Article by: Liza Weisstuch - The economy may have been slow to rebound throughout the past 18 months, but gains for the tequila category have been strong and forceful, with high-end premium and super premium segments outpacing the pack. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, suppliers’ gross revenue for tequila grew a total of 4% in 2O1O, with high-end premium leading the way with 15.5% while premium products remained stagnant, indicating that consumers were trading up. [...] Read More »
THE RETAILER ROUNDUP
Article by: Brandy Rand - Massachusetts retailers have had a few tough years weathering the economic downturn and a state-imposed alcohol tax – all of which affected consumer spending. Luckily, 2O11 is starting out tax-free, and the economy seems to be slowly rebounding. So what does this mean for our business in the year ahead? Take a look at what these retailers have identified as successful strategies for growing their business, and what they see consumers buying. [...] Read More »
YOUTH POTION’S DEMISE?
Article by: Harvey Finkel, MD - Has resveratrol’s reign as sovereign panacea abruptly ended? In early December GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the British pharmaceutical behemoth, announced it had given up on resveratrol research to extend life span because of ineffectiveness and adverse effects on the kidneys of subjects in a recent trial. Resveratrol (called SRT5O1 by Glaxo), the most prominent of red wine’s polyphenolic antioxidants, has been thought to hold major salutary cardiovascular and other benefits. But it was its mimicry of life-lengthening [...] Read More »
Article by: Bill Nesto, MW - Last January, Boston welcomed Martine Saunier with heaps of snow, freezing temperatures, and biting winds. She was a speaker at the 2O11 Boston Wine Expo. She lectured about her life and work as an importer of French wine. As she spoke, she guided the audience through a tasting of 9 wines. A minor illness kept her from sampling the wines with the us. She told stories about the producers as they tasted. I have edited [...] Read More »