News Briefs for February 11, 2013February 11, 2013
•California’s grape crush hit a record of 4.38 million tons in 2012, according to recently-released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The increase was a 13% rise on 2011’s 3.87 million tons and a 1% increase on 2005’s previous record high. Red wine grapes accounted for the largest share of grapes crushed, up 19% from 2011 to 2.29 million tons, while white wine grapes rose 21%, to 1.72 million tons. The 2012 average price for all varieties, meanwhile, increased 24% to hit a high of $734.35 per ton, with red wine grape and white wine grape averages totaling $879.04 and $623.50 per ton, respectively.
•Constellation has unveiled two new flavors to the Svedka vodka line—Orange Cream Pop and Strawberry Colada. Both will be available nationwide beginning April 15 in 50-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter sizes, priced at $12.99 a 750-ml. Orange Cream Pop and Strawberry Colada join a flavor portfolio that also includes Citron, Clementine, Grape, Raspberry, Vanilla, Cherry and the most recent release, Colada, whose success helped spawn the Strawberry Colada launch.
•Southern Wine & Spirits of Maryland and Washington, D.C. have announced the opening of a new dedicated sales, marketing and administrative office in Baltimore. The new facility will include all back office systems, such as order-to-cash, finance and accounting, among other things. Following the conclusion of the company’s joint venture with Frederick P. Winner, Ltd. in the two markets, Southern will now exclusively manage their own wine and spirits sales and marketing operations, and Winner will continue to manage Southern’s needs for warehousing and shipping, among other functions, on a contractual basis.