One of the take-home messages from the State of the Industry address at this year’s Unified Wine and Grape Symposium was that per capita alcohol consumption is flat. This means that the various sectors of the alcohol industry can only increase sales by re-dividing the pie in their favor. Although wine and spirits are making headway at the expense of beer, new players in the space, such as hard seltzers and pre-mixed cocktails are carving out their own slices.
One of the areas where wine is losing market share is with millennials, who are adopting wine as their drink of choice at a slower pace than prior generations. Winning in this sector, and others, will require strong marketing efforts. But, advertising and promotion in the alcohol industry is a messy affair with wildly contradictory rules in different jurisdictions.
This article surveys the laws in several states, not to provide a complete picture as to allowable advertising practices in the wine industry; that would be impossible, but to highlight some of the issues and how differently they are addressed in different states.
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