Bonfort’s Wine & Spirits Journal has ranked the 100 most powerful, influential and transformative individuals and trends that are making an impact on the U.S. wine industry, Bonfort’s Executive Editor and Publisher, Cornelius Geary said today.
The most powerful “person” today in U.S. wine is actually the star-studded co-wine-buying duo of Doug Bell and Geof Ryan, of Amazon/Whole Foods. Bell and Ryan have at their disposal the resources and technology of Amazon.com, the world’s most valuable company with a recent valuation of $1 trillion dollars. While Whole Foods is a wine retailing juggernaut, its acquisition by Amazon in 2017 started the clock ticking on Amazon’s reentry into the wine retailing space. Amazon will need to spend money to innovate, and work to change outdated laws in numerous states and at the Federal level in order to reach its full wine retailing potential. Amazon has the challenge to surpass in case depletions the current number one retailer by sales, Costco. As a pure power player, nobody in U.S. wine has the capabilities and power of Amazon/Whole Foods to change the U.S. wine retailing map.
“Power within the wine industry is evolving rapidly with new frontiers emerging that are offsetting and changing the historic power structure the industry has known since the end of Prohibition,” said Geary.
The Bonfort’s Top 10 Power People and Trends:
#1. – Doug Bell and Geof Ryan, Global Co-Wine Buyers, Amazon.com/Whole Foods
#2. – Annette Alvarez-Peters, General Merchandise Manager, Wine and Spirits, Costco
#3. – Ernest J. Gallo, COO, E. & J. Gallo Winery
#4. – The Legal Marijuana Industry
#5. – Direct to Consumer Wine Sales
#6. – Federal Express
#7. – United Parcel Service
#8. – U.S. Postal Service
#9. – Jennifer Jones, VP Alcohol, Albertsons Companies
#10 – Barkley Stuart, Chairman, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
Notables on the List:
#12 – Wayne Chaplin, CEO, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
#41. – Chris Tsakalakis, CEO, Vivino
#44. – Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square
#52. – Sean Combs, Owner, Combs Wine & Spirits
#53. – Jay-Z, Owner, Armand de Brignac
#54. – Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO, Vayner/RSE/Wine Library/VaynerMedia
#67. – Aaron Sherman, CEO, SevenFifty
The complete list can be found at: http://www.bonforts.com/bonforts-power-100/