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News Briefs for July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

•Beverage alcohol delivery service Drizly is expanding into the Denver market. Beginning today, consumers in Denver can order wine, spirits and beer through Drizly’s smartphone app for delivery within 20-40 minutes, priced the same as at retail. The company’s entry into Denver is occurring in partnership with local retailer Argonaut Liquor and includes access to 3,000 beverage alcohol products. Denver joins Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in Drizly’s existing delivery footprint.

•Oregon’s King Estate Winery is creating a new division to house its fast-growing Acrobat Wines brand. Ed King III, the company’s CEO, said King Estate plans to up focus on Acrobat by housing it in its own facility, and designating a separate director of winemaking and sales team for the brand. Launched in 2009, Acrobat reached 100,000 cases on 26% growth in 2013, according to Impact Databank. In other company news, King Estate recently added to the responsibilities of winemaker Ben Howe, who will now also serve as vice president of operations, a newly created position. In the new role, Howe, who came to King Estate in 2007, will “play an integral part in the long-term strategic planning of King Estates’ portfolio as well as oversee day-to-day operations.”

•Fattoria di Limone has launched a premium U.S.-made limoncello in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey markets. Fattoria di Limone Limoncello Original Liqueur is made in small batches from ingredients mostly sourced from New York state and follows a classic Italian recipe. KyMar Distillers in Charlotteville, New York produces the brand in 375-ml. and 750-ml. bottles. Fattoria di Limone (“lemon farm” in Italian) is led by entrepreneurs Dawn Jacksland and Erik Christman. The company plans to expand the product line this year and next with products featuring Meyer lemons as well as a salted caramel cream-based offering.

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