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News Briefs for January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

Wine Spectator reports that 2014 marked another successful charity event for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, whose January 25 live auction raised $12.1 million—a 53% increase in live sales over 2013 and the highest sales total since 2008. Net proceeds topped out at $13.5 million. Some of this year’s highest-earning offerings combined collectible wines with travel experiences. Fetching $280,000, the auction’s top wine lot featured 10 jeroboams of Opus One ranging from 1979 to 2010, along with a nine-day trip for three couples to Tokyo, London and Napa Valley. A package of four jeroboams from Napa’s Staglin and Burgundy’s Domaine Michel Lafarge, which included a six-day wine adventure in France, sold twice for $200,000. The Naples auction has topped Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions list every year from 2004 to 2012. It maintains a strong commitment to supporting children’s charities in Collier County, Florida.

•Beam Inc. has promoted Mindy Mackenzie to senior vice president, chief performance officer. In this newly created position, Mackenzie will work across the company’s different segments and global functions to ensure alignment of priorities, processes and talent to support execution of the company’s strategy. The global corporate strategy and global human resources, culture, talent & compensation functions report to Mackenzie in her new role. Mackenzie joined Beam in 2010 and for the past four years has served as senior vice president chief human resources officer. Prior to that, she worked in human resources both at Campbell Soup Co. and Walmart.

•Ireland’s Carlow Brewery is introducing a limited-edition variety pack of its O’Hara’s brand in the U.S. in time for St. Patrick’s Day. O’Hara’s Irish Stout will be featured along with three other brews—Irish Red, Irish Pale Ale and Leann Follain stout—and each variety pack will include an $8 rebate. Kegs and cases of O’Hara’s craft brews are imported to the U.S. from Ireland by Colorado-based Paulaner HP USA.

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