September 21, 2021
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Pernod Ricard will purchase one of the largest online liquor retailers, The Whisky Exchange, and its 10,000-product catalog for an undisclosed amount. The E-commerce market is important to Pernod Ricard's long-term strategy, CEO Alexandre Ricard said.
Full Story: The Spirits Business (U.K.) (9/21),  Drinks International online (9/21),  BeverageDaily (France) (9/21),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (9/21) 
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McBride Sisters' canned wine funds COVID-19 relief
Andrea and Robin McBride (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Profits from the McBride Sisters Collection canned wine division, She Can, fund various initiatives designed to close race and gender gaps, including $330,000 in COVID-19 relief for women- and Black-owned businesses. McBride Sisters Collection, started by Robin and Andrea McBride in 2009, is the US' largest Black-owned wine company.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/19) 
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Two years of travel to 22 farms in Mexico's Oaxaca state led Sonya Vega to a fifth-generation, woman-led farm with the delicate recipe she sought for Dona Vega Mezcal. The brand's artisanal, organic method eases the bite of traditional mezcal, global sales of which are expected to grow almost 18% by the end of next year.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (9/20) 
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Camins 2 Dreams' founders have channeled their story and roots into the winery's natural, bold varieties. They "want to be able to represent and be a support group" in the industry, said Tara Gomez, who started the label with her wife, Mireia Taribo, after they worked together at Paso Robles, Calif.'s J. Lohr Vineyard & Wines.
Full Story: Bon Appetit (9/21) 
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8 ways ERP empowers wine & spirits supply chains
Encompass Technologies' comprehensive E8 ERP software helps over 600 beverage distribution warehouses increase operational efficiency and manage growth effectively. The customizable system is specifically built for the wine and spirits distribution industry and functions to fit unique business needs. Read more.
Industry trends
Liter bottles have become a popular vessel for affordable, everyday wines in the years since natural-wine importers spotted a hole in the market and began using the oversize bottles to attract fun-seeking, budget-conscious consumers getting into wine, writes Ari Bendersky. "These aren't just one-note delicious wines, but more layered, complex wines," said Michael Drapkin, owner of Kingston Wine Co., in Kingston, N.Y.
Full Story: Punch (9/20) 
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Champagne flows into Russia as label dispute continues
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Champagne shipments to Russia have restarted while the Comite Champagne continues its campaign to change Russia's label rules, the trade group says. Russian law requires the term "sparkling wine" on the back labels of Champagne and reserves the translated word "Shampanskoye" for Russian products.
Full Story: Decanter (9/21) 
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Leadership & Logistics
Employees are more interested in setting their own schedules than participating in a hybrid work arrangement, HR leaders and executives say. "We're trying to empower employees and teams to take responsibility for what works for them rather than wait for us to set it," says Colleen McCreary, chief people officer for Credit Karma, which plans to offer flexible schedules.
Full Story: CNBC (9/20) 
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Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (9/20) 
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