Ore. posts higher wine sales growth than neighboring states | UK wine merchants diversity their offerings from Spain | Wines served without pretense in Wash.'s Yakima Valley
August 18, 2017
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Ore. posts higher wine sales growth than neighboring states
Sales of Ore. wines were up 17% in the 12 months that ended July 15, according to Nielsen data, likely driven by what are considered outstanding recent vintages in the state. The surge of interest puts Oregon ahead of both California and Washington in terms of sales growth, the data revealed.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Portland, Ore. (8/17) 
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UK wine merchants diversity their offerings from Spain
Amid signs that sales of Spanish wines are down in the UK, merchants there are broadening their offerings from the country. More vintages from areas aside from popular Rioja are being made, and higher-quality Spanish wines are gaining fans, according to Ed Betts, wine-buying manager at ASDA.
The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (8/18) 
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Wines served without pretense in Wash.'s Yakima Valley
The Yakima Valley of Wash. feels more like the Midwest than Napa Valley, but that also makes it a great, unpretentious place to learn about wine, Alice Gabriel writes. A visit to the Barnard Griffin winery includes a taste of their fruity 2014 chardonnay, an award-winner at just $14.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/18) 
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Tourism helps fuel growth of Wis. wine industry
Tourism has helped Wisconsin grow its wine industry, with the number of wineries now at 124. Younger generations of wine drinkers are helping to fuel the trend, according to Justin Bruener of Sunset Winery.
WXOW-TV (La Crosse, Wis.) (8/17) 
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Trends & Innovations
Beastie Boys' Mike D to consult on Calif. restaurant's wine list
Rapper Mike D of the Beastie Boys will be helping craft the wine list at new Los Angeles restaurant Hearth & Hound. A self-described "wine geek," the rapper will work with Taylor Parsons to select the eatery's wine offerings.
Eater/Los Angeles (8/16) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
Kraft Heinz's innovation focus drew readers this week
Stories about Kraft Heinz's increased innovation output and Whole Foods' meat sourcing proved popular with SmartBrief's food and beverage readers. The week's top story, however, was about how youth-focused chain Chuck E. Cheese debuted a new restaurant format in Texas.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (8/18) 
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Government & Regulatory Affairs
Mexico cracks down on Cancun bars, alcohol-maker
Mexican authorities have closed at least two bars and cracked down on one maker of alcohol after reports emerged of tourists blacking out and of at least one suspicious death after consumption of small quantities of alcohol in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Mexican government authorities said they would work to combat unsanitary bar practices and shoddy manufacturing of alcohol in the country.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (8/18) 
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Ark. county gets permits for first 2 liquor stores
Permits for the construction of two liquor stores in Little River County, Ark., have been issued by state regulators in the wake of the county's change to allow alcohol sales. The county is limited to two stand-alone liquor stores under state rules, but other retailers also may apply for licenses.
Texarkana Gazette (Texas) (subscription required) (8/17) 
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Operations
Leaders need to acknowledge fear, push past it
During any period of uncertainty, acknowledge people's fears but do so without using pessimistic language, writes Kris Boesch. Don't let fear stop you or your employees from performing the daily tasks that still need to be done.
Leading With Trust blog (8/13) 
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Here is what employees want to hear
Employees want to feel they are valued, to receive respect and be acknowledged, writes David Grossman. Managers should also know teams want "regular, tangible, specific, constructive feedback," he writes.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (8/14) 
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WSWA News
Members save on new program for maintenance, repair, operations supplies with Grainger
WSWA and DSI offer wholesaler members 20%-84% off Grainger's catalog prices on over 250 commonly purchased items by beverage wholesalers and 10% off catalog prices across all category groups and products. Grainger offers WSWA wholesaler members a one-source solution for all MRO and industrial supplies. If interested, please contact Ali Comeaux, DSI general manager, at 303-277-3359 or via email. If you already have a Grainger account, she will assist in moving your account to the DSI program, and if you don't have a Grainger account number she will assist you in setting one up.
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