The Mendelian Randomization by Millwood et al.: Observations and Expressions of Concern

May 6, 2019

Link to article 2, explaining Mendelian Randomization The recent population study of adults in China that found no cardio-protective benefits of moderate alcohol consumption should be re-examined in the context of methodological and confounding factors not addressed in the published paper. Published in early April by The Lancet, the study provoked sensational headlines among the […]

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Background: Mendelian Randomization (MR): A new statistical regime to estimate causation

Link to main article Mendelian Randomization (MR) is a relatively new statistical method designed to provide an estimate of a causal connection between the effects of an observable exposure to a risk factor (such as alcohol consumption) on a specific outcome (such as cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attacks). It is necessary to note […]

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Shedding cheaper wines should boost Constellation wine & spirits margins 30% — Merrill Lynch

April 4, 2019

Source: BofA/Merrill Lynch 4Q19 earnings preview – 040119) via John Heflebower, Napa   “STZ’s wine & spirits margins improved post STZ divestiture of Canadian wine assets. In addition, operating margins have benefited from on-going premiumization efforts (i.e. rationalizing lower margin value SKUs), COGS has increased due to transportation costs and higher marketing spend on brands […]

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Thirstie Advances to #17 in WineTech Fundings; Displaces Saucey, Boots Kuvee Out of Top 20

March 26, 2019

Thirstie has integrated its services with brand-oriented websites that take orders from consumers. The orders are then sent to Thirstie for the “last mile” of on-demand delivery. This differs from on-demand services Drizly (#3/$69.56 Mil) and Minibar (#23/$6.8 Mil) which operate their own apps that accept orders directly from consumers then deliver using purchases from […]

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Bright Cellars Moves to #17 in Top 20 Wine Venture Fundings with $8.5 million round

March 12, 2019

Milwaukee-based Bright Cellars announced a $8.5 million Series A round last week, bringing their funding total to at least $13.46 million. That total moves them into #17 in Wine Industry Insight’s WineTech Finding series. That funding, led by AOL co-founder Steve Case’s D.C.-based Revolution Ventures, put Bright ahead of Saucey and knocked Wine Communications Group […]

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Teeter-Totter Sues Palm Bay International/Wine Over Mouse, Elephant & Seesaw

February 25, 2019

Au Contraire says these labels are not similar. Teeter-Totter says, “Au contraire!” And a federal court case ensues In one corner, the plaintiff: Teeter-Totter LLC, small Napa Valley winery owned by vintner Benoit Touquette whose wines have received outstanding 90+ ratings from Parker, Galloni, Cellar Tracker and other fine wine critics since his first vintage […]

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Beatbox leads Millennials to wine by selling the party (and not mentioning wine!) Did Mark Cuban buy into the future or another Annie Green Springs?

February 13, 2019

This is part 1 pf a 2-part premium double feature. The second article is on the Wine Executive News main menu:  “BeatBox bests Saucey, moves into #16 position in Wine Tech fundings with $15.87 million.” It’s fun, cheap, tasty/fruity, quaffable, intoxicating and all dressed up to party! Especially for the younger demographic that segues toward […]

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BeatBox bests Saucey, moves into #16 position in Wine Tech fundings with $15.87 million

This is part 2 of a 2-part premium double feature. The first article is at: Leading Millennials to wine? Sell the fun and don’t call it wine! But will BeatBox go the way of wine coolers and Annie Greensprings?   Beatbox makes a wine-based fruit beverage with 11.1% ABV. Its 5-liter box contains the equivalent […]

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Wine Institute receives $6,482,501 from USDA Market Promotion Program for Export Promotion

February 8, 2019

Premium Wine Executive News subscribers can obtain the working Excel file of the data below by logging in to: THIS LINK. NOTE: There may actually be another $3 million from some other source as reported by Wine Business. However, that cannot be confirmed yet through USDA or other public information sources at this time (9:38 […]

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