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Interview: Bruce Hunter, Managing Director, Shaw-Ross International Importers

Florida-based Shaw-Ross International has caught fire in recent years as the importer of Chateau d’Esclans, whose Whispering Angel brand has spearheaded the Provence rosé boom in the U.S. market. But Shaw-Ross’s recent gains haven’t been limited to rosé. In fact, the company has a number of wine and spirits brands carving out solid growth, including Spanish wines Marques de Riscal (+22% to 172,000 cases last year) and Real Sangria (+4% to 611,000 cases), rums Ron Barcelo (+5% to 61,000 cases) and Pusser’s (+10% to 32,000 cases), and single malt Scotch Glengoyne (+13% to 9,000 cases). SND managing editor Daniel Marsteller recently spoke with Shaw-Ross managing director Bruce Hunter to get an update.

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Posted in News on May 25, 2017

Responding To Constellation Offer, Brown-Forman Says It’s Not For Sale

Following Tuesday’s news that Constellation has lodged an offer to acquire Brown-Forman, the Kentucky-based whiskey giant—controlled by fifth-generation majority shareholders the Brown family—insists that it has no interest in giving up its independence. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2017

Florida Governor Vetoes Controversial “Whiskey And Wheaties” Bill

Florida Governor Rick Scott has vetoed the state legislature’s so-called “Whiskey and Wheaties” bill, citing concerns over the effects on small businesses. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2017

News Briefs for May 25, 2017

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is extending its partnership with Delegat, which owns the Oyster Bay and Barossa Valley Estate wine brands, becoming Delegat’s exclusive distributor across 32 states. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2017

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 25, 2017

•Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider is entering the New York market via distributor S.K.I. Beer. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2017

Constellation Deal For Brown-Forman Would Create 20M-Case U.S. Spirits Player

Yesterday, news broke that Constellation may be lining up its next acquisition target, Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 24, 2017

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