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News Briefs for September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

•Paul Skipworth has taken a leave of absence from his role as president and managing director of The Glenmorangie Co. for personal reasons. According to parent company Moët Hennessy, Marc Hoellinger is replacing Skipworth on an interim basis until Skipworth’s return. Hoellinger previously spent three years as Glenmorangie marketing director under Skipworth before recently taking on the role of marketing strategy director within Moët Hennessy.

•Italy’s wine production is set to rebound this year, forecasted to rise 8% to 44.5 million hectoliters by the country’s Institute for Agricultural and Market Services. Italy’s southern winegrowing regions are expected to drive the projected increase, with Puglia’s output forecasted to jump 14% to 6.1 million hectoliters and Sicily primed for a 17% increase to 6 million hectoliters. Among the country’s other top wine-producing areas, the Veneto is expected to produce 8.1 million hectoliters, up 4%, while Emilia-Romagna is forecasted to hit 6.9 million hectoliters, up 10%.

•San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling has added Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Penny Blue XO Single Estate Mauritian rum to its U.S. import stable. A new limited edition offering, Penny Blue is matured in both American oak whiskey and French oak Cognac casks and priced at $79.99 a bottle. An initial batch of nearly 6,000 bottles will be available in the U.S. and Europe, with 2,500 currently allocated for the U.S. Penny Blue is made by the Mauritius-based Indian Ocean Rum Company distillery, which also produces Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Pink Pigeon rum brand.

•Sonoma-based wine and spirits marketer The Other Guys (TOG) has unveiled a packaging update for its Hey Mambo wine range. Rolling out across the California brand’s full portfolio, the new look features a more simplified label, which uses graduated layers of color to evoke the sound and movement of Mambo music and dance. Also included as part of the repack is a new slogan, “Blended to captivate.” Priced at around $9.99 a 750-ml., the Hey Mambo lineup includes Sultry Red, Swanky White and Dry Rose expressions.

•St. Helena, California-based Wilson Daniels has named Bob Guinn as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Guinn joins Wilson Daniels with more than 25 years in the beverage industry, including his most recent role as executive vice president at August Wine Group.

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