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News Briefs for August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015

•Campari America has signed a new distribution deal with Southern Wine & Spirits spanning a total of 23 markets, including six newly added states. The six additions include Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Previously, Campari America’s portfolio had been handled in those states by Young’s Market Company. Campari said the new agreement may lead to further cooperation with Southern.

•The Winebow Group has added to its spirits portfolio, becoming the exclusive national importer of Kinahan’s Irish whiskey. Kinahan’s will be introduced to the U.S. with two products, a blended Irish whiskey ($40) and a 10-year-old single malt ($69). Founded in Dublin in 1779, Kinahan’s went out of business in the early 1900s and is now being revived. The brand will reside in The Winebow Group’s Craft + Estate portfolio.

•Following passage of a Kentucky bill prohibiting brewers from owning and operating distributorships, Anheuser-Busch will transfer ownership of its Kentucky wholesale operations to Texas-based Standard Sales Company, in exchange for Standard’s Colorado operations in Littleton, Pueblo and Colorado Springs. A-B also agreed to purchase Loveland, Colorado’s American Eagle Distributing for an undisclosed sum.

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