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News Briefs for June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

•The future Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has made a number of appointments, all effective on the closing of the group’s merger, which is expected at the end of June. April Alejandro, currently Glazer’s VP, multicultural sales and marketing, will become Southern Glazer’s VP, multicultural, and David Chaplin has been named vice president of supplier and business development of the new entity. Meanwhile, Brian Kavalsky, director of supplier insights at Southern, will become VP, supplier insights, Southern Glazer’s; and Louis Zweig, Glazer’s SVP, marketing and strategy and chief of staff, will become Southern Glazer’s SVP, supplier management.

•Alcohol delivery provider Thirstie is reportedly planning to unveil a new mail-order program that will ship to 33 states. Thirstie CEO Devaraj Southworth told CNBC that the mail-order service will allow Thirstie to reach smaller communities and suburbs, while continuing to provide on-demand alcohol delivery through retail partners in its 10 existing urban markets. “The fact of the matter is that consumers don’t always demand product delivery in two hours or less, and many of them just really want to discover something exclusive and new,” Southworth said.

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