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Monday, February 05, 2007

Beverage Bulletin: News from the Drinks World

Crown Royal Keeps Flowing: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 200D members at Diageo's Gimli, Manatoba, distillery voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three year contract. The plant is the only location where Crown Royal whisky is made.

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Moosehead Goes Its Own Way: Moosehead Breweries of Canada and The Gambrinus Co. have ended a 10 year relationship. Moosehead USA will now handle importing the lager into the United States.

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Women and Wine: The first National Women’s Wine Competition will select the Wine Women Want in March based on a blind tasting by women judges. The competition will be held in Santa Rosa, Calif. According to organizers, women make most of the wine purchase decisions in the U.S., but most competitions feature male judges. During the event a special Women Winemakers Challenge will be held, a competition among wines made by female winemakers.

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Spain Wine Sales Decline: Wine sales in Spain were down significantly in 2006. Wine sales in the country were down 11 percent, including an 18 percent fall in restaurants blamed in part on new drinking and driving regulations.

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More Alcohol Taxes: Jonesboro, Ark., is the latest municipality to consider a per drink tax for bar and restaurant sales of alcohol. There are 12 clubs in the city with permits to pour liquor. The city want these establishments to close by 2 a.m., pay a franchise fee and charge a 5 percent tax on all alcohol sales. Jonesboro wants to approve all hiring at the clubs, so that criminal background checks can be run on new employees, and the law would ban nudity. The city says it would spend 90 percent of the tax collected on enforcing drinking and driving laws and the rest would go to fund DARE programs in local schools.

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