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The growing popularity of wine has led to numerous accessories. The culture generally associated with wine allows for many complementary items. Haleluk said wine buckets are popular in restaurant chains, and a new wine accessory offered by Franmara, the Vinturi Wine Aerator, helps add oxygen to wine as it is being poured into a glass, Chiorazzi explained.
Why not barware? Not only do restaurants need it year-round, but there are other opportunities to promote, sell and use dining equipment. “November to February is the time of the year when sales are the highest in barware,” Haleluk said. “Even though they may only use it once per year, if someone has a party, they will definitely use [barware] because they have people at their home during Thanksgiving or the Super Bowl.” Aldrich, on the other hand, noted glass and drinkware are “solid movers all year long.”
People will always need to eat and drink, and, as they serve patrons, bars and restaurants will always need the accoutrements to bring beverages to the table. Distributors truly can be the heroes as they find ways to help patrons and restaurateurs alike.