News Briefs for January 14, 2013January 14, 2013
•Eric Morham, currently president of Constellation Brands’ Canadian business, will retire effective May 31. He’ll be replaced by Ben Dollard, who is currently senior vice president of Constellation’s International unit. Morham has been with Constellation for nearly a decade and has led the wine giant’s Canadian business since 2009. Dollard is also a longtime Constellation executive, having previously headed the company’s BRL Hardy USA and Pacific Wine Partners divisions. He’ll be based in Mississauga, Ontario in his new role. Dollard’s current position will be filled by Philip Kingston, who currently leads Constellation’s Asian business in Hong Kong. Kingston, who joined the company in 1996, will be based in San Francisco in his new post.
•South African wine exports rose 17% last year to reach a record 417 million liters, according to the Wines of South Africa (WOSA) trade group. The country’s previous export record, totaling 407 million liters, was achieved in 2008. Growth was propelled in part by a favorable currency, as well as an increase in bulk wine exports. (Bulk exports accounted for roughly 59% of South Africa’s wine volume in 2012.) The SA Wine Industry & Information Systems trade group predicts that this year’s South African wine harvest will total 1.38 million tons—its third-largest wine crop ever.
•Stella Artois has partnered with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz to create a new advertising campaign. Set to launch January 18 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, of which Stella is the official beer sponsor, the campaign features British actor Noah Huntley and Ukrainian model Tanya Ruban. The ads will appear in print publications like GQ, Elle and Vanity Fair beginning in February.
•Des Plaines, Illinois-based importer and marketer A. Hardy USA is set to introduce a new liqueur—Serata Amaretto Di Piemonte—to the U.S. market. Produced in Ghemme, Italy, the new offering will be available nationwide beginning next month, priced at $22.99 a 750-ml. bottle. Serata Amaretto Di Piemonte joins an A. Hardy brand stable that includes fast-rising RumChata liqueur, as well as Hardy Cognacs, Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs, Drappier Champagnes and a host of other spirits and wines.