News Briefs for January 14, 2014January 14, 2014
•Constellation is extending its Svedka vodka brand with two new flavors, Mango Pineapple and Strawberry Lemonade. Available nationwide beginning next month, the duo will retail at $12.99 a 750-ml. They join Colada, Strawberry Colada, Orange Cream Pop, Cherry, Citron, Clementine, Raspberry and Vanilla in the brand’s flavor line. Svedka’s U.S. volume rose 3.3% to 4 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank.
•Sonoma, California-based V2 Wine Group has formed a new national sales and marketing partnership with Napa’s Bouchaine Vineyards. Owned by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, Bouchaine specializes primarily in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from the Carneros district of Napa. The winery’s portfolio ranges in price from around $22-$100 a bottle. In addition to Bouchaine, V2—which is a joint venture between industry veterans Dan and Katy Leese and entrepreneur Pete Kight—also handles the Dry Creek Vineyard, La Follette, Lake Sonoma, Lucinda & Millie, Quivira, Steelhead, Toad Hollow, Torbreck, Valley of the Moon and Vindicated wine brands in the U.S.
•Des Plaines, Illinois-based A. Hardy USA has added Ireland’s Dingle Gin to its U.S. import portfolio. Produced by County Kerry’s Dingle distillery, established in 2012, the 43%-abv offering is made using traditional pot stills and seven locally-grown botanicals, including coriander, angelica, chervil, heather, bog myrtle, juniper and rowanberry. Dingle Gin, which is billed as a classic, London dry-style entry, is priced at $35.99 a 750-ml. Along with the new brand, A. Hardy also markets Hardy Cognac, the RumChata, Fratello Hazelnut and Thatcher’s Organic liqueur brands and Drappier Champagne, among others.