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03.2008

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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IN GOOD TIMES and BAD, SPIRITS PREVAIL

Article by: MBB - Whether we’re happy or sad, rich or poor, we Americans still like our cocktails. The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) recently reported that in 2OO7 distilled spirits grew for the eighth straight year, with sales up 5.6% totaling $18.2 billion and volume rising 2.4% to 181.5 million cases as consumers continued their fascination with cocktails and high-end products. The Council also reported that, despite a weakening economy, the growth would continue for a ninth year in [...] Read More »

A NEW NAME REFLECTS EXPANDED MISSION

Article by: MBB - Massachusetts Licensed Beverage Association has a new name and an expanded mission. The New England Licensed Beverage Association, or NELBA, formerly the MassLBA, will continue to serve the needs of on-premise liquor licensees throughout New England. Terry Connaughton, who served as Executive Director of the MassLBA, will serve as President, and the organization will name directors for each of the six states that the organization represents. NELBA, the New England on-premise affiliate of American Beverage [...] Read More »

PUBLICK HOUSE GOES RETAIL

Article by: MBB - There’s a new beer shop on the block. Publick House Provisions, a new gourmet grocery from the owners of renowned The Publick House in Brookline was scheduled to open its doors on March 1, just one block from the beer bar-kitchen. All of the beers sold at The Publick House – including over 1OO Belgian brews – will be available for purchase at Publick House Provisions. Continuing in The Publick House tradition of pairing craft [...] Read More »

7 Bids for Absolut

Article by: MBB - The Sweden government has received seven indicative bids in the first stage of an auction of Absolut vodka maker Vin & Sprit. Bidding for the firm, the centerpiece of the country’s largest privatization program, starts at 4O billion Swedish Crowns ($6.18 billion). More than 3O firms were invited to participate in the auction and analysts have said they expected a handful of serious contenders. The sale of V&S, which analysts have said could fetch as [...] Read More »

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