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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.

beer and spirit trends Article
Beverage Fads with Staying Power   February 17, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

An annual report from industry analyst Technomic reports that in 2014, things you may have thought of as a fad have staying power, driven by cider- and whiskey-drinking customers.

Whiskey Article
Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey Booms   February 17, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

Once again in 2014, American whiskies continued their year-on-year return to a place of prominence in American drinking. Irish and single malts, too, did well, as reported by the Distilled Spirits Council.

Warren Solochek, NPD Group Article
Where are all the Casual Dining Customers?   February 17, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

Promotions are routinely seen as a way to build traffic, but not all promotions are created equal. At the upcoming Vibe Conference, NPD Group's Warren Solochek will ask why, and suggest some changes.

Low alcohol cocktails Article
Lower Proof is Through the Roof   February 3, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

One smart way to serve more drinks? Make sure you include those made with lower alcohol ingredients, like beer, wine, Port, Sherry and vermouth.

Casual Chain Restaurant Dining Article
Restaurant Outlook Cautiously Optimistic   February 2, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

The monthly report from the National Restaurant Association says 2014 ended on a positive note and that most operators see better traffic and spending ahead.

Chain Restaurant Trends Article
Translating Trends into Opportunities   February 2, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

At the annual Vibe Conference, attendees usually flock to hear the facts and figures of consumption from last year, and this year at the Technomic presentation, they'll also hear about occasion dynamics.

Refresh Cocktail Recipe with Coconut Water from Clink Article
Crafting Coconut Water Cocktails    January 20, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

The world-wide success of coconut water has created an enormous boom in US beverages. But bars don't seem to be aware of the trend - is now the time for you to step it up?

Alcohol and Cocktail Menu Labeling at Chain Restaurant Article
Alcohol Calorie Counts Required    January 19, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

New federal rules will force many chain restaurants to list the calorie count of the wine, beer and spirits listed on their menus.

Restaurant and Beverage Sales Pick Up Steam Article
Picking Up Steam    January 19, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

Chain restaurant growth picked up steam at year's end, bolstered by sinking gas prices and a better labor market. Meanwhile, beverage sales turned around as well.

Bar Manager Do's and Don'ts Article
Do's and Don'ts for the New Year   January 6, 2015
By: Jack Robertiello

January provides a breather for most bar and restaurant operators to take a look at how things are going. Here are some recommendations on approaching your beverage programs.

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