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News Briefs for August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015

•Diageo has renewed distribution links with Charmer Sunbelt Group in a number of key markets. The agreements will see Charmer continue as exclusive distributor of Diageo’s spirits and wine brands in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, New York, South Carolina and Washington D.C. Charmer will also continue as exclusive broker for Diageo’s spirits and wine brands in the control jurisdiction of Montgomery County, Maryland.

•U.S. wine exports jumped 9% in value in the six months through June, despite only a slight volume increase of 0.3%, according to the Wine Institute. Even as the strong U.S. dollar and a port strike on the West Coast challenged the export industry during the first half of this year, U.S. shipments continued the solid progress they showed in 2014, when winery export revenues reached $1.49 billion, a nearly two-thirds increase from five years ago. 90% of U.S. wine exports emanate from California.

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