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News Briefs for January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015

•Beam Suntory has reformulated its Jim Beam Rye label, relaunching the expression as Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye. Designed to target the cocktail occasion, Pre-Prohibition Style Rye is 90-proof and offers a bolder, spicier taste profile, according to the company. The updated offering also features a new label design, intended to better communicate the brand’s “premium quality.” Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye will be available on- and off-premise nationwide this month, priced at around $23 a 750-ml. The rollout comes on the heels of several other recent Jim Beam innovations, including Jim Beam Kentucky Fire, Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask and Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection.

•California’s Foley Family Wines has partnered with Italian vintner Mario Piccini to add the Piccini wine range to its portfolio. Established in 1882 in Italy’s Chianti region, the Piccini family’s holdings have since grown to include five different estates and span nearly 1,000 acres throughout Italy. Foley Family Wines will market and distribute the winery’s flagship Piccini Chianti Orange Label, as well as its Memoro range, which includes red, white and rose expressions. The Piccini stable marks Foley Family Wines’ foray into the Italian wine segment, joining its existing collection of California, Washington and New Zealand offerings. Established by Bill Foley in 1996, Foley Family Wines sold around 1.6 million cases in 2014, with the group expected to near the 2-million-case mark this year.

•Treasury Wine Estates has named Bob Spooner chief supply officer, effective February 2, replacing Stuart McNab, a nearly 20-year company veteran who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Spooner was most recently CEO of Hovis Ltd., a $1-billion privately-owned joint venture bread business, and prior to that was group supply chain director for Premier Foods Plc.

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