StateWays - March/April 2017

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StateWays | | March/April 2017 6 NOTE e d i t o r ' s EDITOR JEREMY NEDELKA Tel: 203-855-8499 ext. 2213 MANAGING EDITOR KYLE SWARTZ Tel: 203-855-8499 ext. 2225 ART DIRECTOR ANDREA SCHNEIDER CONTRIBUTING EDITORS MELISSA NIKSIC JACK ROBERTIELLO THOMAS HENRY STRENK SR. REGIONAL SALES MANAGERS BRUCE KOSTIC Tel: 203-855-8499, ext. 2215 MARK MARCON Tel: 763-383-4456 DEBBIE RITTENBERG Tel: 763-383-4455 SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST MARINA VELEZ VICE PRESIDENT, BEVERAGE AMY COLLINS PRODUCTION DIRECTOR CHERRI PERSCHMANN Tel: 763-383-4425 REPRINTS Circulation and Audience Development Manager ROBIN COOPER LIST RENTAL JIM SCOVA Tel: 914-368-1012 StateWays is published by Beverage Information Group, a division of EPG Media & Specialty Information EDITORIAL OFFICES 17 High St., 2nd Fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 Tel: 203-855-8499 | Fax: 203-855-9446 EXECUTIVE OFFICES 10405 Sixth Ave. N., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55441 Tel: 763-383-4400 | Fax: 763-383-4499 AWARDS SEASON IS UPON US ONCE AGAIN SPRING IS A TIME WHEN WE GATHER to recognize the best in our industry. Whether it's recognizing stellar sales, honoring eye-catching promotions or saluting retail leaders, StateWays is proud to feature the best of the best. And unlike the Oscars, our announced winners are fi nal (no accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers or en- velopes are involved). Our Growth Brands feature reveals the fast- est-growing wine and spirit brands in the industry, from new products that started hot out of the gate to legacy brands that recaptured consumers' attention. More than 130 brands make up this year's list, in four categories. Six of those won their 15th Growth Brands Award this year, and will enter our prestigious Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially new Hall of Fame Inductees Bombay Sapphire, Hennessy, Patron, Remy Mar- tin, Sauza and Svedka. All Growth Brands Award winners will be honored at a recep- tion during the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention on April 18 at the Highball & Harvest restaurant in the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando. Later this year, we'll announce the win- ners of our third-annual Control States Best Practices Awards. Nominations are now open in eight categories for any state, county, municipal or provincial agency at www.State- Entries are due by Friday, July 14. Winners will be featured in the September/October issue of StateWays, and I encourage everyone to enter. • JEREMY NEDELKA, EDITOR April 18-21 WSWA Convention Orlando, FL May 22-25 NABCA Annual Conference Marco Island, FL June 12-14 Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference Minneapolis, MN October 8-11 NBWA Annual Convention Las Vegas, NV UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR ANNOUNCING BEVERAGE WHOLESALER! In March, the Beverage Information Group released its newest publication, Beverage Wholesaler. This weekly email newsletter provides news, data and information for the middle tier – distributors, wholesalers and brokers. If you want to stay on top of the latest trends impacting wholesalers, be sure to subscribe at today.

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