Constellation and SGWS expand US distribution deal

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will distribute approximately 70% of Constellation Brands’ portfolio in the US from April 2021. The expanded deal – terms of which have not been disclosed – is in line with Constellation’s vision to offer a ‘high-end’ wine and spirits portfolio with ‘exceptional’ consumer experiences. The agreement covers Constellation’s wine and spirits portfolio. “We are not only fully aligned with Constellation Brands’ strategy to accelerate growth in high-end wine and spirits…

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Beach Bum rum enters new markets

Beach Bum Beverages has released its namesake Mauritian rums in Latvia, Romania and the US, and will soon launch in Taiwan. The Beach Bum rum range comprises the 40% ABV Beach Bum Rum Gold and Beach Bum Rum Silver. The rums were developed by Scottish entrepreneur David Adamson, who visited Mauritius on a trip in 2016. He sought to create rums infused with the spirit and flavour of the island. Beach Bum Beverages will now…

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Labrenta opens US office

Italian closures manufacturer Labrenta has opened a new office in New Jersey, US, in a bid to expand its presence internationally. Labrenta selected Jersey City in New Jersey as the location for its new office due to its proximity to New York City and to whiskey-producing states such as Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kentucky and North Carolina. The site was opened at the end of 2020 and has two sales employees, with more workers to follow. Labrenta…

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Distillery 291 names wholesale sales and marketing VP

Colorado-based Distillery 291 has appointed Hannah Thomas as its new vice president of wholesale sales and marketing. Thomas, a Colorado native, previously worked with US drinks wholesaler Breakthru Beverage Group, where she represented the Diageo and Moët Hennessy portfolios. Thomas also has extensive experience in the on-trade and previously managed a number of venues, alongside James Beard award-winning chefs. She said: “Distillery 291’s motto, ‘hard made the Colorado way’, truly resonates with me. It represents…

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Scotch whisky exports plummet £1.1bn in 2020

Exports of Scotch whisky fell by £1.1 billion (US$1.5bn) in 2020 to its lowest level in a decade as a result of the pandemic and US-imposed tariffs, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. In 2020, exports of Scotch Whisky fell 23% by value to £3.8bn (US$5.3bn). The number of 700ml bottles exported dropped by 13% to the equivalent of 1.14bn. According to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the export figures are the lowest they have…

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