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According to this Wine-Searcher article, the recent District Court ruling in Missouri now prohibits out of state retailers to ship to: Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Only Nebraska and North Dakota allow out-of-state retailers to ship to their residents. Further, thanks to Lebamoff v. Whitmer, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, also prohibit out-of-state retailers to ship to their residents.    

THIS IS A GREAT POST FROM PARK STREET!    The alcohol category has long been a target of opportunity for celebrities looking for a spokesperson role, but some major successes and payouts of late have driven a number of famous personalities to seek investment and greater involvement in the category. Sean “Diddy” Combs sparked the movement with Ciroc vodka and DeLeon Tequila, followed by George Clooney and Casamigos Tequila, and more recently Ryan Reynolds in Aviation gin. Casamigos made headlines in 2017 when it was bought by Diageo in a deal worth up to $1 billion and Aviation was also acquired by Diageo last year for up to $610 million. These substantial paydays only spurred more celebrities to pursue the category. Some of the big names to launch products in 2020 included Dwayne Johnson, Cameron Diaz, Luke Bryan, Post Malone and even athletes like Derek Jeter. The most popular categories were wine, Tequila, whiskey and seltzer. Dwayne Johnson’s Teremana Tequila was particularly popular in its first year, selling an estimated 300,000 cases in 2020, according to the company. Cameron Diaz’s wine Avaline sold 120,000 bottles in its first three months and Post Malone’s rose Maison No. 9 sold 50,000 bottles in its first two days and crashed the Vivino app the morning it went on sale. “Looking across the spectrum of drinks, it’s clear that categories with a strong lifestyle connection are ripe for celebrity involvement,” said Brandy Rand, COO for the Americas at IWSR. “Consumers can tell if someone is being…

According to the NJABC press release, among other things, “the investigation found that the wholesalers – which together account for approximately 70% of all wine and 80% of all spirits sold at wholesale in the State – unfairly favored 20 of the State’s largest wine and spirits retailers and put smaller retailers at a competitive disadvantage by manipulating the retailer incentive program (RIP), granting credit extensions and interest-free loans, and engaging in other discriminatory practices.”   For the full release, click here.