Luke Lahman, who is a long-time friend of mine and repeat guest on Food Marketing Nerds joins us on the show today out of Scottsdale, AZ. Luke is the Business Development Manager at E. & J. Gallo, the largest winery in the United States.
Luke joined us back in Season 1 to discuss in-store marketing, which I’d strongly recommend if you’re interested in learning more about merchandising and influencing purchase decisions at the POS. It was one of our most downloaded episodes of last season, so we invited Luke back on to talk to us through the impact COVID-19 has had on the wine and spirits industry.
If you’re not already familiar, E & J Gallo is a winery and distributor; they have a ton of household names in their portfolio and, fun fact, they’re also the largest exporter of California wines.
By the nature of Luke’s role, he has a great pulse on consumer behavior around wine and spirits, and he’s tapped into what’s selling at both a category and brand level. We’ll be covering all of that in this episode, along with a few of Luke’s thoughts around how you can adapt your in-store marketing to the current state of socially distanced store layouts.