StateWays Nov/Dec 2015

StateWays is the only magazine exclusively covering the control state system within the beverage alcohol industry, with annual updates from liquor control commissions and alcohol control boards and yearly fiscal reporting from control jurisdictions

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Editor Jeremy Nedelka Tel: 203-855-8499 x2213 Associate Editor Kyle Swartz Tel: 203-855-8499 x2225 Art Director Jean Blackmer Contributing Editors Laurie Daniel Maura Keller Melissa Niksic Thomas Henry Strenk Sr. Regional Sales Managers Bruce Kostic Tel: 203-855-8499, ext. 2215 Mark Marcon Tel: 248-761-6231 Debbie Rittenberg Tel: 215-431-8787 Senior Research Analyst Andrew Esham Vice President, Beverage Amy Collins Production Director Cherri Perschmann Tel: 763-383-4425 Reprints Circulation and Audience Development Manager Debra Welter Tel: 763-383-4439 List Rental Jim Scova Tel: 914-368-1012 StateWays is published by by Beverage Information Group, a division of EPG Media & Specialty Information Editorial offi ces 17 High St., 2nd Fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 Tel: 203-855-8499 Fax: 203-855-9446 Executive offi ces 10405 Sixth Ave. N., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55441 Tel: 763-383-4400 Fax: 763-383-4499 E D I T O R ' S N O T E StateWays ■ ■ November/December 2015 4 Saluting Control State Innovators T his issue marks the inaugural Control State Best Practices Awards, which we created to celebrate the agencies and personnel who are advancing the control state system, making it better for consumers, retailers and the industry at large. Choosing the Virginia ABC as the overall winner was an easy decision – the agency has long been a leader in retailing, technology, education and enforcement. The agency's Premier Stores sealed the win for Virginia – the stores' layout, design, function and overall concept is something every retailer should emulate. I hope you'll read about the eight Best Practices Award winners and learn some- thing from each of them. The survival and evolution of the control state industry depends on sharing ideas and strategies, so that states separated by thousands of miles can borrow successful solutions from each other and apply them to their prob- lems and weaknesses at home. Every agency faces budgetary limitations and under- staffi ng – which makes collective problem-solving crucial. While this issue's focus is celebrating the best and most innovative control state agencies, it's also packed with seasonal information. From brandy and Cognac (see page 36), to Sparkling Wine and Champagne (see page 39), to the holiday merchandising guide available at, you'll fi nd information on all the trends and new products that will help strengthen sales this holiday season. Thanks to all the control states that participated in the inaugural Best Practices Awards, and I hope to see what new innovations you have in store for 2016! Jeremy Nedelka, Editor 2015 CONTROL STATE BEST PRACTICES AWARDS

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