Espolòn Tequila creator dies

Cirilo Oropeza, creator and master distiller of Campari Group-owned Espolòn Tequila, has died at the age of 80. Oropeza died on 5 October 2020 in his native Mexico, surrounded by family. With more than 50 years of industry experience, Espolòn was said to be the lifelong aspiration of Oropeza. Oropeza’s passion for spirits started in 1965 when he began his career at Ingenio Potrero Distillery in Veracruz, Mexico, managing sugar cane quality control for the…

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Illva Saronno CEO Augusto Reina dies

Augusto Reina, chief executive officer of Disaronno producer Illva Saronno, has died at the age of 79. A statement from Italian drinks group Illva Saronno said Reina died on Wednesday night (19 February) after his health had taken a turn for the worse over the last few months. Born on 11 June 1940, Italian industrialist Reina was described as a “great innovator” who transformed the family-run Italian company into a global business. He was also…

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ICAP founder Marcus Grant dies

Marcus Grant, founder of the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), died just before Christmas. Grant, who died on 22 December 2019, dedicated more than 40 years of his professional life to tackling alcohol-related harm, advocating for a ‘whole of society’ approach to reducing harmful drinking. Grant’s career in the alcohol industry started at the Alcohol Education Centre where he worked as director of a UK-based non-governmental organisation. The group provided national coordination of post-qualification…

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Four Roses ambassador Al Young dies

Al Young, senior brand ambassador and historian at Four Roses Bourbon, has died at the age of 77. Young, who died on 25 December 2019, was described as an “integral part of Four Roses’ legacy and history”. The Bourbon brand said in a statement on 26 December: “The Four Roses family is in mourning. It is with great sadness that we share that Al Young, Four Roses’ senior brand ambassador, passed away yesterday with his…

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Employee dies at Sazerac’s Glenmore Distillery

An employee has died as the result of a “workplace accident” at the Sazerac-owned The Glenmore Distillery in Kentucky on Monday (14 January), causing the site to suspend operations. The unnamed employee died following an accident at the maturation and bottling plant in Owensboro, Kentucky. Details of the incident have not been disclosed. A Sazerac spokeswoman told The Spirits Business: “We are deeply saddened to report the death of a team member at The Glenmore…

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