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News Briefs for January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013

•Des Plaines, Illinois-based importer and marketer A. Hardy USA is set to introduce a new product—Fratello hazelnut liqueur—to the U.S. market. Produced in Ghemme, Italy, Fratello is made from toasted Piemonte hazelnuts infused with cocoa, vanilla berries and elderflowers and blended with pure acacia honey. Fratello will be available nationwide beginning in March, priced at $23.99 a 750-ml. The A. Hardy portfolio also includes fast-rising RumChata liqueur, as well as Hardy Cognacs, Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs, Drappier Champagnes, recently added Serata Amaretto Di Piemonte and a host of other spirits and wines.

Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida (SWS-FL) has restructured its management team, following a pair of new appointments. Effective February 1, John Wittig will take on the role of SWS-FL senior vice president, sales and marketing. In the new role, Wittig will be charged with leading a newly-created sales and marketing leadership team, which will report directly to SWS-FL executive vice president, general manager Steve Power. Wittig, who previously served as the division’s vice president, general sales manager of South Florida, will be replaced by Patrick Cassidy, effective February 18. Meanwhile, Southern has augmented its Pacific Northwest unit (SWS-PNW) with the appointment of Gregg Risley as vice president, operations. Risley, who was previously vice president, operations for Southern in metro New York, will report to John Klein, executive vice president-general manager of SWS-PNW. Risley will be replaced by Kevin Randall, currently vice president, operations for Southern’s upstate New York business. Randall, in turn, will be replaced by Amos Heaton. The Pacific Northwest and New York appointments were effective January 20.

•Central Coast winegrower and producer J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has appointed Rhonda Motil to the position of senior marketing director. Motil joins J. Lohr after 10 years as the executive director of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association.

 

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