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News Briefs for October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015

•Delicato Family Vineyards-owned boxed wine brand Bota Box has launched a new dark red blend, Nighthawk Black. A blend of California Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Syrah, Nighthawk Black will be available year-round in the brand’s standard 3-liter package ($22.99) and seasonally in Bota Box’s 500-ml. Tetra Pak format ($5.99). The new entry marks the thirteenth expression in the Bota Box lineup, as well as the brand’s second red blend. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Bota Box has nearly doubled to more than 3 million nine-liter cases in the U.S. since 2011.

•Distell USA is expanding distribution of its Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky in the U.S. Originally launched in a handful of Midwestern markets this past summer, Bain’s, a 100%-grain South African whisky, is now entering New York and Massachusetts and deepening its penetration in the Midwest as well. Produced at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, South Africa, Bain’s retails at $30 a bottle.

•The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has reported record sales of $2.34 billion for its 2014-15 fiscal year ended in June, a rise of 4.2%. The state retail and wholesale wine and spirits monopoly said it will return a profit of at least $80 million to Pennsylvania’s general fund for the fiscal year. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf recently floated a plan that would lease PLCB stores to a private entity and offer flexible pricing, as well as the possibility of beer and wine sales in supermarkets. That effort was rebuffed by state congressional leaders, who favor full privatization.


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