High-end wines continued their dominance of off-premise sales gains, according to scanner data from The Nielsen Company for the 52-week period ending April 2, 2011. Most gains, however, came at the expense of price discounts. Overall wine sales were up 3.2% with U.S. wines gaining 4.8 % and imports down 0.4 %. ALL BUT ONE […]
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The overall environment for the top 100 largest-selling brands declined in May with 37 reporting sales declines versus 25 losing in April and 47 in March. SOLID GAINS FOR THE TOP 10 WINNERS Data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI) for the four-week period ending May 17, show solid overall sale gains: up to 217 percent, […]
For more than three years, the E. & J. Gallo Winery has illegally diverted Russian River water and improperly stored it, according to an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint filed by the California Water Resources Control Board (WRCB) on April 20. The WRCB complaint said Gallo’s actions deprived downstream water users, gained it an improper financial […]
Lawsuits in San Joaquin County have forced Cosentino Signature Wines PLC’s (MCOZ.L) to scramble for new venues where it can continue winemaking and tasting room operations. Multiple sources have confirmed that, after Cosentino hurriedly vacated its Lodi-area wineries, it placed its wine from there — and possibly some equipment — at other area wineries which […]
EDITORIAL Wine Industry Insight’s comments section has burned white hot over the manner in which Jackson Family Wines conducted its layoffs. And the fact that I covered that method at all. Those of you who remember my reporting in the Wine Business Insider and Monthly days know that I have repeatedly clashed with the Gallos. […]
Sources close to the transaction say to look for an announcement that Bolla has left its long-time home at Brown-Forman to go with by Castello Banfi. In its past fiscal year, Brown-Forman reported sales of 1.13 million cases for Bolla, compared to 1.55 million in fiscal 2001.
EDITORIAL Getting any sort of accurate news from many wine companies is like trying to figure out who’s running the Kremlin by watching who is standing next to whom at the Mayday parade. But the old Kremlin apparatchiks have nothing on Jackson Family Wines. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat’s Kevin McCallum did the best he could […]
Federal and state regulators are looking into the possibility that the recent mass layoffs at Jackson Family Wines violated provisions of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) requirements. The winery has reportedly axed 20 percent of its workforce.
Sonoma Sun columnist Kathleen Hill has reported that Sebastiani Vineyards may have laid off more employees than previously stated. WII asked Foley Family Wines for comment but received no comment.