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Afternoon Brief, June 25

California Winegrape Growers Expected to Suffer $437 Million in Lost Sales This Fall Due to COVID-19: California winegrape growers could suffer at least $437 million in lost sales from this year’s grape harvest due to COVID-19 related economic disruptions...

Afternoon Brief, June 23

When Will Big Beverage Alcohol Retailers Get Serious About eCommerce?: According to Nielsen, alcoholic beverage eCommerce has seen ten consecutive weeks of triple digit year over year growth since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis...

Nielsen Data: Some Alcohol Consumers Returning to Pre-COVID Shopping Patterns

Unless otherwise noted, all trends below are for dollar sales within Nielsen U.S. off-premise channels for the one-week period ending 6/13/20 compared to the...

Afternoon Brief, June 19

Time to Take Tariffs Threat Seriously: The US wine trade – and the media – needs to start learning the facts behind the latest tariff threat...

Off-Premise Alcohol Growth Rates Slow, Shifts Back to the On-Premise

Unless otherwise noted, all trends below are for dollar sales within Nielsen U.S. off-premise channels for the one-week period ending 6/6/20 compared to the...

Afternoon Brief, June 12

The Curious Case of the Withdrawn Wine: US editor W. Blake Gray has many questions – but few answers – about a bottle pulled from an auction this week...

Afternoon Brief, June 11

Data Shows Economists Are Wrong—Wine Industry Doesn’t Support Trump: Quite recently the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) made headlines by publishing a dataset highlighting presidential campaign contributions originating from individuals in the wine industry. It created a bit of a stir, particularly the AAWE’s conclusion that “The U.S. Wine Industry overwhelmingly supports President Trump”. Some thought this conclusion misrepresented the data and reality...

Afternoon Brief, June 9

Foley Family Wines to Acquire Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery: Two of America’s leading family-owned and operated wineries jointly announce that Foley Family Wines (FFW) has reached an agreement to acquire Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery...

Nielsen: Off-Premise Alcohol Gains Likely to Further Decelerate

Unless otherwise noted, all trends below are for dollar sales within Nielsen U.S. off-premise channels for the one-week period ending 5/30/20 compared to the...

Afternoon Brief, June 5

More Drinkers Cut Than Increase Alcohol in Lockdown, Survey Says: People missing out on drinking in restaurants and bars during coronavirus lockdowns are not entirely making up for it by pouring more at home, a survey of nine countries conducted on behalf of beer, wine and spirits companies showed...

Afternoon Brief, June 2

Pierce’s Disease Resistant Vines Now a Reality After Years of Research: Carrying a heavy economic burden for those areas of the country with infestation of the glassy winged sharpshooter (GWSS), Pierce’s disease is a plant pathogen, transmitted exclusively by sap-feeding insects...

New Buyers and Large Basket Size Fuel Alcohol eCommerce Triple Digit...

Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Practice reports that year-over-year growth rate for total off-premise alcohol dollar sales within Nielsen measured channels is +24.8%, +5.4% compared to...

Afternoon Brief, June 1

The Wine, Winery and Winemaker That Made the Biggest Impact in the Past 10 Years: Vintage after vintage over the last 10 years, Almaviva has been quietly and consistently establishing a track record as one of the greatest wine producers in Chile, if not the world...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Caymus Winery Owner Chuck Wagner Sues California Over Tasting Room Closures: Napa veteran calls it unfair that wineries serving food can open tasting rooms while others - including all Napa wineries - cannot...

Afternoon Brief, May 27

Premium Wine Falls Victim to Coronavirus: Premiumization might be over for wine as producers look to offer value ahead of prestige to an uncertain market...