News Briefs for March 25, 2014March 25, 2014
•A relentless winter with dangerously low temperatures has killed vine buds and wiped out a significant portion of this year’s potential wine grape crop in parts of the Finger Lakes, Ontario and Michigan. Growers are assessing the damage and hoping to coax the most fruitful growth possible out of surviving plant material in the spring. But they fear the cold may have killed some vines too. Wine Spectator has the full story here.
•Netherlands-based distiller Lucas Bols is launching what it calls the world’s first-ever “alcoholic foam” in the U.S. market. The product is packaged in 200-ml. bottles and has three different flavors: Blue Curaçao, Crème de Cassis and Amaretto. A pump at the top of the bottle puts out up to two liters of the fizzy foam. “The foams can be as easily applied in-home as in-bar with cocktails, coffees, shots and desserts,” said Bols CEO Huub van Doorne. “On hot or cold drinks, the foam will hold for a minimum of 15 minutes.” The suggested retail price is $17.99 a bottle.
•Fetzer Vineyards has promoted company veteran Cindy DeVries to the role of chief operating officer. DeVries joined Fetzer in 1993 and has held a variety of positions including director of finance and administration, manager of sourcing and inventory planning and, most recently, vice president-general manager. The Fetzer brand (which Concha y Toro acquired from Brown-Forman in 2011) has U.S. volume of roughly 1.6 million cases annually, according to Impact Databank. The company’s stable also includes the Bonterra, Sanctuary, Bel Arbor and Jekel labels.
•Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS) has named Ian Staller as executive vice president-general manager of SWS-Nevada, effective immediately. Staller has been with SWS-Nevada for 10 years, most recently as senior vice president, spirits. In his new role he’ll report directly to Larry Ruvo, senior managing director of SWS-Nevada, which had estimated revenues of $600 million last year, according to Impact Newsletter.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.