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News Briefs for April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

•Online retailer Amazon has extended its Amazon Wine delivery service to Texas. Starting this month, Texas-based consumers are able to purchase wine directly from the wineries listed on Amazon Wine. Additionally, consumers can now purchase directly from participating Texas-based wineries, including Llano Estacado, Becker Vineyards and McPherson Cellars, among others. With the addition of Texas, Amazon Wine now delivers to a total of 17 U.S. markets, offering to ship up to six bottles of wine for $9.99. Launched in November 2012, Amazon Wine features upwards of 2,200 wine labels from roughly 350 wineries in California, Oregon, Washington state and Texas.

•Beam Inc. has introduced two new flavor extensions to the Cruzan rum portfolio, Key Lime and Passion Fruit. Both are available now nationwide for a suggested retail price of $14.99 a 750-ml. Key Lime and Passion Fruit join a Cruzan line that includes aged light rum, aged dark rum, Black Strap, Single Barrel, 151-Proof and 9 Spiced rum, as well as 11 flavored variants. Produced in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands by the Nelthropp family, Cruzan rum’s net sales were up 12% for Beam’s fiscal full-year ending in December, according to the company.

•Renowned chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse and his Ducasse Studios consulting group are opening a restaurant at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York, in late May. The new concept, called Pinch American Grill, will offer classic steak house cuisine, specialty cocktails, wine and 100 local craft beers on draft. Six booths in the dining area will feature self-serve beer tap systems, and the restaurant will also have an open kitchen, an elevated keg room and a raw bar. In addition, Pinch will launch a growler program for take-away service. Alain Ducasse’s other U.S. restaurant concepts include Benoit in New York, Mix in Las Vegas and Adour in Washington, D.C.

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