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What Alcohol Consumers Are Buying, Months into COVID-19

Forget months, March 2020 feels like it happened years ago. COVID-19 caught the country unprepared for a pandemic. Like everybody else, beverage alcohol retailers had to adapt rapidly. They faced a surge of panic...
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Acme Fine Wines: Innovators in Napa Valley

Shopping at Acme Fine Wines is like buying art. Rather than case displays and aisles of products, this innovative retailer in St. Helena, Napa County, showcases a wall of wines. Around 350 individual bottles...

How JJ’s Built an Experience-Based Retail Business

You can track the evolution of JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars in three stages: JJ’s 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. That is how owner Tom Slattery thinks of his Sioux Falls, SD-based business, and how...

Podcast: Vodka Trends in 2020

In our latest podcast about the on- and off-premise alcohol industries, we discuss the top vodka trends of 2020. How has the pandemic affected vodka sales? Why have American consumers so eagerly embraced U.S. craft...
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What’s Next for Nonalcoholic Beer?

While the overall beer category remains relatively flat, nonalcoholic beer has emerged as a new growth center. These brews grew 38% in 2019, according to Nielsen data, and around 39% in 2020. Why? A number...

How Liquor Stores Adapted to the COVID-19 Crisis

Alcohol remains essential. As states across the country reacted to the coronavirus outbreak by locking down businesses — devastating on-premise — liquor stores wondered whether they, too, would have to shutter. So far, with...

Why RTDs Will Boom in 2021 and Beyond

How hot are Ready to Drink cocktails (RTDs) in 2020? The category has grown 43% in global consumption this year, according to the IWSR, with U.S. consumers leading the charge. Moreover, the IWSR projects...

How Molly’s Spirits Leverages Data and Technology for Growth

It’s been less than five years since the first Molly’s Spirits opened in Denver’s Lakeside neighborhood. In that short amount of time, the store has quickly become a beverage retail powerhouse, largely due to...

How Alcohol Retailers Have Evolved with COVID-19

Part 1 of this series covered what alcohol products consumers are buying now, three months into the coronavirus pandemic. In this second part, we look at how beverage alcohol retailers continue to adapt with...
Tequila Trends

Mezcal and Tequila Trends in 2021

Consumer thirst for tequila and other agave spirits keeps propelling the category to new heights, with new mezcal and tequila trends emerging. Consumption of this category in the U.S. rose from 15 million 9-liter cases...