How to Draft a Solid Distribution Agreement for Franchise and Non-Franchise States

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(Image: Donna H. Hartman, Esq)

Donna focuses her practice on the representation of companies in the alcoholic beverage industry. In her more than twenty years of experience, she has worked with numerous preeminent brands.

Her areas of expertise include corporate legal affairs, general corporate, commercial transactions, due diligence, acquisitions/dispositions, legal and regulatory compliance, employment law, and intellectual property management. Donna represents the Millstone Spirits Group LLC, a Pennsylvania-based craft distiller, The Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd., based in Ireland, as well as others in the industry.

Previously, Donna was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc., a global industry leader of premium beverage alcohol products. Donna is also actively involved in the beverage alcohol industry, and has held various leadership posts at the National Association of Beverage Importers, Inc. (NABI) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

Time & Venue :

The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City on May 16th at 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm.

Grab your USATT conference passes and learn more from Donna H. Hartman about distribution agreements.

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Event Producer: Beverage Trade Network

USA Trade Tasting is brought to you by Beverage Trade Network, the leading online platform dedicated to connecting the global beverage industry.

Why is USATT Beneficial For You?

As a buyer, your time is valuable, and you need a compelling reason to attend a trade show happening in New York City. We don’t have one, rather we have six.

Here are 6 reasons why you must attend USA Trade Tasting at the Met Pavilion in New York City on May 16 & 17, 2017.

Networking

This is an excellent time for you to meet and greet with industry professionals. We bring together importers, distributors, retailers, producers from over 20 countries, members of the press and international attendees all under the one roof. Everyone present is here for a reason – they are ready for business, to learn and grow their enterprise and curious to see what’s new.

There is the Tasting Floor where you are sure to run into someone you know and meet some new faces, but aside from that there is a networking hour dedicated just for you to have conversations at a relaxed pace.

Sourcing Unique and Innovative Products

In an industry flooded with the same old products, everyone is looking for the next big thing. We have looked through the products brought in by our exhibitors and those that we found to be truly innovating and exceptional have been marked so. You will find these mentioned separately in the Program Guide as well as highlighted with a badge on the exhibitor table. Will you find a winning product at USATT?

Show Deals

Don’t walk away empty handed. This is your day to make a deal and a good one at that. Exhibitors are giving away the best deals possible for these two-days only. So come to the trade floor and grab these deals that will not last beyond the close of USA Trade Tasting.

Attending masterclasses

This year we have picked masterclasses for two burgeoning regions. Ripe for the picking, come and taste these excellent wines and make them part of your portfolio.

Beaujolais: Wines from this region are known to over-deliver in every way possible. With more than 50% of their stock selling out within a week natively, you know they have something good to offer. Lying so close to Burgundy that sometimes it is confused with it, these wines stand out proudly on their own. Produced solely from the Gamay grape, using hand-picked methods, come and find out why these need to be part of your portfolio.

Chateau Rongzi: Jean-Claude Berrouet is a wine-maker with a history, a rich history spanning a few decades of award-winning wines from Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux. He is known for being a “classicist” winemaker and making wines that are balanced and represent their origins. He spent a year at Chateau Rongzi, perfecting these wines to be true to their terroir.

You wouldn’t want to miss these iconic wines produced in the Shanxi region of China.

USATT Conference

We have a great line-up of speakers this year and our conference topics are designed with subjects for importers, distributors, retailers and producers.

Hear Jonathan Newman tell you how to win over mega retail chain stores and let Thomas Barfoed from JF Hillebrand, the world leaders in logistics show you how best to optimize this big-ticket expense for your company; Stephen Fahy talks about merchandising programs that work for retailers in today’s world.  There is also a Press panel to talk about major media related questions.

USATT Office Hours

A Q&A session designed especially for importers and distributors where they can ask their questions to industry veterans and have their questions answered by them. USATT’s Office Hours sessions give you a chance to talk one-on-one with speakers and mentors. Importers and distributors will share what they are really looking for when selecting a new brand. What do they expect from a new brand? And, why some brands make it and some don’t. There will be in-depth advice and discussion on what importers and distributors are really looking for.

A panel question and answer session will be included in USA Trade Tasting 2017 as part of the Conference. This will cover pertinent information like what your introductory communication to a prospective importer and/or distributor should say.  We  have conducted research to identify the defined set of questions and concerns importers and distributors want addressed in order to consider a supplier. We’ll give you the outline for the key elements needed in a pitch document.  This will allow each winery to have a competitive edge and the information you provide will communicate to the importer/distributor that you are aware of the workings of the U.S. alcoholic beverage market.

Event Producer: Beverage Trade Network

USA Trade Tasting is brought to you by Beverage Trade Network, the leading online platform dedicated to connecting the global beverage industry. Beverage Trade Network (BTN) successfully connects wineries, breweries, distilleries and brand owners with international importers, distributors, brokers and beverage industry professionals on a daily basis. Strong partnerships with international and US organizations have helped BTN establish USA Trade Tasting as a premiere sales and marketing event committed to connecting the beverage industry.

USA Trade Tasting 2017 Buyers Registration Now Open. RSVP NOW

Press Panel: 2016 USA Trade Tasting Conference

2016 USA Trade Tasting Conference

Adam Teeter (VinePair) will be moderating the press panel. Follow along as Gregg Glaser (Distillery Age), David Ransom (The Tasting Panel and SOMM Journal), W R Tish (Beverage Media) and Felicity Carter (Meininger’s Wine Business international) discuss the current world of publishing in the alcoholic beverage industry.

