Foley to Acquire Chalone
FILED FEBRUARY 8, 2016 Foley Family Wines has acquired Diageo's last wine interest Chalone Estate Vineyard. The acquisition includes Chalone and Gavilan brands, as well as 1,000 acres of land - 240 of which are planted with wine grapes. The Chalone brands are 100% estate grown and sourced from the oldest producing vineyards in Monterey County. Read More
Casa Cuervo Takes Aim at Upscale Tequila Category
FILED FEBRUARY 5, 2016 The Beckmanns, the family behind Jose Cuervo, have given a rare on-record interview about their plans to create a Napa-Valley-style tourist destination in Tequila and grow their presence in the high end. Amid the claims that nearby cartels "tend to leave tourists alone," the family revealed a few interesting nuggets about the company. Read More
Remy Cointreau Renews Distributor Agreements Led by RNDC
FILED FEBRUARY 4, 2016 Following a "comprehensive review process," Remy Cointreau USA has decided it will largely stay the course with its distributor network in the US post its distributor alliance break up with Brown-Forman and Bacardi. The review focused on partners that "have a track record of growing luxury spirit brands," per a release from the company. Read More
Takeaways from DISCUS 2015 Report
FILED FEBRUARY 4, 2016 As you may have noticed from the press coverage of DISCUS's annual spirits briefing for 2015, whiskey is still the belle of the spirits ball. And while it is important to report that the total whiskey category grew 8% and brought in $8.1 billion in supplier revenue, your editors found a few other interesting trends in the DISCUS reports that haven't been as widely covered: Read More
Peju Takes Acacia Vineyard off Diageo's Plate
FILED FEBRUARY 3, 2016 You'll likely recall Diageo has sloughed off the vast majority of its wine assets in the past six months, selling most of them to Treasury Wine Estates [see WSD 10-13-2015]. Now Peju Province Winery has taken the 100-acre Acacia Vineyard and Winery off Diageo's hands. Read More
Spirits Supplier Revenues Up $950M in 2015
FILED FEBRUARY 2, 2016 DISCUS's annual spirits briefing this morning revealed the category maintained "nice consistent growth" in 2015 as many of the same trends seen in 2014 continued through the year. Supplier revenues were up 4.1% for the year, on par with 2014, and raked in $24.1 billion. Volumes were up 2.3%, adding an extra 4.9 million cases to the market and totaling 215 million cases. Read More
William Grant Restructures US Commercial Sales Team
FILED FEBRUARY 1, 2016 After eight years in the role, William Grant's & Sons' svp of sales for the US market Ted Roman is leaving the company "to pursue other career interests." To fill Ted's role, William Grant has restructured the US Commercial team. Effective immediately Joanne Jones, will be gm for the East Region, Richard Frederick, gm of the West Region, Marc Hirten, will be gm of of commercial strategy. Read More
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