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News Briefs for June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014

•Control state spirits volume officially fell 2.6% in May, dropping the 12-month rolling growth trend to 1% from 1.4% a month earlier. However, NABCA says the sales decline was due to the fact that both Michigan and Utah reported only four weeks of sales this May compared with five weeks last year. After taking that into account, control state volume growth was 1.3%, while shelf dollars rose 4.3%. Officially, shelf dollars eked out a 0.1% gain, with the rolling 12-month growth rate at 3.8%.

•International Beverage USA’s AnCnoc single malt Scotch has launched its limited edition Peaty Collection in the U.S. Featuring bolder, smokier flavors than AnCnoc’s flagship Highland single malt, the Peaty Collection debuts this month with AnCnoc Rutter, which is peated to a PPM (parts per million) of 11, and AnCnoc Flaughter, peated to a PPM of 14.8. Both expressions are priced at $85 and feature their PPM level on their bottles. A third and final Peaty Collection entry will be released later this year. A ThaiBev subsidiary, International Beverage also owns the Old Pulteney, Balblair and Speyburn single malt Scotch brands.

•Sonoma-based V2 Wine Group has announced several key management changes across its organization. Scott Ericson, who joined V2 in 2011 as national sales manager, has been promoted to senior vice president of sales. Reporting to Ericson will be a team of newly created division vice president positions, to be filled by Tod Umbach (East), Jack Harvey (Central) and a West division head yet to be named. Umbach was previously Northeast region manager, while Harvey managed the South Central region. Meanwhile, Keith Wesselschmidt has been promoted to CFO and vice president, new business development. Wesselschmidt, who joined the company in 2012, was previously director of finance and new business.

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