WhistlePig Whiskey listening to takeover offers, sources say | Craft beverage-makers form Wis. Craft Beverage Coalition | Mexican chef pairs beverages with insect delicacies
June 23, 2017
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WhistlePig Whiskey listening to takeover offers, sources say
Vermont-based WhistlePig Whiskey is considering takeover offers, according to sources, amid several recent investments in small distilleries by major liquor brands. WhistlePig's Boss Hog: Black Prince Rye Whiskey won best in show at this year's San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Bloomberg (6/22) 
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Craft beverage-makers form Wis. Craft Beverage Coalition
Craft beer, wine and spirits-makers have formed a nonprofit trade group, dubbed the Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition, to jointly represent their interests in the state. Started by the Wisconsin Winery Association, Wisconsin Brewers Guild and the Wisconsin Distillers Guild, the coalition will educate state lawmakers and promote legislation that helps the craft beverage industry thrive, according to a news release.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Trends & Innovations
Mexican chef pairs beverages with insect delicacies
At Mexico's Fairmont Mayakoba, chef Erika Montesinos has crafted a menu pairing drinks with insects, such as Mezcal Espadin with grasshoppers. Linking modern cuisine to the local practice of eating insects allows her to expose visiting guests to innovative flavors, she says.
Forbes (6/22) 
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Major Lazer maximizes Bacardi partnership to spread its music
Electronic dancehall trio Major Lazer views its partnership with Bacardi as a natural brand extension and a valuable opportunity for music promotion. The group, which is promoting its new single "Front of the Line" as part of the campaign, believes the Bacardi sponsorship opens doors for musical styles that are considered niche in the US markets.
Billboard (6/22) 
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SmartBrief Originals
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Lidl beats Amazon for most-read food news this week
News that Lidl is opening its first US stores topped a most-clicked list this week that was dominated by grocery news. The Amazon-Whole Foods purchase was the subject of many of SmartBrief's most-viewed articles, along with stories on Nestle's potential plan to sell its US confectionery unit, Campbell Soup's new leadership staff and acquisitions talk at Hormel.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (6/23) 
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Government & Regulatory Affairs
"Brunch bill" added to other N.C. alcohol legislation
A bill that would allow Sunday alcohol service to start before noon, also known as the "brunch bill," has been paired with another bill that has advanced in the North Carolina Legislature. Supporters of the measure say it would help businesses that serve Sunday brunch.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (6/22) 
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Other News
6 habits for managers to break
Managers can easily find themselves playing favorites, which robs them of new perspectives and ideas, while not giving each employee a chance to shine, writes Joel Garfinkle. He lists six bad habits to watch out for, including having a go-to person for everything, preferring a single style and creating hierarchies that squash open-door policies.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/19) 
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Brands and cultures can't stand apart
Company cultures and brands should have "an interdependent and mutually reinforcing relationship" to help increase competitiveness and customer satisfaction while reducing turnover, writes Denise Lee Yohn. Businesses can create a standout brand by having a unified purpose and core values and seeing how closely brand and culture line up.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/22) 
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Members save on small package shipping with UPS
DSI has negotiated a program with UPS to bring WSWA wholesaler members significant savings on their small package shipping needs. This program includes discounts for air, ground, commercial, residential and more. To find out more about this program and take advantage of the savings available to WSWA Wholesaler Members (only), current and new customers need to contact DSI General Manager Ali Comeaux at 303-277-3359 or via email.
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