changes in 2014; 
Keep Current with the Beverage Information & Insights Group’s Fact Book

Norwalk, Conn., (Nov. 12, 2014) — Keeping up with the complex and ever-changing rules, regulations and laws about the sales, distribution, promotion and marketing of distilled spirits, wine and beer in the 50 states (and the District of Columbia) is absolutely mandatory, and the penalties for non-compliance can be severe.  For over 20 years, beverage industry professionals have relied on The Beverage Information & Insights Group’s Fact Book to stay up to date.  In recent years, laws have changed in response to consumer purchasing habits while also keeping consumer convenience in mind.  A few key examples are more states overturning blue laws, allowing tastings in retail stores, setting up growler stations and direct-to-consumer shipping.

The newly released Fact Book details current laws regarding beverage alcohol, as well as impending legislation.  Additional topics charted in this compendium include distilled spirits, wine and beer consumption by state; merchandising and advertising guidelines; on-premise and off-premise licensees by category; product-tasting guidelines by state; blood alcohol laws; state excise tax rates; wholesaler and retailer license fees; and what is allowed to be sold in which retail outlets.  Also included are state-by-state provisions by carrier to help marketers better understand who can ship where.  

The Fact Book 2014 is available in hard copy format or as a Web subscription.  The one-year Web subscription, which tracks the changes in all states’ rules, regulations and laws as they happen, allows users to search by state, and includes detailed retail sales regulations and interstate shipment information for all states.

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•Distilled Spirits Consumption Still On the Rise

 Distilled Spirits Consumption Still On the Rise
Beverage Information & Insights Group’s Liquor Handbook 2014

 

 Norwalk, Conn., (October 14, 2014) – As the economy continues to expand, premium and super-premium distilled spirits consumption is stronger than ever.  This premiumization trend occurring in every segment of the beverage alcohol industry has the consumer drinking less, but drinking better.  According to the Beverage Information & Insights Group’s 2014 Liquor Handbook, this trend resulted in slower sales growth, with the industry posting a gain of just 2.2% by volume to end 2013 at 210 million 9-liter cases. 

 

The Liquor Handbook has established itself as the leading reference for U.S. distilled spirits consumption by offering a complete domestic overview.  It also contains critical comparative international statistics. Getting a handle on the each landscape can help you evaluate the conditions for your business, as well as navigate mergers and acquisitions.

 

The industry experienced diminished growth domestically, although most of the individual distilled spirits categories experienced upticks -- with a few exceptions.  Unlike Straight Whiskey, Blended Whiskey has been unable to reinvent itself, resulting in declining sales and marketers focusing on categories with higher potential.  Gin also lost volume because high-end offerings, which comprise the majority of the category’s growth, were not large enough to make up for the deficit overall.  Finally, pressure on Prepared Cocktails to create new products, combined with the slowing of the Skinnygirl brand, resulted in the category losing 9.1%.

 

The 2014 Liquor Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. spirits and sales trends.  The essential resource provides consumption and projection information by category and by market, tracks leading brands, and includes international consumption data. 

 

The 2014 Liquor Handbook (hard copy or PDF) is $945; handbook with CD is $1,145.  Shipping and handling is $15 for U.S. orders; $25 for international orders.  The publications can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630)762-8709.

 

 

 

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•Wine Handbook 2014 Now Available with the Latest Consumption Figures

 

U.S. Wine Consumption Expands for 20th Straight Year,
Surpasses France as Largest Wine Market

 

Norwalk, Conn. (August 26, 2014) -- The U.S. topped France as the world’s largest wine market last year as Americans continues to develop a greater appreciation for the libation.  According to the Beverage Information and Insights Group’s 2014 Wine Handbook, the wine category increased 1.9% to 325.4 million 9-liter cases last year.  Production and consumption levels are also at an all-time high. 

 

Relaxed restrictions on direct winery shipments contributed to the wine industry’s success in 2013.  Direct shipments increased 9.3% to 3.47 million cases, and dollar sales of winery-to-consumer shipments increased 7.7% to $1.57 billion.  Shipments from Napa Valley represented almost half of the total value, with Sonoma County and Oregon experiencing the largest growth of direct shipments. 

 

According to the Wine Handbook, table wine grew to 298.2 million 9-liter cases, a 2.0% increase over the previous year.  Domestic and imported wine increased 2.5% and 0.2%, respectively.  Domestic table wine’s success can be credited to two leading brands -- Franzia Winetaps and Barefoot Cellars.  Imported table wine’s slowed growth can be partly attributed to the on-premise’s struggle to reach consumption levels sustained prior to the recession. 

 

The champagne and sparkling wine market continues to grow.  The category increased 2.6% to 17.5 million 9-liter cases in 2013, its 12th consecutive year of growth.  Interest in sparkling wine persists in restaurants and bars, as well as at home.  Growth was ignited during the recession when consumers found price-friendly domestic and imported sparkling wines with good value and great taste.

 

The 2014 Wine Handbook is the leading source for U.S. wine sales and consumption trends. It includes consumption analysis; the top 50 metro markets; supplier performance; advertising expenditures; consumer preferences; direct shipping data; and economic/demographic data.

 

The cost of the 2014 Wine Handbook is $890; handbook with CD is $1,090. Shipping and handling is $15 for U.S. residents, $25 for all international orders. The handbook and CD can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709.

 

 

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•2014 Liquor Handbook Just Released with Updated Consumption & Sales Trends

Distilled Spirits Consumption Increases for 16th Year;
Premiumization Still Key

 

Norwalk, Conn., (July 24, 2014) – As the economy continues to expand, premium and super-premium distilled spirits are coming back stronger than ever.  This premiumization trend occurring in every segment of the beverage alcohol industry has the consumer drinking less, but better.  According to the Beverage Information & Insights Group’s 2014 Liquor Handbook, this trend resulted in slower sales growth, with the industry posting a gain of just 2.2% by volume to end 2013 at 210 million 9-liter cases.  

Although the industry overall experienced diminished growth, most of the individual distilled spirits categories experienced upticks -- with a few exceptions.  Unlike Straight Whiskey, Blended Whiskey has been unable to reinvent itself, resulting in declining sales and marketers focusing on categories with higher potential.  Gin also lost volume because high-end offerings, which comprise the majority of the category’s growth, were not large enough to make up for the deficit overall.  Finally, pressure on Prepared Cocktails to create new products, combined with the slowing of the Skinnygirl brand, resulted in the category losing 9.1%.

Consumer spending habits continue to evolve in restaurants and bars as well, resulting in a decrease in volume and modest increase in dollars. 

“Although the on-premise volume fell 1.8%, dollars increased 2% due to consumers drinking less, but making the most of their occasions by drinking better products,” says Adam Rogers, Manager of Information, Beverage Information & Insights Group, Norwalk, Conn.  “Suppliers continue to focus on Millennials because they are responsible for establishing the trends that have spurred growth in the premium-and-above price points.”

The 2014 Liquor Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. spirits and sales trends.  It includes consumption and projection information by category and by market, tracks leading brands and reports historical data. 

The 2014 Liquor Handbook is $945; handbook with CD is $1,145.  Shipping and handling is $15 for U.S. orders; $25 for international orders.  The publications can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630)762-8709.

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