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News Briefs for July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015

•Walmart has won a skirmish in its effort to begin selling spirits in the Texas market, as U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman has allowed the retailer’s suit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to move forward. According to Law360, Pitman declined to throw out Walmart’s suit—as sought by the TABC—ruling that the retailer’s challenge to rules prohibiting public companies from selling spirits in Texas has merit. He said the TABC hasn’t adequately explained why Texas allows private and family-owned companies to sell spirits in the state while denying the same privilege to public companies.

•California’s Riboli Family Wine Estates has launched its Diama’ Prosecco range in the U.S. Produced in the northwestern region of Veneto, Italy, the Diama’ lineup is made with Glera grapes and features both an original Diama’ Prosecco DOC and a Diama’ Rosé, the latter of which also includes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. The pair are packaged in a diamond-inspired bottle and priced at $16.99-$18.99 a 750-ml. Along with Diama’, Riboli Family Wine also produces the Stella Rosa wine range, which was up 21.7% to 840,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

 

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