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Technomic Presents 2014 VIBE Awards to Leading Adult Beverage Companies

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Adult beverage suppliers rated as top performing partners by leading chain restaurant and hotel beverage professionals were recognized as Technomic presented the 2014 VIBE Supplier Awards during the VIBE Conference in Las Vegas last week. Continue reading

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Whisky set to battle US on-trade spirits decline

Whiskey Sales

Despite an overall decline in spirits sales in the US on-trade, high-end whisky is expected to grow, according to a new report.

Technomic’s Adult Beverage Insights Group recently published a report showing that overall alcohol volumes decreased 1.3% in restaurants and bars in the US throughout 2013, compared to a 0.7% decline in the off-trade.

However, Technomic’s research director Eric Schmidt predicts there will be continued growth in whisky as well as craft beer and table wine in the on-trade in this year. Continue reading

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Cocktail glass half empty: Drink sales stumble

Glass Half Empty

We’re bellying-up to the bar less — and bars and restaurants are feeling the pinch more.

Last year, consumers at bars and restaurants cut back on their orders of alcoholic beverages by 1.3%, and that trend continues into 2014, according to a just-released study by Technomic, a food-service industry research firm.

“Consumers pulled back on drink occasions at restaurants and bars,” says David Henkes, vice president at Technomic. Continue reading

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How that glass of Ketel One helps pay Kaner’s salary

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It’s no surprise that alcohol consumption and watching pro sports go hand in hand. But that’s especially true for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two Stanley Cups in four years and a stronghold on the city’s sports consciousness have bolstered the team’s official bar program, which has more than doubled in size to 217 locations since its launch in 2009.

Originally designed to reinforce the Hawks brand with young fans in the city, the network of watering holes now stretches beyond the six-county area to 61 bars downstate. Continue reading

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Hotels are seeing $ on signature cocktails

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Hotel happy hours used to bring in the hordes to drink and eat as much as they could at cheap prices. Now it seems that the pendulum is swinging the other way as more bar managers are developing premium priced signature drinks to lure in guests as well as local customers.

A December report by the consulting firm Technomic showed hotel operators forecast 4.4 percent growth in their food and beverage sales in 2014. “Of the segments we track, hotel operators are among the most optimistic,” said Donna Hood Crecca, the senior director for the adult beverage resource group at Technomic.

“A number of hotel and lodging operations such as Fairmont, Marriott and Kimpton now offer unique drink menus including signature cocktails along with extensive spirits, wine and beer selections. It’s clear some hotels are prioritizing adult beverages as a way to differentiate their properties and drive traffic and sales,” added Hood Crecca.

“Hotel operators see opportunity in adult beverages,” observes her colleague David Henkes, Vice President at Technomic and leader of its Adult Beverage Practice. “A creative and operationally-sound drink program executed across the various outlets of a hotel property can add both value and enhanced experience elements for guests, as well as high-profit sales, all of which are particularly important in this challenging environment.”

Return to a by-gone era?

Before Prohibition, the hot spots for cocktail innovation were at the big-city hotels, such as the original Waldorf, The Plaza, the Hoffman House and the Knickerbocker. After Prohibition, the alcohol industry was run by the gangsters and all those bartender craft skills were lost.

View the full article on ehotelier.com

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Moonshine is Growing in the U.S., and Big Whiskey Wants a Taste

Moonshine

For decades, most people had never even seen a jar of moonshine, let alone tasted it. These days, you can find it at stores and restaurants around the country thanks to loosened liquor laws and changing consumer preferences. Even the industry’s biggest distilleries are experimenting with moonshine.

Moonshine has been distilled in backwoods Appalachia since the 1800s. By its most traditional definition, the term means “illegal spirit,” Continue reading

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FROM THE FLOOR: Beverage Dealers Help Diversify

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As restaurant operators look to make sure that beverages continue to be a strong and growing element of their businesses, there are plenty of drink suppliers, product developers, and manufacturers looking at ways to help them boost their sales.

Hundreds of them are showing their wares during the four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show that continues its run in Chicago. A two-day sister confab, the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, also kicked off Sunday.

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