Beverage Dynamics

Beverage Dynamics - March/April 2017

Beverage Dynamics is the largest national business magazine devoted exclusively to the needs of off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, from single liquor stores to big box chains, through coverage of the latest trends in wine, beer and spirits.

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8 Beverage Dynamics • March/April 2017 Editor's NOTE VP, Beverage Group Amy Collins Editor Jeremy Nedelka Tel: 203-855-8499 x2213 email: Managing Editor Kyle Swartz Tel: 203-855-8499 x2225 email: Contributing Editors Julie Johnson Sarah Protzman Howlett Jonathan Newman Jack Robertiello Melissa Niksic Thomas Henry Strenk Senior Regional Sales Manager Bruce Kostic Tel: 203-855-8499, x2215 email: Senior Regional Sales Manager Mark Marcon Tel: 763-383-4456 email: Senior Regional Sales Manager Debbie Rittenberg Tel: 763-383-4455 email: Art Director Andrea Schneider Production Director Cherri Perschmann Tel: 763-383-4425 email: Managing Art Director Dodi Vessels Senior Research Analyst Marina Velez Tel: 203-855-8499 x2212 email: LIST RENTAL MeritDirect, Jim Scova email: Tel: 914-368-1012 REPRINTS Circulation and Audience Development Manager Robin Cooper email: Sr VP/Audience Development Joanne Juda-Prainito Sr VP/Finance & Operations Gerald Winkel CEO Marion Minor RETAILER EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Ralph Bondon Berbiglia's Hal Gershman Happy Harry's Bottle Shop Ron Junge Brown Derby Stores Ted Farrell Haskell's Ed Mulvihill Peco's Liquors Steve Small Yankee Wine & Spirits Charles Sonnenberg Frugal MacDoogal's Beverage Dynamics is published by EPG Media & Specialty Information Editorial and executive offi ces at 17 High St., 2nd Fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 Telephone: 203-855-8499 Fax: 203-855-9446 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, Beverage Dy- namics is proud to feature the best of the best. And unlike the Oscars, our announced winners are fi nal (no accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers or envelopes are involved). Our cover feature reveals the fastest-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 Growth Brands Awards 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 Martin, Sauza and Svedka. All Growth Brands Award winners will be honored at a reception during the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention on April 18 at the Highball & Har- vest restaurant in the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando. Entries are now open for the annual Advertising & Promotion Awards, which recognize the most innovative advertising, marketing, partnerships and activation programs. The awards span all media – print, television, digital, mobile, live events and more – in more than 50 categories. All in-house marketers and outside agen- cies are encouraged to enter. Details can be found in the brochure in this issue (page 65) and at And our next issue will feature the winners of the Retailers of the Year Awards. This year's recipients represent every facet of the industry – regional chains, local chains, single-store independents and even municipal stores. All 15 winners will be included in the May/June issue, and will re- ceive their awards at the inaugural Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference in Minneap- olis on June 14. Still haven't registered to attend this must-see educational event for off-premise retailers? Visit BevRetailersCon- today to sign up and book your room before they're sold out. 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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