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News Briefs for May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

•Amazon has begun delivering wine and beer in the Miami and Orlando markets through its Prime Now platform. Starting this week, Amazon Prime members in the two Florida cities can receive wine and beer deliveries within two hours for free or within one hour for a small fee. Amazon has been aggressively expanding its alcohol delivery activities—sometimes in tandem with recent acquisition Whole Foods—and now delivers beverage alcohol in more than a dozen U.S. markets.

•Texas-based Balcones Distilling has made a name for itself with a range of bold whiskies and other spirits with outsized Texas character. As Balcones embarks on its 10th anniversary this year, the company is now running at full steam and eyeing opportunities for expansion. In early 2016, Balcones began production at its new 65,000-square-foot distillery in the historic Texas Fireproof Storage building in downtown Waco. The location will allow the company to finally keep up with high demand. Housing the company’s offices, three floors of storage space, a retail store, and a tasting room, the $33 million distillery and warehousing space allows Balcones to produce about 90,000 9-liter cases annually. Market Watch has more on Balcones’ ambitious plans for the future.

•Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has named Russell Motz senior vice president of supplier business development for its wine division, effective June 3. Motz previously held the position of vice president of retail national accounts at RNDC. In his new role leading supplier business development for wine he will report directly to RNDC chief operating officer Bob Hendrickson and remain based in RNDC’s Grand Prairie, Texas office.

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