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News Briefs for October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

•Trinchero Family Estates has collaborated with the Robertson family of A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” on a new line of wines, SND has learned. The new Duck Commander brand of wines includes Triple Threat Red Blend, Wood Duck Chardonnay and Miss Priss Pink Moscato, all retailing at $9.99 a bottle. The wines are named for the Duck Commander duck-call brand created by the Robertson family.

•California-based private label producer Winery Exchange has restructured its sales organization, creating a dedicated wine and spirits unit, a new craft-focused beer unit and a new national accounts team. Shawn Schiffer—formerly the director of corporate chains for Wirtz Beverage’s Alliance Division—has been named vice president of sales/national accounts for the U.S., while former Owens-Illinois Inc. exec Marc Kibbey has been tapped as vice president of sales/beer.

•Bacardi has partnered with Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto (Casa AGP) to distribute Casa AGP’s mezcal portfolio throughout Mexico. Under the new agreement, Bacardi will handle Casa AGP’s flagship Zignum brand, which features a joven, reposado and añejo, as well as its Mezcal El Recuerdo de Oaxaca and Mezcal El Señorío ranges. According to Bacardi Mexico managing director Constantino Spas, the move makes Bacardi the first global spirits company to offer a full mezcal portfolio in the Mexican market.

•Agave Loco’s RumChata is set to debut in the Canadian market. Rolling out within the next six months, the rum cream liqueur brand will be distributed in Canada by Glazer’s Inc., which also handles the brand in seven U.S. markets and St. Thomas, USVI. RumChata will be priced at around $29.95 Canadian, compared to roughly $19.95 in the U.S. An Impact “Hot Brand,” RumChata is projected to surpass 600,000 cases in the U.S. by the end of this year.

•The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) is launching the first-ever barrel of Aberfeldy single cask Scotch available in the U.S. this fall. Currently available for pre-order throughNovember 1, the 1997 Aberfeldy Single Cask entry is currently priced at $229.99 and includes a personalized engraved medallion with purchase. After November 1, remaining inventory will be offered at select New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores for $249.99. Only 600 bottles of the limited edition, 16-year-old offering will be offered.

•Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve is now rolling out in the U.S. market. The limited edition new product, which SND first reported on in April, features gin made using the original Beefeater recipe and then finished in rare oak barrels selected by master distiller Desmond Payne. Burrough’s Reserve ($70 a 750-ml.) is produced in very small batches, and each bottle displays its batch and bottle number on the label.

•South Africa’s Amarula liqueur has unveiled a new extension, Amarula Gold, a non-cream product that will be launched in key global markets early next year. Like Amarula Cream, Gold is also made from marula fruit that is fermented into a marula wine and then double-distilled and aged in oak for 24 months. Owned by Distell, Amarula is handled by Aveníu brands in the U.S., where it was up 13% to 45,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

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