April Newsletter

We’ve woven this week’s update into the monthly newsletter so you can get all your import news in a single click.

What’s New at Elenteny?

Congratulations to the 100+ importers who track their orders with a single click.  By using our online system Globe™, you can instantly get the current status of your shipments and invoices.

Use the Globe™ Freight Portal for:

Order tracking
PO history reports
Invoice reports
PO entry
LCL quotes

Starting is easyWatch our video for instructions.


Customer Spotlight: Flavors of Italy

A sip of Europe on the Big Island, Italian Chef Donato Loperfido started Flavors of Italy in 2005 to supply Hawaii with niche Italian, French and Spanish wines.  Their focus is to represent the lesser-known wines with a sense of place and history.

See for yourself the collection of autochthonous wines that are special enough to be shipped to paradise!  http://flavorsofitalyhi.com/producers/

Raising a glass to Flavors of Italy!


Friday April 2, 2021: Hillebrand USA offices and warehouses will be closed for Good Friday.  This is also a paid holiday for ILA longshoremen’s union.


August 9-10, 2021: Annual Wine & Spirits Expo in New York.  Meet 100+ global wine, beer, and spirits suppliers.


Over 90% of the world’s trade is shipped by sea. See which lanes get the most traffic.


Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board deemed to have illegally restricted wine by prohibiting wine dealers from shipping wines directly to retailers and restaurants that sell wine for take-out.


Wine importers rejoice. Katherine Tai’s confirmation as U.S. Trade Ambassador gives hope that the temporary suspension of tariffs on wine and spirits products from the EU and the U.K. will become permanent when the four-month suspension period has ended. Organizations like the Wine Origins Alliance have applauded Tai’s confirmation.


The Suez crisis will keep much-needed box equipment out of circulation for an extended period, making equipment scarcer.


Why the Alcohol Industry Is Betting Big on Cannabis. As legalization increases, drinks companies see huge opportunity in the THC and CBD beverage space.



Check out Alexi’s Podcast: Interview with Christy Frank


Ever wondered why independent retail stores you’ve known for years are not scaling up?  It’s not a lack of business acumen or capital—it has more to do about the macroeconomic factors and the restrictions that come with them.  But what are these factors and what role do they play in the world of independent wine retail?

Tune in as Alexi talks to Christy Frank, Education Development Manager at Wine Australia in New York City and a partner at Copake Wine Works in Copake, New York, about what it’s like to start her own wine store, the factors that independent retailers consider before scaling their business, how to eliminate the barriers in starting independent retail stores, and the romance novel that she’s working on that will give everyone a glimpse of what wine trips are really like!

Listen to Interview with Christy Frank.

Where flowers bloom so does hope.”

-Lady Bird Johnson

Cheers, Elenteny Imports