Monthly archive for July 2017

Has there ever been a better time to be a gin drinker? A gin renaissance has unfolded over the past few years and in Alberta we are truly reaping the benefits. Thanks to our privatized market with no barriers to entry, we have access to many examples of this unique and distinctive spirit.

Spring Liquor Sales in Alberta

Spirits took the lead in sales this spring with gin being the spirit of choice for many Albertans. As the weather warmed up, people started enjoying gin and tonics and a range of fresh cocktails, such as the Fiore Negroni and Wishbone’s Beautiful British Columbia (recipes in the Gin Styles & Cocktails article). Rum, whisky and vodka also showed increases over 2016.

Tapping Into Growlers

Have you thought about installing a growler filling station in your liquor store? With a growler bar, you’re providing a product on tap that clients want, especially when it’s a beer that’s only available in kegs. The first time a customer buys and fills up a growler (64 ounces) the cost is about the same price as a 6-pack of beer—between $5/litre up to $13/litre for more expensive brews. Refills become cheaper once customers have their own growler and aren’t paying recycling fees.

Bubbles are always a great way to start dinner, an afternoon, or simply great conversation. However, as we all know, there is a grand spectrum of quality, from the lowest grade to the finest. Most elegant and delicate bubbles will lift your spirits and at times allow you to remember that moment forever.

Make Insightful Decisions

“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” – Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP

Your point-of-sale (POS) system is collecting data every day, but what are you doing with that information? Some people think that collecting and analyzing big data is reserved for large corporations that can afford marketing departments and analysts, however, small businesses can benefit just as much.