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Hennessy Following Up Banner Year With Continued Expansion In 2016

Hennessy recently celebrated its 250th anniversary, but the Cognac brand is growing so quickly in the U.S. market that its performance resembles that of a hot new product. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 26, 2016

News Briefs for May 26, 2016

•Smirnoff vodka has released a limited edition berry-flavored extension ahead of the summer season. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 26, 2016

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 26, 2016

•Illinois-based Small Town Brewery has extended its fast-growing Not Your Father’s hard soda range with the launch of Vanilla Cream Ale. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 26, 2016

RNDC Indicted On Federal Smuggling Charges, But CEO Proclaims Company’s Innocence

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC), the country’s second-largest spirits and wine wholesaler, has been indicted on federal liquor smuggling charges, but RNDC president and CEO Tom Cole insists the company—and the three employees who were also indicted—are innocent. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

ABI-SABMiller Deal Gets EU Approval, But Is Delayed In U.S. Amid Distribution Concerns

Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has gained approval from European regulators to proceed with its $107 billion acquisition of top rival SABMiller, but as part of the pending deal’s review in the U.S., regulators are reportedly questioning some of the brewing behemoth’s incentive policies for distributors. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

News Briefs for May 25, 2016

•Before Donn Chappellet set his sights on producing powerful, age-worthy wines, he made a fortune distributing coffee vending machines. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

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