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 […]
Constellation Report 8-K, April 5, 2011
April 19, 2011
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May Wine Brand Winner And Loser Data Show Mixed Results
June 9, 2009
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, […]
Gallo Gets “Good Deal” On Illegal Russian River Water Diversion
April 23, 2009
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 […]
Cosentino Scrambles For Shelter To Stay Ahead Of Lawsuits
April 17, 2009
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 […]
Gallo Gets It Right
February 8, 2009
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. […]
Bolla Ankles B-F for Banfi
February 2, 2009
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.
None of Your Damned Business! Get Lost!
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 […]
Did K-J Layoffs Violate State, Federal Notice Requirements?
February 1, 2009
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.
Sebastiani Winery leaks water and staff?
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.