•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 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 or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630)762-8709.

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•Upcoming On-Premise Study Provides Insights Into Drinks Programs

OnTrac Data Provides Insight into What Drives On-Premise Consumer Behavior

Most customers haven’t decided what to drink when they enter an establishment.   So what steers them toward a brand choice? The Beverage Information & Insight Group’s OnTrac data gathers on-premise sales, visibility and promotion data, providing answers to that question and a roadmap for creating an effective on-premise adult beverage program.

For relatively new brands building consumer awareness and volume sales, being in the well may be the most strategic move to reach the largest number of customers. But for established brands, visibility and branded promotion are the elements that drive brand strength. Prominent back bar positioning, menu placements, branded signature drinks and merchandising all influence purchasing behavior. BIIG data shows that menu placement and branded signature drinks provide the most powerful suggestive selling outside of server recommendations.

“Back bar stocking used to be a sign of brand strength. Today with the development of integrated drink programs, garnering consumer impressions through menu placement, specialty drink listings and on-table merchandising can catapult a brand to success,” says Andrew Esham, VP & Managing Director of BIIG. “Repetitive customer visibility has a powerful influence on brand awareness and perception.”

The data gathered through the OnTrac on-premise study shows the growing importance of branded drink programs, and the danger of relying too much on back bar placement as a driver of customer awareness.

“A brand like Bacardi Superior has strong back bar placement and is equally dominant on menu placement and branded signature drinks,” Esham says. “Cruzan, with less than half Bacardi’s back bar placement, executes its drink program quite effectively – giving it nearly the same overall visibility as Bacardi.”

The OnTrac study is conducted annually in August, comprising 2,500 on-premise outlets across multiple venue types (both chain and independent). OnTrac data reveals stocking location, menu placement, signature drink inclusion and pricing information at the brand level. The program also includes a bartender interview designed to identify drink trends and emerging brands.

For more information about OnTrac or to participate in the upcoming August 2014 study, contact Andrew Esham at 206-709-4112 or




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•Updated 2014 Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers Handbook/Database

Updated Edition of the 2014 Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers  Handbook and Database Now Available


Norwalk, Conn., (April 25, 2014) – The 2014 Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers Handbook and Database is updated and available, according to The Beverage Information Group, the supplier of the most current facts, statistics and analysis on the beverage alcohol industry.  The directory of spirits, wine and beer marketers, importers and suppliers includes: company, phone, fax, email address, website, key company executives, date of establishment, company size, capacity, acquisitions and brand affiliation by category.  Also provided is a brand index detailing each product’s U.S. supplier, category and country of origin.

Access crucial information anytime, anywhere at  The online edition of the Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers Database is updated continuously throughout the year to reflect the most recent changes and developments in the industry.  Subscribers can search the database by supplier, state, brand or executive title.  The database also enables searches by key executive to create mail merges for marketing campaigns. 

The newest edition now represents over 2,000 marketers, suppliers and importers; access to 1,500 key executives and over 15,000 brands - 3,700 spirits, 5,400 wine and 3,600 beer brands.  Also included are over 350 micro/craft distilling companies in the U.S.  You will also receive top-line consumption trends, written analysis of industry issues and a listing of national industry associations.

The original who’s who directory is still available in print edition.  In this 718-page compendium, you will receive the same information as the online edition, without the continuous updates.

The cost of the 2014 Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers Handbook with annual subscription to the online edition is $675; the handbook only is $495.  Shipping and handling is $15 for all U.S. orders, $25 for all international orders.  The Handbook and Handbook/Online Database subscription are available online at or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709.


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•New Executive Reports Highlight Alcohol Trends

New Executive Report Suite Illuminates Actionable Beverage Alcohol Trends


Norwalk, Conn., (June 9, 2014) – Wine and spirits consumption is increasing and consumers are trading up to premium products, but understanding and capitalizing on those trends isn’t as simple as recognizing them. Two new products from the Beverage Information & Insights Group (BIIG) provide beverage alcohol executives targeted insight into what’s driving industry consumption and sales trends. 

The 2014 Adult Beverage Executive Analysis and Scorecard and the 2014 Growth Brands Report provide a clear and concise state of the industry, giving a benchmark for comparison against any brand portfolio. Both reports are must-haves for executives interested in uncovering new business opportunities, enhancing sales strategies and capitalizing on marketing spend. 

The Adult Beverage Executive Analysis and Scorecard details wine, spirits and beer trends using data hand-selected for key decision makers by our research team and industry veteran Mike Ginley. The report features data at the brand and category level - including the latest BIIG statistics, a predictive outlook for the coming year and historical comparisons. The compact analysis gives executives actionable intelligence, allowing them to react immediately to market changes.

