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  • November 14, 2014

    Restaurant sales continue to rise in October

    Restaurant sales hit a record high in October, as consumers' pocketbooks continue to get relief from falling gas prices.  The underlying fundamentals of lower gas prices, steady job growth and rising consumer confidence point toward an improving business environment for restaurants in the month...
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  • November 14, 2014

    Massachusetts: ABCC examining brewers, others for law violations

    Massachusetts regulators have launched an investigation into whether beer distributors, brewers, and retailers are violating state law by agreeing to promote certain beers at bars and liquor stores in exchange for payments that freeze out competitors.  

    Investigators for th...
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  • November 13, 2014

    Mass law marks achievement for direct-to-consumer shipping

    Keeping up with Wine Shipping - ShipCompliant updates compliance professionals about rules for Massachusetts
    Licenses for bonded wineries wishing to ship wine to Massachusetts will be $300 the first year and $150 each renewal year. Boulder, Colo.—Step-by-step, state-by-sta...
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  • November 11, 2014

    Restaurants could see strong year in 2015

    Lower gas and commodity prices, coupled with high valuations and low debt costs, have generated some optimism for the restaurant industry heading into 2015.

    That is the early takeaway from the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, held in Las Vegas this week. A series of s...
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  • October 27, 2014

    2014 harvest: Europe at a glance

    As Europe brings its 2014 harvest to a close, few of the key wine regions appear to have escaped the unsettled weather conditions that look set to characterise this vintage.

    For some, an Indian summer brought miraculous salvation for a vintage that appeared doomed as late as August....
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  • October 27, 2014

    2014 California Winegrape Harvest: Earliest and Third in a String of Great Vintages this Decade

    California vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, although the overall length of the growing...
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  • August 13, 2014

    Restaurant sales continue to trend upward

    Eating and drinking place sales totaled $47.3 billion in July, the strongest monthly volume on record.  Steady job growth and improving consumer confidence points toward continued sales gains in the months ahead, according to the NRA's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy.

    Restaurant sa...
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