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Daily Archive: July 15, 2011

The Rise Of Stew Leonard’s Wines: Annual Sales Hit $100 Million In Just Over A Decade

Tri-state area upscale grocer Stew Leonard Jr. expanded into wine retailing in 1999, and today there are nine wine stores bearing his name: three in Connecticut, three in New York state and three in New Jersey. Stew Leonard’s Wines operations now ring up total annual sales of $100 million, having rapidly emerged as one of the biggest players in the tri-state wine business. (Stew Leonard’s sells wine, distilled spirits and beer in Connecticut and New Jersey, its newest market, and wine and spirits only in New York.) Shanken News Daily recently spoke with Leonard, who also serves as president and CEO of the four-unit Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Food stores. Continue reading →

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Aiming To Replicate Ciroc’s Success, Diageo Partners With Pharrell Williams on Qream Liqueur

Mirroring its strategy for high-flying Cîroc vodka, Diageo North America has joined forces with hip-hop impresario Pharrell Williams on Qream, a new vodka-based cream liqueur. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 15, 2011

News Briefs for July 15, 2011

•Chilean wine group Concha y Toro has partnered with its exclusive U.S. importer, Banfi Vintners, to form the Excelsior Wine Company, a U.S. distribution unit jointly managed by both companies. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 15, 2011