The Growth Brand Report presents a detailed analysis of the fastest-growing wine and spirits brands, defined by the exclusive BIIG methodology used to determine the annual Growth Brand Awards. The report includes wine and spirits data in four segments – Fast Track Brands, Rising Stars, Established Growth Brands and Comeback Brands, along with editorial describing the trends and consumption patterns impacting the award winners’ sales. It’s designed specifically for retailers, restaurateurs and other industry professionals seeking insight into existing and emerging trends. 

The cost of the 2014 Growth Brands Report or the 2014 Adult Beverage Executive Analysis and Scorecard is $495 each. Both are available online as a downloadable PDF and they can be purchased at or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709.



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•Distilled Spirits, Wine Consumption Grows; Craft Beer Still Building

Distilled Spirits, Wine Consumption Continued to Rise in 2013;
Beer Saw Pockets of Growth

It was another positive year for the distilled spirits and wine industries, as each posted gains in both volume and dollar sales, although growth slowed from years past.  The beer industry also saw success in some categories, but was unable to post its second year of increases overall.  Slowed and declined growth may be attributed to factors such as decreased labor force participation and the government shutdown.  These obstacles affected consumer confidence and spending, as well as halted the introduction of new products. 

According to the Beverage Information Group’s Handbook Advance 2014, Distilled Spirits experienced its 17th year of growth, increasing 2.4%. Continued interest in super-premium products, increased advertising and modernization of spirits laws contributed to this growth.  Straight Whiskey continues to garner interest from consumers as they are focused on brands with authenticity, history and a taste for American heritage.  

The wine industry advanced to its 20th consecutive year of gains.  New brands, line extensions and great harvests contributed to wine increasing 2.2%, landing at 326.0 million 9-liter cases.  With more states offering direct-to-consumer shipping, these numbers are expected to increase.

The beer industry experienced positive results in high-end offerings such as craft beer, but those could not offset losses in the larger categories.  Despite an increase in advertising, the year ended with a 1.6% decrease, bringing the level down to 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases.

“Craft beer’s momentum continues to build with no signs of slowing,” according to Adam Rogers, Manager of Information Services for the Beverage Information Group, Norwalk, Conn.  “Today’s consumer seeks a brew that is distinctive, region-based and high-quality with a compelling story, and craft breweries are more than willing to provide it.”

The Handbook Advance 2014 hard copy or PDF edition is $945; Handbook with CD is $1,145.  Shipping and handling is $15 for US orders, $25 for all other orders.  They can be purchased at or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709. 



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•Consumers Spending More On-Premise


On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Increases After Five Year Decline, According to Just-Released Cheers BARometer Report 

Just as the overall economy has been slowly stabilizing, so has the on-premise segment.  After almost five years of steep declines, 2012 marked the first year of modest beverage alcohol consumption increases, with spirits and wine leading the push into positive territory.

While both on- and off-premise suffered duringthe recessionary years, the on-premise was hit harder as consumers consumed more alcohol at home, ordered lower priced beverages, or drank less overall.  Consumers are now spending more, but are still cautious.  According to the Beverage Information Group’s Cheers On-Premise BARometer Handbook 2013, spirits consumption increased 1.6%, wine 0.5% and beer only 0.1% on-premise.

In this 10th edition of the handbook, the BARometer data - which focuses on beverage alcohol trends – now includes preliminary consumption figures for 2013.  Also added this year is critical consumer information for the on-premise segment.  We tap into the drinking habits of Hispanics, a growing and rapidly assimilating segment of U.S. consumers. Their spending power makes this segment an important part of the beverage landscape. 

Three category experts also give us their thoughts on the on-premise market: Paul Pacult, Editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, discusses critical factors influencing the spirits world; Stephen Beaumont, hospitality consultant and educator, gives us his take on beer; and Doug Frost, wine consultant and both a Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, reports on up and coming wine styles.

The Cheers On-Premise BARometer Handbook is the industry’s leading report on beer, wine and spirits consumption in bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants. The handbook includes in-depth research regarding volume, sales and consumer opinion. The Cheers OnTrac Bar Managers Study provides a comprehensive report on beverage alcohol trends, distribution, sales and marketing in the on-premise segment.

The cost of the full edition is $4,995; with CD $5,495.  The Spirits Edition is $3,350; with CD $3,850.  The Wine Edition is $3,100; with CD $3,600.  The Beer Edition is $2,350; with CD $2,850.  Shipping and handling: $15 for US orders, $25 for all other orders.  The handbook/CD can be purchased at or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709.



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