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News Briefs for June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016

•Beam Suntory has launched a new Japanese whisky label, Suntory Whisky Toki. Retailing at around $40 a bottle, Toki is a blend of whiskies from the Hakushu, Yamazaki and Chita distilleries. The 43%-abv offering is rolling out this month exclusively in the U.S., with a Canada launch to follow in July. Beam Suntory says Toki lends itself to consumption neat, on the rocks or in a highball, which has become the preferred serve for whisky in its native Japan.

•Diageo has introduced a new George Dickel 17-year-old Tennessee whisky, which will be sold exclusively in the Volunteer State. Retailing at $75 a 375-ml. bottle, Dickel 17-year-old is debuting this month. Bottled by hand at George Dickel’s Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, Tennessee, the 17-year-old features the Dickel brand’s signature mashbill of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley.

•Geyserville, California-based The Family Coppola has expanded its wine marketing team with four new hires. Former Scripps Networks Interactive executive Jennifer Leitman has been named The Family Coppola’s vice president of marketing, while Kathleen Murphy, who most recently served as marketing director, innovation at Constellation, joins as director of innovation. Concurrently, Gabriela Becker has been appointed director of marketing and Rebecca Gilbert has been named senior brand manager for the group’s Virginia Dare Winery portfolio and Director’s and Director’s Cut wines. Both Becker and Gilbert come to the Coppola team from Jackson Family Wines.

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