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News Briefs for March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

•On-premise beverage alcohol sales got off to a weak start over the first two months of the year, with traffic to on-premise outlets down 4.5% in January and February, according to research firm GuestSciences. On-premise wine volumes fell 5.6% over the past two months, the research group reports, while spirits slipped 4.3% and beer declined by 6.4%. The disappointing results are thought at least partly to stem from the unusually harsh weather conditions across much of the U.S. during January and February. For full-year 2013, GuestSciences said on-premise wine volume decreased by 2%, while spirits and beer were down 1.9% and 3.6% respectively.

Anchor Distilling is set to release the second edition in The Glenrothes single malt’s Extraordinary Cask Collection, Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485. Bottled in a hand-blown lad crystal decanter and housed in a leather-bound carrying case, the new expression will hit the U.S. in May A 42.9% abv whisky, Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485 will retail at around $7,000 a bottle, of which 133 were produced. The first offering in the Extraordinary Cask Collection, a 1970 Glenrothes of which 179 bottles were released, launched in September 2012 and sold out.

•Brown-Forman has named Terrence Cashaw as director of grocery channel. In his new role, Cashaw will be responsible for developing and leading Brown-Forman’s grocery channel strategy, as well as managing the group’s grocery customers, which include Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons and SuperValu. Cashaw joins Brown-Forman from Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he most recently served as director, customer development North America.

Southern Wine & Spirits has named Brad Reynolds as vice president, general manager of its North American Spirits & Wine Brokerage operation in the state of Pennsylvania, effective March 10. Reynolds, who’s spent more than a decade at Southern, was previously commercial marketing director, East Region control states, responsible for Diageo and Moët Hennessy marketing programs across nine eastern control markets. In his new role, he’ll report directly to Kirt Clemens, SVP, control states of North American Spirits & Wine Brokerage.

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