Smuggling Booze and Aliens from Cuba to Florida during Prohibition (article)

Lindquist Dorr, Lisa. “Bootlegging Aliens: Unsanctioned Immigration and the Underground Economy of Smuggling from Cuba during Prohibition.” Florida Historical Quarterly 93, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 44–73. On the smuggling of illegal immigrants and liquor from Cuba to Florida during the 1920s. Among other things, explains: “When profits from booze became risky and the passage of the most stringent immigration restriction law in 1924 increased the number of desperate immigrants . . . , “bootlegging aliens” . . . quickly expanded as an alternative source of profit for smugglers” (46). And: “European makers of cognac, whiskey, scotch, gin, vodka, wine and champagne shipped thousands of cases of liquor to ports like Havanna, knowing that they would eventually end up as contraband in the United States” (49).

AB InBev considering purchase of SABMiller for about $122 billion

One of the major developments of twenty-first century brewery history has been the consolidation of historically independent breweries into very large multinational corporations. The trend continues. Fortune explains: “A new round of consolidation would come as global beer makers continue to face challenges in many Western markets where consumer spending has been muted. They’ve also been challenged by a shifting preference to wine and spirits over beer. In the U.S., for example, Millennials have especially gravitated to flavorful offerings from the spirits and wine industry, as well as to beers sold by craft brewers.” The article also notes “Japan-based beer and soft-drinks maker Suntory Holdings Ltd’s $13.6 billion acquisition of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark maker Beam Inc.” —  “Beer Industry May See Another Blockbuster Merger.” Fortune. Accessed September 15, 2014. Link.