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  Daily News for Thursday, January 31st
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01/31/13
WineAmerica Appoints Mark Chandler As Executive Director

"Mark's 20 years running a trade association, firsthand knowledge as a winegrape grower himself, and network of contacts throughout the country provide an excellent foundation for moving the organization to the next level."

01/31/13
Constellation Brands Statement Regarding U.S. Department of Justice Action
Given today's development, we no longer expect the deal to close during the first calendar quarter of 2013 but we ultimately look forward to an expeditious resolution.
01/31/13
Restaurants Sue Storage Facility for $2 Million of Wine in Hurricane Limbo
Two Keith McNally restaurants have demanded the release of 1,600 cases of wine held at a storm-plagued cellar, which has filed for bankruptcy
01/31/13
Strong Marketing Gives Top Awards to Gallo and Constellation
The award was announced Wednesday by industry analyst Jon Fredrikson during his keynote state of the industry speech during the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the largest wine trade show in the U.S.
01/31/13
Record California Wine Crop 'a Blessing'
Speakers at Unified Symposium detail the supply-demand outlook for wineries and grapegrowers
01/31/13
S.J. wine market is strong, experts say
good news for farmers and vintners in San Joaquin County, which leads the state in production of many of the most popular grape varieties
01/31/13
U.S. wine shipments up 2 percent in 2012, says analyst
U.S. wine shipments rose 2 percent last year to 363 million cases, but foreign wineries continue to capture a growing share of the lucrative American wine market
01/31/13
Rise of quality wines from Canada
By Dan Berger, So few Canadian wines are exported to the United States that I have had to stifle myself, almost Edith Bunker style, even though I get weak-kneed when thinking of the quality of some of the wines
01/31/13
New High for Constellation Brands
The shares of Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ) reached a new 52-week high of $39.65, beating its previous 52-week high of $38.99
01/31/13
Banfi Aligns and Consolidates Portfolio with Southern Wine & Spirits Across Eleven States
Since Banfi's 2008 appointment as exclusive importer of Italian wine brands Bolla and Fontana Candida, and its 2009 acquisition of the VinMotion Wines including Pacific Rim, Rainstorm and Sweet Bliss, the portfolio has been distributed by competing wholesalers in certain states
01/31/13
New Zealand launches sales offensive in China
New Zealand is 'firing the first shots' in a push to boost wine sales in China in a collaboration between government and New Zealand Winegrowers.
01/31/13
ExCellar, the wine retail chain owned by ex-Oddbins boss Simon Baile, has gone into administration
ExCellar has seven shops in London and the southeast of England, and one in Paris
01/31/13
Corbett's Pa. liquor sales privatization plan includes $1B for education
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has just announced his plan to privatize liquor sales in the state
01/31/13
Corbett joins liquor store fray that foiled two predecessors
Gov. Tom Corbett served up a potent liquor privatization plan Wednesday that would dramatically expand consumers' options for buying wine, beer and liquor.
01/31/13
Shortage slows California wine shipments
Shipments of wine to the U.S. hit another record last year, but growth slowed considerably from 2011 as producers turned to imports in a big way to try to meet demand, according to experts at a major industry symposium in Sacramento
01/31/13
Maine gov rejects liquor wholesaler offer
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has rejected an offer from the state's wholesale liquor distributor to guarantee the state $320 million over 10 years if the state extends its contract without a bidding process
01/31/13
Supply shortages demand structural change - Rabobank
With increased consumption in emerging wine markets outweighing declines in traditional markets, as well as a small European harvest in 2012, the report noted: "global inventories now appear to be at their lowest point in many years."
01/31/13
Amcor unveils new Stelvin Inside liners for wine bottles
Amcor Flexibles Capsules, a part of the Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas business group that manufactures Stelvin aluminum overcaps and screw caps for drinks industry, has unveiled a range of four new Stelvin Inside liners
01/31/13
01/31/13
PR: Darryl Miller & Forrest Tancer Launch Wine Business Consultancy
Experienced Wine Professionals Team up to Advise Wine Producers
01/31/13
Australian Bladders Become New Normal for Wine Exports
"We don't ship glass around the world, we ship wine"
01/31/13
Thirsty Farmers Turn to Wine
High Water Costs Near San Diego Spur Avocado Growers to Convert to Vineyards
01/31/13
Naples wine auction down one third
Florida's Naples Winter Wine Festival last weekend took a total of US$8.6m - a third less than last year and half the auction's peak takings of 2007
01/31/13
Fresno State Vineyards plan opens door for industry investment
A new, unprecedented agreement between Fresno State Vineyards and industry partners paves the way for increased investment in the university's viticulture and enology programs and provides a revamped infrastructure to remain on the leading edge of industry advancements.
01/31/13
GDP Shows Surprise Drop for US in Fourth Quarter
The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus.
01/31/13
Immigration reform bill could pass in six months, Obama says
"I can guarantee that I will put everything I've got behind it."
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