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News Briefs for March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

•Stoli Group USA is rolling out a new gluten-free vodka extension for its Stolichnaya vodka brand, in line with consumer trends toward gluten-free products. Made from 88% corn and 12% buckwheat, Stoli Gluten Free will retail for about $20 a 750-ml. The bottle features TTB-classified gluten-free messaging as well as a unique batch number and the signature of Rolands Zarinovs, who oversees Stoli vodka products. It will also be available in 50-ml. and 1-liter formats. Stoli Gluten Free will be available nationwide beginning in April.

•Italy’s Mondo del Vino is launching a new Barbera Appassimento in the U.S. under its flagship Ricossa Antica Casa brand. The new label is the first Piemonte DOC Barbera Appassimento. It retails at $26 a bottle and joins a Ricossa range imported by Touchstone Wines. Appassimento is a style more commonly associated with Valpolicella, but was approved for Barbera starting with the 2014 harvest. Mondo del Vino sells more than 4 million cases globally across its numerous brands, with the U.S. accounting for 6% of overall revenue.

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