Alcohol sales double in Wal-Mart as they stack beer in the aisles
Wal-Mart is heavily focusing on beer by offering discounts, promotions, stacking them high and even selling it in garden centers...
“They’ve said they want to be the number-one beer seller in the world. They’re getting there quick. Everyone in the supplier community is on cloud nine, riding high and adding to their staff”
Cameron Smith, president of Cameron Smith & Associates, a Rogers, Arkansas-based executive search firm.
“They’re redesigning stores to have adult beverage in a more appealing position in the front of the store near produce”
Amy Baldwin, a marketing director for Mobile, Alabama-based Gulf Distributing Holdings LLC, whose company distributes alcohol.
“We’re seeing dramatic increases in sales”
Steve Bailey, vice president of chain accounts for Columbia Distributing, which supplies beer to about 90 Wal-Mart stores in Washington and Oregon.
This is just another sad sign, reason and answer why liver problems have grown 500% plus in many western areas across the world.
The Global Burden of Disease states that alcohol is now the THIRD BIGGEST CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE WORLD!
The problems related to alcohol now cause more death and damage than anything else baring heart disease and smoking.
Alcohol is NOT a normal product and it should NOT be stacked high next to the toilet rolls. It is a poison and a depressant and should be very much restricted to adults only area, otherwise kids grow up thinking it is as natural as buying anything else at the supermarket. Then alcohol becomes part of their daily life as opposed to the special treat it should be.
The U.S. beer category is worth about $45 billion.
Wal-Mart wants to double their alcohol sales from 2012 to 2016.
The original Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, openly said that he frowned on drinking to excess… Sad to see what has become of his company selling anything at discount rates to make a buck.
I wonder what he would have thought of this…?
As reported by delawareonline.com and Bloomberg News on August 10, 2013.
Full article here: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130811/BUSINESS10/308110038/Wal-Mart-stacking-beer-aisles-double-alcohol-sales?nclick_check=1