Another Round of Litigation Developments: Tito's, Beam and Luxco
FILED SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 September has turned out to be a contentious month in the craft spirits world. First, we reported on Balcones Distilling's internal power struggle [see WSD 09-04-2014] and just two days after we covered a class action lawsuit filed against Templeton Rye for fraud and unjust enrichment stemming from its misleading labels [see WSD 09-17-2014], WSD has learned that a similar lawsuit was filed against Fifth Dimension, the company behind Tito's Handmade Vodka. Read More
Day 1: Major Brands v Diageo/Glazer's Trial
FILED SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 Three tier disputes and especially franchise relationships have been contentious issues in all sectors of the alcohol beverage industry of late. But never more than in Missouri over the past few years - at least for wine and spirits. Read More
Craft Spirits May be Headed for a Turning Point in Transparency
FILED SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 You may recall, leadership for the Templeton Rye brand recently said it would amend its misleading label after it was outed by a local publication for misrepresenting where the liquid was made [see WSD 09-02-2014]. It may be too little too late though, as the company has been hit with a class action lawsuit for fraud and unjust enrichment. Read More
Part II: A Talk with Chopin Vodka
FILED SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 Last week, we published the first part of an interview with Chopin Vodka's owner Tad Dorda and coo, evp Dana Chandler [see WSD 09-21-2014]. Today, we'll pick up in that conversation right where we left off. Read More
Major Brands v. Diageo and Glazer's Trial Starts Today
FILED SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 After several months of respite, all eyes are back on Missouri this week as the case of Major Brands v. Diageo and Glazer's heads to trial in Missouri Circuit Court. The final hearing will determine whether Diageo owes damages, who you'll recall was indemnified by Glazer's - meaning Glazer's will have to pay up if the case in decided in Major Brands' favor. Read More
Chopin's Quest to Prove There's More to Vodka than Smoothness
FILED SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 The deceleration of flavored vodka growth and whiskey Read More
Will 2015 See the "Best Version" of Diageo?
FILED SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 "Diageo has been a company in transition for what now seems like nearly a decade and this coming year feels no different," writes Grupo Santander analyst Anthony Bucalo in a new report out this week analyzing the drink giant's current standing. Read More
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