News Briefs for August 2, 2016August 2, 2016
•Biagio Cru & Estate Wines has launched Swashbuckler Sangria, a new on-tap red sangria brand. Swashbuckler is made with a blend of traditional Spanish grape varietals, lemons, oranges and a variety of spices and herbs. The new offering is currently rolling out in 660-ounce kegs at on-premise accounts across the country. Along with Swashbuckler, Biagio Cru also handles bottled sangria label Lolailo, an Impact “Hot Brand” that was up 13% to 580,000 cases last year.
•MillerCoors is extending its Henry’s Hard Soda line with a Cherry Cola flavor. Henry’s Hard Cherry Cola (4.2% abv) is available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and 16-ounce single cans nationwide. Launched in January, the Henry’s lineup also includes Hard Ginger Ale and Hard Orange Soda. Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale was the top-performing hard ginger ale in Nielsen data for the 12 weeks ending July 2.
•Southern Glazer’s has made several leadership appointments within its Central Region markets of Colorado, Missouri and Texas. Steve Noorlun, who most recently served as vice president, general sales manager for SWS of Colorado, has been named EVP, general manager of Colorado. He replaces Richard Crossland, who recently transitioned to the role of EVP, general manager of Indiana. Concurrently, Matt Metz has been named EVP, general manager of Texas, while Randy Myers has been appointed SVP, general manager of Missouri. Both Metz and Myers come from the Glazer’s organization, formerly serving as SVP, sales and marketing for Texas and SVP in Missouri, respectively.
•Napa Valley’s Opus One Winery has named Christopher Avery vice president of national sales. Avery was most recently national sales director for Hundred Acre Group, and prior to that held the same role at Jordan Vineyard and Winery. At Opus One, Avery will lead a team of six regional sales managers.
•John Moramarco, one of the pioneer winemakers in California’s Temecula Valley, passed away last week at the age of 93, reports the local Press Enterprise. Moramarco was known for his work with Brookside and Callaway wineries and as a champion of the Temecula region. His son Jon, a longtime executive with Constellation, Winebow and Allied Domecq, is now a consultant to the industry.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.