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News Briefs for June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

•Constellation Brands has tapped former Treasury Wine Estates executive Sam Glaetzer as managing director of its New Zealand operations, effective July 14. Reporting to Jay Wright, president of Constellation’s Wines & Spirits division, Glaetzer will be responsible for leading a “comprehensive growth strategy for vineyards and winery expansion as well as driving sales and marketing across New Zealand and Australia.” Glaetzer, who is replacing the retiring Joe Stanton, has spent the majority of his career with Treasury, most recently as director, New Zealand production and brands. Constellation’s New Zealand wine brands include Kim Crawford, Nobilo and Monkey Bay.

•A. Hardy USA, Ltd. has partnered with Hawaiian-based Kai Vodka LLC for distribution of the company’s six rice-based spirits in the U.S. market. The importer, sales and marketing agency will handle Kai’s portfolio, which includes Kai Vodka (40% abv), Kai Lychee, Kai Lemongrass, Kai Coconut Pandan (all 35% abv), Kai Lemongrass Ginger Shochu-Soju and Kai Young Coconut Shochu-Soju (both 24% abv). Harvested from rice from Vietnam, Kai Vodka’s line retails for about $24.99.

•New York State’s Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards has announced plans to enter 12 new markets, including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The expansion, which adds to the winery’s existing 16-market footprint, is part of Hazlitt 1852’s long-term aim to achieve nationwide distribution. Handled by Jericho, New York-based importer and marketer WineWave, Hazlitt 1852’s portfolio includes its flagship Red Cat red wine, which currently does more than 200,000 cases, as well as its White Cat, Cabin Fever and Bramble Berry wines and Cider Tree hard cider brands, among others.

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