Alcohol Regulation

Rather than steel tanks, the GoFermentor ferments inside disposable, biodegradable plastic bags.

Can winemaking go tankless and water-free?

By Beth Newhart

Wineries struggle with massive water waste during production, which is particularly hard on urban-based and small startup winemakers. The self-contained GoFermentor system wants to change that.

A potential aggressor to the market is European tariffs, particularly in wine trade with France. Pic: Getty/BrianAJackson

A healthy job market bolsters US wine and spirits

By Beth Newhart

Both large and small US wine and spirits (W&S) companies have been more progressive and competitive with work benefits and compensation than the market average, according to a talent report from ForceBrands.

There’s been an upswing in the craft mocktail market, spurring the drive to skip the booze. Pic: Getty/Erik Wieder

Will ‘canna-curious’ adults ever ditch alcohol?

By Beth Newhart

US adults are drinking less and picking up low ABV drinks or alcohol alternatives. Cannabis is potentially the biggest market looking to snap up that audience, but can alcohol be replaced?

It’s likely the craft beer industry has reached its growth peak and will continue dealing with its overcrowded market. Pic: Getty/Picnote

US craft beer slows while spirits take off

By Beth Newhart

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) has released a new report on machinery and automation trends among breweries and distilleries, who are scaling back on production goals and diversifying offerings to stay competitive.

Unique flavors and alternate aging methods are a main focus area for craft distillers in specialized cocktails.  Pic: Getty/CabecaDeMarmore

BEVERAGE FORUM 2019

A ‘complex’ consumer base challenges US alcohol

By Beth Newhart

Over the past decade, the beverage category has been defined by the millennial generation, driven by local craft brands. The 2020s are expected to be shaped by Gen Z, with further digitization of brands using smart technology.

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