Uncorkings 7/19/2010

News and notes from the world of wine.

Niner Wine Estates winemaker Amanda Cramer was named “Winemaker of the Year” at the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition. More results here: http://www.sfwinecomp.com/subresults.html.

Senior executives in the food and beverage industry expect to see revenue and profitability improve this year and next, and also expect their industry to recover ahead of the overall U.S. economy, according to a new survey from KPMG. However, they are also now projecting that economic recovery is further off than previously hoped--sometime in 2012.

Maker's Mark appointed Greg Davis as director of distillery operations.

West Indies Rum Distillery hired David Meyers of MAP Consulting to run Cockspur Rum, as it reorganizes in the U.S.

Mintel research found that more consumers are throwing back their glasses at home, instead of in bars or restaurants. Among alcohol drinkers, 90% consume alcoholic beverages at home, compared to 77% who drink outside the home The study also found that wine is the most popular alcoholic beverage consumed off-premise, with 67% of those who drink alcohol at home indulging in a glass. Distilled spirits are consumed by 57% of respondents and regular beer by 53%.

Similarly, a study from The Nielsen company also found that off-premise wine sales data increased 2.2 percent from the same period last year in the four weeks ending June 26. In the 13 weeks ending June 26, sales were up 3.1 percent.

See last week's Uncorkings here.

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