Who Are the Most Powerful Players in the Wine Industry Today?

Bonfort’s has ranked the 100 most powerful individuals and trends in the U.S. wine industry for 2018. The inaugural list ranks at #1 the global co-wine buyers from Amazon.com/Whole Foods, Doug Bell and Geof Ryan as the most powerful individuals in the U.S. wine industry. Other notables include, #3 Ernest J. Gallo, and #15 Alejandro Bulgheroni. Notable trends include, #4 Legal Marijuana and #16 Private Equity. All of the people and trends on the list have tremendous industry power and influence, and a direct impact on how wine is bought and sold in the U.S.

Similar Nonconformists? Rabble Wine Co. And Jennifer Jones of Albertsons/Safeway

“It’s an interesting time for wine,” says Jennifer Jones, Vice President, Alcohol for Albertsons/Safeway, and recipient of the Bonfort’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. “Domestic sales are steady,” she adds. “Consumers want a new experience, a unique label and to be introduced to new names in winemaking.”Jennifer has earned a reputation as a proactive and trusted advisor and leader on the teams she runs. During her career…

Bodegas LAN Brings the Best of Rioja Stateside to Meet US Demand

As a renowned benchmark producer within the Rioja region of Spain, Bodegas LAN is committed to meticulous vineyard management and winemaking. The winery’s signature character is featured throughout its portfolio, which showcases both classic and single vineyard wines that are continuing to please consumer palates all across the US. As distribution has increased on the East and West Coasts…

MillerCoors On Albertsons/Safeway’s Jennifer Jones: Unorthodox, Creative, Strategic

“Jennifer Jones stands out as a leader in our industry because she is constantly working to gain a competitive advantage. She has an uncanny ability to embrace unorthodox thinking and find creative solutions to any issue or challenge,” so says Shannon Bennett, Team Lead Albertsons Companies at MillerCoors. Jennifer Jones, Vice President Alcohol Sales at Albertsons/Safeway will receive the first Bonfort’s Lifetime Achievement Award on September 14th for outstanding performance in alcohol retailing, and MillerCoors thinks that sounds about right.