Welcome, thirsty listener. This is episode 7 of the Business of Drinks podcast. Today’s show is called “Sales Strategies”, in which we speak with Brian Rosen, the Founder at Growth Beverage and BevStrat LLC. Rosen’s BevStrat advocates for smaller brands, helping them grow and thrive, and as such, he has a deep understanding as to why brands become successful when they do; the top mistakes brands make, and how much it costs to hire a boots-on-the-ground sales-force vs. what a brand will spend slogging it out on their own. Rosen divulges brands he thinks will work and those that won’t, also unpacking “flex” purchases, and the psychology around luxury brand sales and obscure passion projects.
This season, we’re following a canned cocktail line called Hamlet Hound, from launch to growth.
We’ve found that people (and brands) don't like to talk about how they become profitable, so we’re pulling the band-aid off and delving into actual dollars and cents. You’ll get an inside look at what works, and what doesn’t.
Want to know how to build a successful alcohol brand? Tune in as we investigate!
About Brian Rosen, guest:
Brian Rosen is the Founder of Growth Beverage and BevStrat LLC. He has an Executive Leadership degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business’ MBA program and a degree in marketing and finance from DePaul University.
Globally regarded as a leading authority in the three-tier system, retail, off premise, marketing, and go to market strategy in the alcohol beverage space, Rosen was CEO of his own 100M-retail liquor enterprise, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in alcohol beverages, and lead consultant in Trade Marketing at Anheuser-Busch.
Today BevStrat is America’s leading brand sales and marketing arm for brands under 100,000 cases in the market, operating in 7+ states. Rosen is also General Partner at InvestBev with nearly $250M under management for alcohol beverage investing, he is general Partner of Algoma Capital, lending $100M into distilleries and for barrel aging, and he is Founder of Sprout Beverage, the largest Alc Bev brand incubation eco system in the US.
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About Erica Duecy, host:
Erica Duecy is co-founder of Business of Drinks, a podcast and content consultancy, and one of the drinks industry’s most accomplished digital and content strategists. She has built publishing and marketing programs for Drizly, VinePair, SevenFifty, and other hospitality and drinks tech companies. She also has led digital editorial teams at Architectural Digest and Saveur magazines. Her content, podcast, and video programs have won more than 40 digital and editorial awards. She is a WSET Advanced-certified wine and spirits communicator, and author of the cocktail book Storied Sips (Random House), about the real-life stories behind the world’s most famous cocktails.
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About Felicity Carter, host:
Felicity Carter is a well-known journalist and editor based in Europe. She is co-founder of Business of Drinks, the Editorial Director of ARENI Global in London, International Editor of Star Wine List in Sweden, and a contributing editor to The New Wine Review. Formerly, she was founding Executive Editor for The Drop, and Editor-in-Chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, a trade magazine she built into a global must-read, with subscribers in 38 countries. She has consulted to the Dutch government and to Liv-ex, and been the keynote speaker at the wine industry’s biggest conferences and events, from New York and Sydney to Hong Kong.
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