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News Briefs for July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

•Bacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons unit will release two new single malt expressions, Aberfeldy 16-year-old and Craigellachie 17-year-old, this fall. Retail pricing hasn’t been determined, the company said. Previous releases for those brands include Craigellachie 13-year-old ($55) and 23-year-old ($280), and Aberfeldy 12-year-old ($45) and 21-year-old ($195). According to Impact Databank, Aberfeldy sold about 7,000 cases in the U.S. last year, while Craigellachie was at 2,000 cases. Bacardi’s single malt portfolio also includes Royal Brackla, Glen Deveron, The Deveron and Aultmore.

•Prestige Beverage Group’s Kinky brand has extended its RTD cocktail range with the launch of Extra Kinky Red. The new 8%-abv addition features a blend of watermelon and strawberry flavors and is available in 16- and 23.5-ounce cans. Slated to roll out by Labor Day, Extra Kinky Red joins Kinky’s existing cocktail range, which includes the core Pink, Blue, Red and Gold expressions, as well as the higher-alcohol Extra Kinky Pink, Blue and Gold labels. The franchise also comprises the Kinky Liqueur lineup and Kinky vodka.

•Southern Glazer’s has appointed Richard Crossland as executive vice president, general manager of Indiana. Crossland has more than 30 years of industry experience, and has spent the past 16 years with the former Southern Wine & Spirits—most recently as executive vice president, general manager for Colorado. He’ll report to Mike McLaughlin, Southern Glazer’s central region president. While Southern and Glazer’s previously each had their own operations in Indiana, they were recently integrated upon the distributors’ merger, which was completed late last month.

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