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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Constellation Sales Slide In First Quarter, But Crown Still Thrives

As a result of the recent sell-off of its Australian and U.K. wine businesses, Constellation Brands’ net sales slid 19% to $635 million in its fiscal first quarter, which ended May 31st. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 30, 2011

Deutsch Strikes Deal With Napa’s Joseph Carr, Bolstering California Lineup

W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. has strengthened its California wine portfolio with an exclusive U.S. marketing and sales agreement to handle Napa Valley’s Joseph Carr and Josh Cellars brands. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 30, 2011

Brown-Forman Buys Maximus Vodka from Altia

Brown-Forman Corp. has agreed to buy Polish vodka brand Maximus from Finnish drinks company Altia PLC. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 30, 2011

News Briefs for June 30, 2011

•Kevin O’Neil is moving from his leadership role at Diageo North America to Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG), where he’s been named executive vice president of the distributor’s dedicated Diageo/Moët Hennessy Division, effective August 1. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 30, 2011

Riding The Dessert Trend, Pinnacle Whipped Projects 750,000 Cases For 2011

Launched little more than a year ago, Pinnacle Whipped vodka ($14 a 750-ml.) has shipped 400,000 cases so far in 2011, and brand-owner White Rock Distilleries is projecting its full-year volume at 750,000 cases. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 29, 2011

InterContinental Hotels Seeking Beverage Growth Through Innovation

InterContinental Hotels Group is one of the world’s largest hospitality groups, with a presence in 100 countries. In the Americas, InterContinental operates 100 full service hotels, with brands including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Hotel Indigo, as well as InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. In its most recent quarterly results ending March 31, 2011, the company’s U.S. revenues were up 8.4%, the highest U.S. growth since the second quarter of 2006. This year is estimated to be slightly better than 2010. SND recently interviewed InterContinental’s vice president, food & beverage, Americas, Jean-Pierre Etcheberrigaray. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 29, 2011

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