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Industry Memo: Beer Sales Declining Globally

2016 was a rough year for a lot of people, and, it turns out, also for the alcohol industry.


According to a report from the International Wine and Spirits Record, the overall global alcohol market shrunk by 1.3% (avg. decline for the previous 5 years was 0.3%),  which was mostly blamed on the 1.8% drop in beer sales.

Cider sales, which had been a growth area, were down 1.5%, with wine and spirits sales relatively flat at -0.1% and 0.3%, respectively.

Reasons For The Decline

Although economic growth is normally associated with increased alcohol consumption, and global GDP was up 3.5% last year, some larger economies were experiencing a slowdown. Beer sales in China fell 4.2%, in Brazil, 5.3%, and in Russia, 7.8%. In any case, industry watchers will be monitoring the sector closely for any indication of a continued slide, as that could indicate a need for a major shift in strategy.

Want to see this decline reversed? Get a liquor license with our help and save the world, one sale at a time!


Permit Success Story: The Paddock

Here at LaBarba, we know that every establishment has its own liquor licensing challenges, but we’re committed to making sure the process is as smooth as possible for our clients. Recently, we won a case in McKinney for The Paddock, which allowed the new restaurant to obtain a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for a Private Club.


The building renovation will restore the exterior to traditional, period-era style, with an interior designed to replicate a 20th-century speakeasy. Classic cars will be installed in the front of the space, with dining and drinking areas in the back.

The SUP allows the business to have a higher volume of alcohol sales, which will primarily be focused on high-end mixed beverage cocktails and liquor.

This unique concept will be opening soon, right off the McKinney Town Square at 119 S. Tennessee Street – we can’t wait to check it out! paddock1

Are you developing a dining concept that could benefit from an SUP? We’re highly experienced with guiding cases through the process and would be happy to represent your establishment in front of City Council – just give us a call! 

This Week at LaBarba

Getting a license to serve alcohol in Texas can be complicated – here’s just a few clients we helped this week!

Nevins Concessions

Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a Fletcher’s Corny Dog at the Texas State Fair should be happy about this one. The legendary stand will be back for its 75th year in 2017! Successfully obtained a Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit with Food & Beverage Certificate in Dallas.

Up On Knox

Following an extensive remodel that has transformed this prime location, Up On Knox promises to be an awesome new restaurant concept. Sucessfully obtained a Mixed Beverage Permit with Food & Beverage Certificate in Dallas.

Café Brazil

Founded in Lakewood over 25 years ago, this Dallas institution is so much more than just another coffee shop chain. Drop by and you’ll see why! Successfully renewed a Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit with Food & Beverage Certificate in Plano.

Barrel and Bones

Featuring craft bourbon and whiskey alongside some great BBQ, we can’t wait for this place to open! Successfully obtained a Mixed Beverage Late Hours Permit with Food & Beverage Certificate in Plano.

Departure Lounge, Austin International Airport

A move sure to please frequent flyers. You still can’t take it with you to the gate, but maybe someday. Successfully obtained a Mixed Beverage Late Hours Permit in Austin.

LaBarba Obtains Permits for Legacy West


So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve probably heard about the new Legacy West development in Plano. Well, as of a week or so ago, it’s finally open! And even more tenants will be opening over the next few months in the $400 million dining and shopping area.

Now we all know how Dallas feels about Plano getting new cool things, but setting that aside for the moment, we wanted to give a shout-out to Lombardi Concepts, one of our long-time liquor licensing clients who just opened three (!) new restaurants at Legacy West.

LaBarba successfully obtained permits for the new Plano outposts of the following:

Taverna (Italian)
Bistro 31 (Asian Fusion)
Café Toulouse (French)

Congratulations to Lombardi Concepts on the triple grand opening – we can’t wait to head up there and check the new development out!

SOURCE: GuideLive.

This Week at LaBarba

Getting a license to serve alcohol in Texas can be complicated – here’s just a few clients we helped this week!

Redneck Heaven

The fourth location of this popular restaurant and sports bar just got its license thanks to LaBarba’s wonderful Veronica Martinez. Successfully obtained a Mixed Beverage and Late Hours Permit in San Antonio, Texas.

Kobe Steak House

Known for great sushi and an entertaining hibachi grill experience, this restaurant has something for everyone. Successfully obtained a Mixed Beverage Permit in San Marcos, Texas.

Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

One of our favorite long-time clients, Gloria’s has live salsa on the weekends and serves a mean margarita. Successfully renewed a Mixed Beverage Permit in Addison, Texas.

Want to know how to get a liquor license in Texas? Give us a call today.

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