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News Briefs for May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

•South Africa’s wine crop has hit a record high, with the 2013 harvest estimated to total roughly 1.5 million tons, according to the South African Wine Industry Information and Systems (SAWIS) trade organization. This total marks a 5.6% increase on 2012’s crop, and is also 4.6% higher than South Africa’s previous record year in 2008. Despite experiencing a late and unusually short harvest season, the crop was positively influenced by a prolonged winter and cool spring, as well as good harvest weather and effective pest and disease control. South Africa is 10th largest supplier of imported bottled wine in the U.S., last year reaching 860,000 cases on 5.9% growth.

•Missouri’s McCormick Distilling has reformulated its Tarantula Tequila brand to create two 100-proof expressions. Rolling out this month, the core Tarantuala range now includes Tarantula Plata 100 and Tarantula Reposado 100, both of which are 100-proof and made with 100% blue agave. Priced at $17.99 a 750-ml., the Tequilas are meant to be consumed neat, as a shot, on the rocks or in cocktails. Concurrently, Tarantula has unveiled new labeling, using the colors of the Mexican flag to reflect the brand’s heritage and authenticity. In addition to the 100-proof Plata and Reposado, Tarantula Tequila’s portfolio also includes Tarantula Azul (a blend of Tequila and citrus liqueur) and Tarantula Strawberry (Tequila and strawberry liqueur).

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