Visitor Registrations Now Open for Both USATT & ABID Conference

In May 2018, New York City will once again become the center of the alcohol beverage trade, as two major events open their doors to members of the wine and spirits industry: the United States Trade Tasting (USATT) event and the Alcohol Beverage Importers & Distributors (ABID) conference. Both of these events will take place on May 15-16 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, and both of them are now open for conference registration.

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Make Your Wine Store a Lean, Mean, Selling Machine

Stephen Fahy of the Wine Library emphasized that producers always have to be thinking like a marketer. Wine brands, he said, need to take an activist approach to getting noticed within the U.S. marketplace. That means infusing your brand with passion and enthusiasm. And it also means staying one step ahead of what customers want in the marketplace, “Look for new angles, new perspectives, and new opportunities. Always.” Continue reading

What Is The Supplier Obligation?

I have two kids.  They are wonderful kids and like siblings, they argue about nearly everything.  Who does what?  Who is responsible for what and who gets credit for what?  Those are my kids’ struggles but that same scenario can play out with my supplier clients.  Suppliers that are with ANY distributor lament the lack of effort on behalf of their brand.  Suppliers, like my kids, think that mom and dad will handle it all and they will be the recipient of the benefits of being our kids or with distribution.  That is just not true! Continue reading

Maximize your Success at Trade Fairs

As the number of liquor brands has increased, so has the complexity for buyers and sellers to meet and discover new opportunities. Trade fairs and trade exhibitions are events that can bring buyers and sellers together in one place, adding value by connecting potential business partners. Continue reading

Three Tiers of Industry Networking at the USA Trade Tasting

Distribution is one of the biggest challenges facing wine and spirits producers. On one hand, suppliers are demanding “strategic distribution”-the kind that connects products with engaged customers and correlates brand status with like-minded retail and restaurant outlets. On the other hand, you have retail stores and sommeliers, responding to our narrative-rich culture, demanding innovative, niche and authentic products with a “cool” story to tell. The distributor lies in the middle, facing language barriers, industry consolidation, ever-changing market dynamics, state regulations, supply chain hiccups, and an increasingly crowded market place. You soon begin to understand that this is a complex global business! Continue reading