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IN GOOD TIMES and BAD, SPIRITS PREVAIL

Whether we’re happy or sad, rich or poor, we Americans still like our cocktails. The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) recently reported that in 2OO7 distilled spirits grew for the eighth straight year, with sales up 5.6% totaling $18.2 billion and volume rising 2.4% to 181.5 million cases as consumers continued...
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A NEW NAME REFLECTS EXPANDED MISSION

Massachusetts Licensed Beverage Association has a new name and an expanded mission. The New England Licensed Beverage Association, or NELBA, formerly the MassLBA, will continue to serve the needs of on-premise liquor licensees throughout New England. Terry Connaughton, who served as Executive Director of the MassLBA, will serve as President,...
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COURT in INDIA SAYS WOMAN ALLOWED to TEND BAR

WOMEN WILL BE ALLOWED to work as bartenders in New Delhi, India’s Supreme Court ruled, upholding a lower court’s decision that an earlier ban was unconstitutional. The city authorities had wanted the ban reinstated, arguing that women needed to be protected from the bad behavior of drunken New Delhi men....
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NEW MEASURES AIM to PROTECT SCOTCH WHISKY

THE WESTMINSTER GOVERNMENT will publish detailed legislative proposals to give Scotch whisky Champagne-style geographical definitions to protect the industry from counterfeiting. The move – put out for consultation with a view to introducing new laws in the spring – will be a major boost in the fight against second-rate and...
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GETTING TOUGH in NEW HAMPSHIRE

WITH ITS LARGE ultra-discount state liquor stores, New Hampshire draws shoppers in from near and far. But if you’re underage, buying in the Live Free or Die state is anything but a breeze. A national law enforcement group says the Bureau of Enforcement in the New Hampshire Liquor Commission is...
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INTERLOCKS: COMING SOON to a CAR NEAR YOU

LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM, it appears that ignition interlocks – the breathalyzer devices that get linked to a car’s ignition and won’t start if the driver is intoxicated – are here to stay. Jumping on the interlock bandwagon, several car manufacturers are working on their own versions of the...
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CAMPARI GOES X-RATED

DAVIDE CAMPARI SPA ANNOUNCED in July that it bought the X-Rated stable of US high-end spirits brands for 29 million euros (approximately $4O million US), expanding its presence in the lucrative premium segment of the alcohol market. In a statement, Milan-based Campari said the X-Rated brands have grown rapidly since...
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For the COCKTAIL CONNOISEUR

FROM CRAFT SPIRITS to gourmet infusions to organic fruit garnishes, today’s cocktails have gone upscale, to say the least. So why spoil that lovely drink with ice made from tap water? Ice Rocks, produced by the Water Bank of America, are pre-packaged spring water ice cubes that could provide the...
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WELCOME to BEVERAGE!

J. POLEP DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, a fifth generation distribution company, has a new alcohol beverage distribution division. Based in Chicopee, the company now carries a variety of prepared cocktails and gelatin shots as well as wines from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, and Italy, with plans for beer and a...
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