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Daily Archive: May 5, 2017

Interview, Part 1: Patrick Piana, President & CEO, Stoli Group USA

Drinks industry veteran Patrick Piana was named president and CEO of Stoli Group USA in mid-2015. Over the past two years, Stoli Group USA has expanded its headcount by roughly 50% to more than 100 employees, and added Diageo and Moët Hennessy veteran Brian Cox as CMO, among other key hires. The company’s namesake brand has carved out solid growth within a challenging imported vodka category in the U.S. recently, increasing 3% to 1.7 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank. In recent weeks, Stoli also introduced a new flavor range, Crushed, featuring real fruit juice. SND recently met with Piana to see what’s next on the agenda. Continue reading →

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Heineken Snaps Up Remaining 50% Stake In Lagunitas

Heineken N.V. has fully acquired Lagunitas Brewing Co., two years after purchasing a 50% stake in the California craft brewer. Continue reading →

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News Briefs for May 5, 2017

•Bacardi Ltd. has issued a recall in Canada for 1.14-liter bottles of its Bombay Sapphire gin. Continue reading →

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