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News Briefs for May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014

•Sidney Frank Importing Company has been named the exclusive importer of Germany’s Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin for the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, effective immediately. A combination of 47 handpicked ingredients, Monkey 47 was first introduced in Germany by Black Forest Distillers in 2010, and has since expanded to 20 countries. Monkey 47 is 47%-abv and features floral and citrus notes with a hint of spice, according to the company. It retails at $44.99 a 375-ml. bottle.

•Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey, part of the ROK Drinks group led by Patrón Tequila co-founder John Paul DeJoria and entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has joined the portfolio of Franklin Park, Illinois-based wine and spirits importer The Marsalle Co. Under the new multi-year partnership, The Marsalle Co. will exclusively market and distribute the blended Irish whiskey brand across the U.S. market. Uisce Beatha joins Hacienda Vieja/Don Felix Tequila, James Oliver Rye Whiskey, Lark Malt Whisky and Trojka Vodka Liqueur, among other brands, in The Marsalle Co. spirits stable. ROK Drinks is a division of DeJoria and Kendrick’s consumer products and environmental technologies company ROK Stars.

•Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2014 closed today after exceeding expectations for exhibitors and attendees, the company said. The three-day trade show held in Hong Kong attracted 1,300 exhibitors, necessitating a 50% increase in exhibition space compared with years past. The first estimation of attendees to the wine and spirits convention—including importers, distributors and major purchasers—was tagged at 16,800, up 6.4% from Vinexpo’s last Asia-Pacific show in 2012. “Buyers from China slightly increased, but the most significant changes came from South East Asia with an increasing number of buyers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam,” said Vinexpo chairman Xavier de Eizaguirre.

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