Bruce Abbott

A wine sales professional and manager with eight years of wine, beer and spirits sales experience, specializing in designing sales, promotional and educational programs; planning and executing events and programs; and managing staff, vendor and distributor relationships.

Currently Wine and Spirits Buyer at Liquor Stores, NA Ltd, Alaska, USA which is the North America's largest publicly traded retailer of adult beverages. You can find us in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada and in the United States in Alaska.

Liquor Stores, NA Ltd operate over 240 stores and open more stores every year. Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (and its predecessor companies) has been a leader in the retail liquor industry since liquor privatization in 1993. In 1993, Liquor Depot obtained the first approval in principle for a private liquor store in Alberta, Canada. On September 28, 2004, we became the first liquor store income trust in Canada and between 2004 and 2010, it grew from 50 stores to approximately 240 stores, and became Canada’s largest private operator of liquor stores (based on number of stores). In 2008, we completed the acquisition of the Brown Jug chain of stores located in the State of Alaska and completed the acquisition of the Liquor Barn chain of stores located in the State of Kentucky a year later.

Current operations include over 240 stores in Canada and the United States, with operations under the brand names Wine & Beyond, Liquor Depot, and Liquor Barn in Alberta and British Columbia; Brown Jug in Alaska, and Liquor Barn “The Ultimate Party Source” and Liquor Barn Express in Kentucky.

Judges

Meet our 2019 Judges

Nicky Beyries

Bar Manager, Foreign Cinema, Laszlo Bar & Private Dining, SF, USA

David Nepove

Director of Mixology, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, CA, USA

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