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News Briefs for August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

•Lodi-based Michael David Winery, producer of the 7 Deadly Zins brand, is releasing a new namesake label at the super-premium tier. The first offerings under the Michael David Winery brand will be a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc, both priced at $16 and rolling out this month to all major U.S. markets, as well as Canada and Sweden. An unnamed red varietal is slated to be added to the line in 2014. In addition to the new range and 7 Deadly Zins, Michael David’s brand portfolio also includes Petite Petit, Earthquake, Freakshow and 6th Sense Syrah. The company sources its wines from its more than 800 acres in Lodi.

•Beam Inc. is extending its Effen vodka brand with a new flavored variant, Salted Caramel. It will be priced at $27.99 a 750-ml., and joins a range that already includes the core unflavored expression, as well as Cucumber, Black Cherry and Raspberry flavored vodkas. Effen was down 5% in the U.S. last year, to 65,000 nine-liter cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Glazer’s, Inc. has appointed Chris Heaton as vice president, supplier performance. In this position, Heaton will be responsible for driving the overall corporate sales performance, and for managing key vendor relationships inclusive of E.&J. Gallo Winery. He will report to Mike McLaughlin, executive vice president of sales and marketing. Heaton comes to Glazer’s from Gallo, where he most recently served as a multi-regional director of retail/on-premise.

•Young’s Market Co. has made several new executive appointments, including the promotion of Tim Moore to the role of senior vice president, general manager-sales, Northern California. Moore was previously Central Coast vice president/branch manager. Concurrently, Brian Keller, who will continue to oversee the general market while taking on strategic retail sales responsibilities, has been named senior vice president, general manager-sales, Southern California. Lastly, vice president of programming-Northern California Dan Hoben has been appointed senior vice president, wine strategy for California. Moore, Keller and Hoban will all report to Jason Wooler, Young’s executive vice president, general manager-California.

•Paulaner International has opened its first U.S. microbrewery restaurant in New York City. Located at 265/267 Bowery, Paulaner Bräuhaus & Restaurant NYC will offer beers that have been brewed on-site, as well as “contemporary, artisanal cuisine” reflecting Bavaria’s culinary traditions. The 9,800-square-foot industrial-style space, designed by New York-based Morali Architects, showcases its copper and steel brewing tanks in the center, and features seating for 240, exposed brick walls, 14-foot ceilings and a design inspired by both Paulaner’s Bavarian heritage and the Bowery area’s history. The New York City location will serve as the flagship for the development of more Paulaner Bräuhaus establishments across the country. Paulaner already operates more than 25 Bräuhaus microbreweries internationally.

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