Sweden: Sweden leads spirits sales in Nordic monopolies

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Sweden: Sweden leads spirits sales in Nordic monopolies   Source: The Spirits Business by Kristiane Sherry 7th March, 2016   The long-term spirits sales declines in the Nordic monopoly markets slowed in 2015, with Sweden showing 2.2% total sales growth, according to Altia Corporation figures.   Analysis released with the Finnish state-owned drinks group’s full-year 2015 financial results showed that …

Colorado: Colorado lawmakers struggle to find compromise on alcohol sales

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Colorado: Colorado lawmakers struggle to find compromise on alcohol sales   Ballot proposal would ask voters to allow beer, wine sales in grocery stores   Source: Durango Herald By Peter Marcus March 05, 2016   State lawmakers are working on legislation that they hope strikes a compromise in an effort to eliminate a ballot proposal that would allow beer and …

owa: Proponents want to update laws governing alcohol production, sales

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Iowa: Proponents want to update laws governing alcohol production, sales   Source: The Gazette Mitchell Schmidt Mar 6, 2016   It’s become an annual trend – lobbyists and lawmakers each year propose legislative updates to keep up with a growing and changing industry and clean up language in Iowa’s alcohol rules.   Some of those rules have remained unchanged since …

More jobs, higher prices: restaurants show U.S. economy’s bite

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More jobs, higher prices: restaurants show U.S. economy’s bite   Source: Reuters By Ann Saphir March 5th   What does a nice meal out say about the U.S. economy?   Quite a lot, as it turns out, and the Federal Reserve is taking note, especially after a whopping 40,200 food service and drinking establishment jobs were created last month. That …

The Myth of Joe Kennedy’s Bootlegging

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The Myth of Joe Kennedy’s Bootlegging   No matter how many trysts JFK had or how much he drank, his habits paled in comparison to his father Joe’s alleged activities during Prohibition.   Source: The Daily Beast Noah Rothbaum March 6th   Wild parties in Palm Springs with famous actors and musicians, affairs with beautiful starlets, nail-biting showdowns with international …

Whiskeys have to age for years, so how do distilleries make money?

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Whiskeys have to age for years, so how do distilleries make money?   Source: Marketplace By Sally Herships March 07, 2016   At Whiskeyauction.com, bidding for bottles happens almost year round. Many of the whiskies fetching among the highest prices are also the oldest — 15, 20 and 30 years. Aged whiskey is a subject that’s been on the mind …

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court to take up Sheetz beer sales debate

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Pennsylvania: Supreme Court to take up Sheetz beer sales debate   Source: The Sentinel Joshua Vaughn Mar 4, 2016   What is a location?   The question itself seems simple enough. A location, by definition, is “a position or site occupied or available for occupancy or marked by some distinguishing feature,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.   But can a …

Washington: Study: Wash. has highest liquor sales tax in country

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Washington: Study: Wash. has highest liquor sales tax in country   Source: KREM 2 Kaitlin Loukides March 02, 2016   Washington state is set to have another year where the state has the highest liquor sales taxes in the entire country, according to a study from the Washington Policy Center.   To put this into perspective for you, get this …