2018 USA Trade Tasting Special Pricing Ends February 28.

For any new wine, beer or spirits brand looking to grow their distribution within the U.S. marketplace, the key success factor is being able to grow awareness of their products in the minds of both consumers and potential distributors. Continue reading

Its Time to Book your 2018 Exhibitor Spot

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. It’s time to book your 2018 Exhibitor Spot for USA Trade Tasting 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

How Importers and Distributors Can Build a Strong Sales Force

At the USATT17 Conference, Josh Wand, Founder of BevForce, shared his insights on how importers and distributors can build a strong sales force for the U.S. market. As Wand explained, it’s all about hiring the best team possible. he outlined two of the keys to employee retention: offering fair market value compensation and building a healthy, positive sales culture. Continue reading

The New Brand Craft Phenomenon: An Even Better Future

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During his presentation at USATT 2017 (“The New Brand / Craft Phenomenon”), John Beaudette, President and CEO of MHW, Ltd., emphasized that “The perfect beverage alcohol storm is here.” Continue reading