Beverage Dynamics Newsletter – 10/1/12



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Beverage Dynamics Features

  • More Than One Way

    Beverage alcohol retailers have a wider variety of point-of-sale (POS) systems and business models to choose from than ever before.

  • Beer 2012: State-of-the-Industry Report

    Though overall beer consumption is slightly down, the industry may be poised for a solid comeback, based on the excitement being created by the growing craft segment.

BD Live Conference News

  • Top 5 Reasons to Attend BD Live!

    Plans are well under way for Beverage Dynamics’ annual conference, BD Live!, scheduled for February 13-14 at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown. This anticipated event brings the nation’s most forward-thinking off-premise retailers of beer, wine and spirits together to discuss industry issues, trends, opportunities and challenges.

    Join us for BD Live! and take advantage of the opportunity to:

    Learn. Beverage Dynamics and BD Live! are two of the off-premise beverage industry’s most trusted sources of information. Covering everything from trends to technology, marketing to management, and corporate culture to operations, BD Live! equips you with the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about your business. What is inspiring consumers to spend again? Is social media delivering on its promises? What new tools are on the horizon to help your business excel? What’s the latest on hiring and training practices?

Beverage Product Watch

  • Plantation 3 Stars
    Cognac Ferrand recently released Plantation 3 Stars, its first white rum and part of the Plantation Rum portfolio. Named for the three Caribbean nations in which the rum is crafted (Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica), the new rum is made from aged and un-aged rums and is 41.2% ABV. Three Stars is available for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 1-liter bottle.

  • Fris Flavored Vodkas
    Frïs Vodka is relaunching its brand and with a new range of flavors and a new bottle design. The distinctive bottle features a chiseled ice-grey exterior. Frïs is also debuting two flavors: Frïs Citrus Freeze and Frïs Orange Freeze. The brand has announced that another flavor, Frïs Whipped Freeze, will be introduced in 2013. The new flavors have a suggested retail price of $10.99 for a 750-ml. and $19.99 for a 1.75-liter bottle.

  • Newcastle Werewolf
    Newcastle Brown Ale announced the nationwide release of its limited edition beer, Newcastle Werewolf. Werewolf features sweet berry fruit in the front and a bite of bitterness at the finish, the company says. Brewed with rye malts, Werewolf is naturally blood-red in color. It is 4.5% ABV and is available nationally through October in six- and 12-packs.


  • U.S. Beer Consumption Continues Decline
    According to the recently released Beverage Information Group’s 2012 Beer Handbook, the overall beer industry lost 35.6 million 2.25 gallon cases – a 1.3% decline – to end the year at 2.787 billion cases.

  • Diageo Exploring Stake in United Spirits
    India’s United Spirits is in talks with Diageo as its parent company tries to sell off assets to pay for debts in other parts of its business.

  • Tenn. Whiskey on Verge of Growth Spurt
    Boutique distilleries have been popping up all over Tennessee since the legislature changed state law in 2009 to expand legal liquor production to 41 counties from three.

  • Budweiser Fully Embraces Craft With Project 12 Beers
    The beermaker is releasing 12-packs of three new flavors in late October, featuring beers developed by its brewers in St. Louis, Los Angeles and Williamsburg, VA. Each of the company’s 12 breweries competed in a contest to have their flavors (named after each brewery’s zip code) featured in the new case, and the three winners were chosen by consumer tastings throughout the summer.

  • Heineken Revamps Bottle Design
    Heineken is unveiling a new taller bottle that has a longer, narrower neck than the Dutch lager’s old bottle.

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