Signorello Estate sees strong support while rebuilding after fire | WSWA CEO: Court ruling supports 3-tier system | Chinese wine firm invests in Australia's Kilikanoon
December 15, 2017
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Signorello Estate sees strong support while rebuilding after fire
Vintners affected by the wildfires that hit Northern California this fall are working to rebuild amid growing community support. Signorello Estate is currently unable to receive visitors after losing its headquarters, but the winemaker has seen brisk wholesale and restaurant sales since the fires.
Capital Press Agriculture (Salem, Ore.) (12/14) 
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WSWA CEO: Court ruling supports 3-tier system
A recent US Supreme Court ruling clarifies the rules for interstate wine shipments and reinforces the three-tier system, said Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO Craig Wolf. Producers can ship out of state, but the system ensures that state taxes are being paid and the law followed, Wolf said.
Shanken News Daily (12/14) 
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Chinese wine firm invests in Australia's Kilikanoon
Changyu Pioneer Wine, China's biggest wine firm, has purchased an 80% stake in the Kilikanoon winery of Australia. The winery currently sells 10% of its wine to China, but that could rise to 50% as the company grows in the wake of the investment, according to Kilikanoon Managing Director Warrick Duthy.
Wine Spectator (12/14) 
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Pendleton Whisky to be acquired for $205 million
Becle has agreed to acquire Canadian whisky brand Pendleton from Hood River Distillers for $205 million. When the deal closes, Pendleton will join a portfolio that includes Jose Cuervo tequila and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
The Spirits Business (U.K.) (12/14) 
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Trends & Innovations
Canadian distillery sells out of new single malt
A 26-year-old distiller has sold out of her first batch of single-malt whiskey, the first made in Alberta, Canada. Caitlin Quinn founded the Eau Claire Distillery, which is selling its single malt for about $74.
CBC News (Canada) (12/14) 
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Minibar Delivery brings service to Jacksonville, Fla.
Minibar Delivery has begun offering service in Jacksonville, Fla., through a partnership with four local liquor store locations. Customers browse a shop's inventory via the app and pay a $5 fee for delivery in 30 to 60 minutes.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Jacksonville, Fla. (12/14) 
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In N.C., rivals see ways to compete with Amazon
Amazon has begun offering beer and wine delivery in Raleigh, N.C., through its Prime Now service. Local liquor stores say they will match its speed and also offer a better experience to those who will come into the store.
WNCN-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/15) 
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SmartBrief Originals
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Shoppers' grocery preferences caught readers' attention this week
A list detailing where shoppers in each state like to buy groceries topped the lineup of most-read food and beverage stories this week, followed by tales from packaged food brands including Oreo, General Mills and McCormick & Co. News from Kroger, Ahold Delhaize and Conagra also ranked high with readers.
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Operations
How to set goals for next year
How to set goals for next year
Write down your achievements before your professional year comes to an end, making sure to note specific statistics and metrics, Michele Lando writes. After that, figure out goals that can help you build on those accomplishments next year.
Glassdoor (12/13) 
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WSWA News
Members save on Maxon Liftgates
WSWA and DSI present wholesaler members a program with Maxon offering significant savings when purchasing liftgates. Maxon offers the following to WSWA wholesaler members:
  • Exclusive WSWA wholesaler member pricing on Maxon liftgates
  • All liftgates purchased under this program include a no cost extended warranty of 3 years for parts and labor
To receive a customized quote contact DSI General Manager Ali Comeaux at 303-277-3359 or via email.
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