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2009-10-21 09:10:00

NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Are wine tastings permitted in Massachusetts? Is happy hour prohibited in Nebraska? Are billboards advertising beer allowed in Hawaii? The answer to these questions and more can be found in the newly released edition of the Beverage Information Group's Fact Book. For more than 15 years, the Fact Book has guided users through the beverage alcohol rules and regulations maze. And now, beverage alcohol marketers and retailers can also subscribe to...

2009-09-21 13:30:00

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The beer industry posted its third consecutive year of increased volume last year climbing 0.5%. However, the landscape of the industry changed dramatically and results for the first half of 2009 have not been as positive as originally forecast. The growth of the distilled spirits and wine industries continues to take market share away from beer industry, albeit at a slower rate in 2008 than previously. According to the Beverage Information Group's...

2009-09-14 08:37:00

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Overall wine consumption in the U.S. rose 0.9 percent in 2008 to 294.7 million 9-liter cases, according to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2009 Wine Handbook. Although the growth rate has slowed slightly, this marks the fifteenth consecutive year of case gains. Due to the current recessionary environment, consumers have become more frugal with their purchases, trading down toward value-priced wines in both the on-and off-premise....

2009-07-28 08:00:00

NORWALK, Conn., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2009 Liquor Handbook, total distilled spirits consumption rose 2.1 percent in 2008 to 185.6 million 9-liter cases. This gain marks the eleventh consecutive year of advances for the industry. A development cited in the 2009 Liquor Handbook is that imported spirits' growth was slower than that of their domestic counterparts for the first time since 2001. This is a direct result of not...

2009-03-02 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beverage Information Group announced today that Liza Zimmerman, former managing editor of Market Watch -- the trade arm of the company that publishes Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado -- has been named chief editor of Cheers magazine. In her new post, Zimmerman will be overseeing Cheers' editorial content and conference planning as well as developing new online, print, and face-to-face products for the Beverage Information Group and...

2008-10-07 09:00:36

NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- During the first seven months of 2008, the U.S. beer industry has experienced dramatic change with MillerCoors officially working together as one entity, and the merger between Belgium-based InBev and U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch. Despite the mega mergers and a difficult economic environment bringing higher costs for ingredients like barley and hops, the light and import beer segments are forecasted to grow 2 percent and 2.1 percent respectively, on an...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'