Stateways March April 2018

StateWays is the only magazine exclusively covering the control state system within the beverage alcohol industry, with annual updates from liquor control commissions and alcohol control boards and yearly fiscal reporting from control jurisdictions

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StateWays | | March/April 2018 6 NOTE e d i t o r ' s EDITOR JEREMY NEDELKA Tel: 203-855-8499 ext. 2213 MANAGING EDITOR KYLE SWARTZ Tel: 203-855-8499 ext. 2225 ART DIRECTOR NICOLE SIEWERT CONTRIBUTING EDITORS MAURA KELLER JACK ROBERTIELLO THOMAS HENRY STRENK SR. REGIONAL SALES MANAGERS BRUCE KOSTIC Tel: 203-855-8499, ext. 2215 MARK MARCON Tel: 763-383-4456 DEBBIE RITTENBERG Tel: 763-383-4455 SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER, DATA & INSIGHTS MARINA VELEZ VICE PRESIDENT, BEVERAGE AMY COLLINS SR. CREATIVE SERVICES PROJECT MANAGER ANGELA SCOTT Tel: 763-383-4441 REPRINTS For more information on e-prints or reprints from StateWays magazine, contact Wright's Media, - Wyndell Hamiton, 281-419-5725 x 152. LIST RENTAL JIM SCOVA Tel: 914-368-1012 StateWays is published by Beverage Information Group, a division of EPG Media & Specialty Information EDITORIAL OFFICES 17 High St., 2nd Fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 Tel: 203-855-8499 | Fax: 203-855-9446 EXECUTIVE OFFICES 10405 Sixth Ave. N., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55441 Tel: 763-383-4400 | Fax: 763-383-4499 ARE YOU A WINNER? THE WINNERS OF THE FIRST OF OUR ANNUAL award programs are featured in this issue – our Wine & Spirit Growth Brands. These 129 brands are the fastest-growing in the industry, and I'm sure they're fa- miliar to all off-premise retailers. At the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Convention in Las Vegas, Beverage Dy- namics will honor those winners at a reception, which will be covered in our next issue. Special recognition goes to new Hall of Fame mem- bers Juarez Tequila and Jameson, which earned their 15th Growth Brands Award this year. Our Spirits Supplier of the Year is Brown-Forman, and the Wine Supplier of the Year is Constellation Brands. Both had more respective winners on this year's list than any other supplier. For the fourth year in a row, StateWays will be honoring the control state agen- cies that exemplify success through our Best Practices Awards. The awards are open to municipal, county, state and provincial agencies throughout North Amer- ica, and nominations are now open in categories ranging from Best Distribution Innovation to Best Enforcement Program. As always, one winner will be chosen as "Best of the Best" and featured on the cover of the September/October issue. To enter your agency and to view all the rules, visit Finally, at the upcoming Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference in Denver, we'll honor 32 of the top retailers in the country. They represent a cross-section of the industry, from single-store operations to large regional chains and every- thing in-between. I hope readers from control states that oversee retail operations will join me at BARC for three days of educational sessions, networking opportu- nities and industry camaraderie. Last year's inaugural event in Minneapolis was a huge success, and I look for- ward to another year of helping retailers improve their businesses and succeed in a competitive marketplace. You can view our agenda, learn about the speaker lineup and register for BARC at Register today, as seating is limited. I hope to see you there! • JEREMY NEDELKA, EDITOR BEVERAGE WHOLESALER TURNS ONE! One year ago, Beverage Wholesaler launched as a weekly newsletter for wholesalers, distributors and brokers. Since then, the publication has featured interviews with major wholesalers and suppliers, stories about logistics, trucking, warehousing and other industry issues, and provided the latest news about the middle tier. If you're not receiving it, sign up for free today at UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR Apr 30 – May 2 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Convention Las Vegas, NV May 21 – 24 NABCA Annual Convention Phoenix, AZ Jun 3 – 5 Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference Denver, CO Oct 21 – 24 NABCA Administrators Conference Leesburg, VA

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