Sazerac Accuses B-F of Infringing on Fireball Trademark
FILED NOVEMBER 25, 2015 Sazerac is taking Brown-Forman to court, claiming B-F infringed on the Fireball trademark through a Google advertising campaign. Read More
Votto Vines: A Small Importer Starting to Attract a Lot of Attention
FILED NOVEMBER 24, 2015 Votto Vines, a little fine wine importing company from Connecticut first landed on our radar at WSD when it was the highest ranked alcohol company on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for 2014. Then it popped up on Forbes' annual America's Most Promising Companies list for 2015, and again in October when it landed on Entrepreneur 360's inaugural Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America list. Read More
Safe Harbor Claims Not Enough to Dismiss Tito's Suit in CA
FILED NOVEMBER 23, 2015 California federal judge Jeffrey Miller has denied a motion for summary judgement in two separate cases against Fifth Generation, owner of Tito's Handmade Vodka. The cases -- one filed by Gary Hofmann, the other by Marc Cabrera -- are the same two cases Judge Miller declined to combine last month [see WSD 10-30-2015]. Recall, both plaintiffs allege Tito's falsely represented the vodka as a handmade product when it is made through the use of "a highly-mechanized process that is devoid of human hands." Read More
Lee Einsidler Leaves SFIC for New Casamigos Spirits Company
FILED NOVEMBER 20, 2015 After a lot of rumor circulation, Casamigos Tequila founders, George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, decided it was "time to take importing in house" with the creation of Casamigos Spirits Company. The new company will be headed by former Sidney Frank Importing Co. chief Lee Einsidler, Casamigos confirms to WSD. Read More
Survey: Craft Distillers Say Distributor, Supplier Relations are Good
FILED NOVEMBER 19, 2015 Yesterday, we shared the results of our first-ever craft distiller survey detailing who the participants were and how much they Read More
50% of Craft Distillers Sourcing Product; 80% Increasing Capacity
FILED NOVEMBER 18, 2015 If you know where to look, there is a lot of readily available data collected on how the craft spirits category as a whole is doing. But in our humble opinion what Read More
Angel's Envy Co-founder Invests $14 Million in Stolen Spirits
FILED NOVEMBER 17, 2015 After the successful sale of Angel's Envy earlier this year, one of the brand's co-founders, Marc Bushala, announced he would establish a $50 million Innovation Fund through his Chicago-based company Liquid Asset Brands (LAB) to invest in other small spirits businesses [see WSD 04-15-15]. Read More
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