News Briefs for February 26, 2014February 26, 2014
•U.S. wine exports, of which around 90% come from California, reached a new record in 2013, rising 16% to $1.55 billion on a volume increase of 7.5% to 435 million liters, according to the Wine Institute. Among wine export regions, California shipments to the European Union rose 31% to $617 million, Canada was up 12% to $454 million, Japan fell 7% to $102 million, Hong Kong slipped 12% to $78 million, China increased 6% to $77 million and Mexico jumped 21% to $22 million. Wine Institute president and CEO Robert Koch said California, which now exports a fifth of its wine production, is on track to reach its goal of $2 billion in exports by 2020.
•Scotland’s Inver House Distillers has announced a project to double the capacity of its Speyburn Distillery near Rothes on an investment of £4 million ($6.7m). With volume growth of the Speyburn single malt projected at 15% in the company’s current fiscal year, Inver House says the initiative will raise capacity at the distillery from its current 1.8 million liters to more than 4 million liters. Inver House, owned by Thailand drinks group ThaiBev, also produces the Old Pulteney, Balblair and AnCnoc single malts, which, along with Speyburn, are handled in the U.S. by ThaiBev subsidiary International Beverage USA.
•Berentzen Gruppe AG has named 20-year industry veteran Scott Campbell as president of Berentzen USA. Campbell will oversee Berentzen Apple, Cherry and Pear schnapps and the launch of new brands this year. He joins from the U.S. arm of Whyte & Mackay and has held managerial roles at Pernod Ricard USA. Berentzen also appointed Park Street LLC to be its exclusive U.S. importer.
•Oregon’s Sokol Blosser Winery has appointed Alex Sokol Blosser—son of co-founders Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser—to the role of winemaker. He replaces Russ Rosner, who recently retired. Specializing in white, red and sparkling wines from Oregon’s Dundee Hills appellation, Sokol Blosser Winery is marketed by Terlato Wines International.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.