Questions discussed are:

– What do you consider to be good content?
– How can a brand best get noticed by press?
– How do you approach the idea of native, or paid for, content? What advice would you give brands?
– What are examples of good images in a press release?

USA Trade Tasting (USATT) is an annual adult beverage trade trade tasting and business conference where brand owners can connect with importers, state distributors, retailers and press of USA. 2017 USATT will be hosted in New York City on May 16-17. Backed with conference sessions, USATT helps exhibitors develop their sales network and adopt successful distribution strategies.

With instructional seminars exploring practical ways to address the current market, executives from some of the country’s leading companies will present their tried and true blue-prints to successfully maneuvering in the US industry. Get involved with 2017 USATT and grow your distribution.

If you are a wine, beer or spirits producer or an USA importer looking to grow, USATT is the perfect platform to help you connect with state distributors, importers and retailers in USA.

Event Producer: Beverage Trade Network

USA Trade Tasting is brought to you by Beverage Trade Network, the leading online platform dedicated to connecting the global beverage industry. Beverage Trade Network (BTN) successfully connects wineries, breweries, distilleries and brand owners with international importers, distributors, brokers and beverage industry professionals on a daily basis. Strong partnerships with international and US organizations have helped BTN establish USA Trade Tasting as a premiere sales and marketing event committed to connecting the beverage industry.

USA Trade Tasting 2017 Buyers Registration Now Open RSVP NOW

 

 

How Your Sales Teams Can Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace

How Your Sales Teams Can Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace


In a fast-moving session, Darryl Rosen, former owner of Chicago’s legendary Sam’s Wines & Spirits gives you a retailer’s perspective on how your sales teams can stand out in a crowded marketplace.

USA Trade Tasting (USATT) is an annual adult beverage trade trade tasting and business conference where brand owners can connect with importers, state distributors, retailers and press of USA. 2017 USATT will be hosted in New York City on May 16-17. Backed with conference sessions, USATT helps exhibitors develop their sales network and adopt successful distribution strategies.

With instructional seminars exploring practical ways to address the current market, executives from some of the country’s leading companies will present their tried and true blue-prints to successfully maneuvering in the US industry. Get involved with 2017 USATT and grow your distribution.

If you are a wine, beer or spirits producer (domestic or international) or an USA importer looking to grow state distribution, USATT is the perfect platform to help you connect with state distributors, importers and retailers in USA. Exhibitor registrations are now open. Learn more about pricing and how to exhibit here.

Event Producer: Beverage Trade Network

USA Trade Tasting is brought to you by Beverage Trade Network, the leading online platform dedicated to connecting the global beverage industry. Beverage Trade Network (BTN) successfully connects wineries, breweries, distilleries and brand owners with international importers, distributors, brokers and beverage industry professionals on a daily basis. Strong partnerships with international and US organizations have helped BTN establish USA Trade Tasting as a premiere sales and marketing event committed to connecting the beverage industry.

USA Trade Tasting 2017 Buyers Registration Now Open RSVP NOW

Cider and Concert at the USATT Conference

USA Trade Tasting (USATT Conference) Is More Than Just Business

On March 23, top thinkers and influential beverage professionals will met in New York City at the USATT Conference or USA Trade Tasting Conference for a day of insightful presentations and ‘How-To’ seminars on sales, distribution and management.

Music on the Main Stage

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Not only was the conference schedule filled with a premiere line-up of speakers, but Steph Kenna, one of Broadway’s top up-and-coming musicians, played on the main stage during our complimentary lunch at the USA Trade Tasting Conference. (USATT Conference)

Sit Down Service During the Conference.

virtue_ciderVirtue Cider was served as a sit-down service of their premium cider to guests as they attended long time industry veteran Adam Lambert’s presentation, ‘How to Build a National Brand.’

Event Producer: Beverage Trade Network

USA Trade Tasting is brought to you by Beverage Trade Network, the leading online platform dedicated to connecting the global beverage industry. Beverage Trade Network (BTN) successfully connects wineries, breweries, distilleries and brand owners with international importers, distributors, brokers and beverage industry professionals on a daily basis. Strong partnerships with international and US organizations have helped BTN establish USA Trade Tasting as a premiere sales and marketing event committed to connecting the beverage industry.

USA Trade Tasting 2017 Buyers Registration Now Open RSVP NOW

Data Report on the U.S. Wine, Beer and Spirit Industry

John Beaudette, President and CEO of MHW, gave USA Trade Tasting visitors an in-depth look at the US Market in his presentation, “USA Data Points for Importers, Distributors and Suppliers.”

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John Beaudette explored current trends in the US market and gives attendees a real look at who is directing the industry.  With over twenty years of experience developing brand entry strategy into the USA, John’s presentation helped suppliers understand how to successfully navigate the three tier system.

Key points covered by Beaudette in his USATT Conference seminar , “USA Data Points for Importers, Distributors and Suppliers,” included:

  • Market share of wine, beer and spirit categories
  • Recent on and off premise trends
  • Route to market options for small and medium sized suppliers
  • Imported vs domestic data
  • Distribution entities and options
  • Consumer trends by category

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