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3011, 2023

Imported wines are taking over the American Market

By |November 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Imports of wine to the United States have reached record highs. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in 2022, the USA was the leading global importer of wine by both volume and value. Furthermore, it secured the second spot in bulk wine imports by volume, with an average import price of €0.82 ($0.89) per liter. The primary wine-exporting nations to the USA by volume were Spain, Italy, and France. 

3011, 2023

Imported wines are taking over the American Market

By |November 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Imports of wine to the United States have reached record highs. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in 2022, the USA was the leading global importer of wine by both volume and value. Furthermore, it secured the second spot in bulk wine imports by volume, with an average import price of €0.82 ($0.89) per liter. The primary wine-exporting nations to the USA by volume were Spain, Italy, and France. 

2509, 2023

New California Redemption Value (CRV) Requirements

By |September 25, 2023|Categories: News|

Starting January 1, 2024, wine and distilled spirits products will be added to the California Beverage Container Recycling Program (BCRP). The Bottle Bill will require beverage containers to have a California Redemption Value (CRV) ranging from $0.05 to $0.25. Beginning July 1, 2025, producers will be required to include “CA Redemption Value,” “California Redemption Value,” “CA Cash Refund,” “California Cash Refund,” or “CA CRV” on all beverage containers sold or offered for sale in California. The new regulations are being touted as the largest change to the California Wine Industry since the end of prohibition. And It is set to affect nearly 50% of wine [...]

2505, 2023

Drizly’s Summer Drinks Brand – created by AI

By |May 25, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |

Drizly released their 5th annual Consumer Trend Report which reveals what Americans are drinking and what they are expected to drink this summer and beyond. The press release included 6 key finding; drink choices are changing this summer, staying in is increasing, gifting drinks are for holidays, Americans are saying no to alcohol, home parties are increasing, and shoppers trust recommendations from their friends. While reading through the report I started to think of current brands that would fit the bill for the future or if there was a gap in the market. If there was a gap, would it be possible [...]

2505, 2023

Drizly’s Summer Drinks Brand – created by AI

By |May 25, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |

Drizly released their 5th annual Consumer Trend Report which reveals what Americans are drinking and what they are expected to drink this summer and beyond. The press release included 6 key finding; drink choices are changing this summer, staying in is increasing, gifting drinks are for holidays, Americans are saying no to alcohol, home parties are increasing, and shoppers trust recommendations from their friends. While reading through the report I started to think of current brands that would fit the bill for the future or if there was a gap in the market. If there was a gap, would it be possible [...]

2505, 2023

Reviewing the Direct Shipping Bill of Rights

By |May 25, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Craft Wine Association recently had a productive meeting to discuss the draft National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights. This was the first opportunity for producers to weigh in on a set of principles based on the “Model Direct Shipping Bill” that, while progressive at the time, is now more than 25 years old.

1104, 2023

Why Our Advocacy Work is Important 

By |April 11, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |

This year as we take our advocacy efforts to the next level, we are targeting policies that are potentially harmful to our industry and, in particular, damage the existing direct shipping rules or build additional unnecessary hurdles, such as the recent proposal by the Illinois legislature, HR 2399 that would require warehouses that pick and pack wine for wineries to obtain a license and generate special monthly reports for the state on the shipments.  

2303, 2023

Must Reads for DTC Proponents: Tom Wark’s New Book and Website 

By |March 23, 2023|Categories: Commentary, News|

With Tom Wark’s forthcoming book Fermenting Change: The Politics, Corruption and Reform of the Three-Tier System, there are distinct signs of change and momentum building for the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) movement within the alcohol industry.  

2909, 2022

Vinoshipper: Spade & Sparrows successfully uses direct to consumer (DTC) sales as on-ramp to the 3-tier system

By |September 29, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: |

“We are incredibly grateful to have secured retail partners such as Target, Walmart & Total Wine. Vinoshipper has been a huge part in opening those doors for us”, stated Alex Lightman, Chief Operating Officer at Spade & Sparrows.

707, 2022

Vinoshipper: Why Consumers are Winning a Key Battle in the Wine Industry

By |July 7, 2022|Categories: Commentary, Industry, News|

Rhetoric is heating up about direct sales in the wine and spirits industry. As with many other industries, technology and the Internet are bringing inevitable changes that create friction for the establishment, in this case the Three Tier System that includes wholesalers and retailers, who also stand to benefit from the expansion of the market.

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