Second Annual State of the Alcohol Industry Scheduled for December 14

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Executives from the wine and spirits industries, along with Timothy Reif, General Counsel of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, will speak at the second annual State of the Alcohol Industry Media Briefing to discuss how the global economy affects the U.S. beverage alcohol industry. The roundtable discussion will also delve into trends in 2011 and beyond, and strategies to compete in this new economy. The event is hosted by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

"WSWA's State of the Alcohol Industry Media Briefing will allow supplier, wholesale and retail executives the opportunity to share their perspectives and assessments on the unique nexus between their companies in this global economy," WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said.

Wolf will moderate the panel, which will also include:

John McDonnell, Chief Operating Officer, Patron Spirits International
John Baker, Executive Vice President and COO, National Wine & Spirits, Inc. and Republic National Distributing Company of Indiana, LLC
B. Hudson Riehle, Senior Vice President, Research & Knowledge Group, National Restaurant Association

Following this exclusive forum, media will have access to executives as well as data and statistics. Additionally, journalists will have the opportunity to interact, first-hand, with beverage alcohol industry leaders. The night ends with a reception featuring the hottest products in the industry.

Members of the working press and members of the National Press Club are invited to attend and can RSVP at

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