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News Briefs for September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

•Patrón Spirits International has partnered with Glazer’s of Canada for distribution of the company’s spirits portfolio throughout the country. Founded two years ago, Glazer’s of Canada is present in every province and earlier this year added Rémy Cointreau brands to its portfolio. Patrón has been growing steadily in international markets and last year was up 5.3% globally to about 2.2 million cases, according to Impact Databank. In addition to the Patrón Tequila and liqueur range, the company produces Ultimat vodka and Pyrat rum.

•Boutique Napa Valley producer Boyanci Wine has named Helen Keplinger as winemaker ahead of a planned expansion. Keplinger will continue to make wine under her own Keplinger Wines label, as well as for Grace Family Vineyards and Carte Blanche. As Boyanci’s winemaker, she’ll oversee a range including the brand’s flagship red blend, as well as a Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc labeled Boyanci InSpire. With the addition of two new Napa vineyards chosen by Keplinger (one on Howell Mountain and one in Oakville), Boyanci will further expand its portfolio beginning with the 2014 vintage, with new wines to be released in 2017.

•New York-based importer Henriot, Inc. has appointed industry veteran Andy Glaser as president and CEO. Most recently group president and CEO of Purity Vodka, Glaser also previously oversaw U.S. marketing for Hennessy Cognac and prior to that led the launch of Heineken Premium Light. Replacing Walter Sawitsky, Glaser will now lead U.S. efforts behind Champagne Henriot, Bouchard Père & Fils, William Fèvre, Villa Ponciago and other Henriot, Inc. brands.

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