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News Briefs for April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018

•Stoli Group USA has extended its namesake vodka brand with a new Cucumber offshoot. The expression marks the first flavor to join the core Stoli range in more than five years. Infused with notes of savory cucumber, the 37.5%-abv entry is designed to be served on the rocks or in cocktails, and will be available nationwide starting this month, retail priced at $20 a 750-ml. A package featuring Stoli Cucumber with Tajín chile seasoning affixed to the bottle will also be available at select retail outlets, providing consumers a built-in garnish. The Stoli brand was up 0.8% to 1.73 million 9-liter cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Kobrand Corporation has been named the exclusive U.S. importer of Italian spirits brand Lucano, effective immediately. At the center of the Lucano lineup are Amaro and Anniversario Amaro expressions, both of which are made from a unique blend of over 30 herbs. Limoncello, Sambuca, and coffee liqueurs round out the brand’s core range, which was previously handled in the U.S. by Domaine Select Wine & Spirits. Kobrand’s spirits portfolio also includes Alizé liqueurs, Delamain Cognac, and Sassicaia grappa, among other brands.

•Broken Shed Distilleries has appointed industry veteran Steve Bellini executive vice president of business development. Bellini, who has more than 40 years of drinks industry experience, comes to Broken Shed from Mast-Jägermeister U.S., where he most recently served as senior vice president of distribution and control state strategy and executive vice president, sales. Other previous roles include president and CEO of Future Brands LLC and president of Seagram Americas. Broken Shed is known for its namesake New Zealand-sourced vodka brand.

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