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News Briefs for August 5, 2016

August 5, 2016

•Campari America’s Glen Grant single malt Scotch line is rolling out two new expressions for the U.S. market. A 12-year-old Glen Grant retail priced at $46.99 is being offered this month in New York, California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and Massachusetts and will be expanded to all states in 2017. An 18-year-old priced at $119.99 will be offered in the same states starting in October, and will also go national next year. A 16-year-old Glen Grant priced at $79.99 along with other expressions will be phased out. The two new releases have upscale packaging that features bronze and silver colors. The creator of the new whiskies is Glen Grant’s master distiller Dennis Malcolm, whose 55-year career makes him one of Scotland’s longest-serving distillers. No older versions of Glen Grant are currently planned for for the U.S. market, Campari said.

•Total Wine & More has extended its alliance with delivery provider Instacart to Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The announcement builds on the partnership between the two companies, which were already linked in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts and North Carolina. The move shortly follows Amazon Prime Now’s launch in Minnesota’s beverage alcohol delivery market through local retail partner Surdyk’s.

•Sapporo is set to launch Sapporo Premium Black, a new dark lager, in the U.S. this fall. Rolling out nationwideSeptember 1, the new offering is brewed with roasted dark malts and packaged in a 22-ounce steel can. Sapporo Premium Black marks the first new Sapporo release since 2004, joining the brand’s Premium, Premium Light and Reserve labels.

•A-B InBev has detailed an organizational shake-up that will follow its pending acquisition of rival SABMiller. Of the nine regional zone presidents reporting to CEO Carlos Brito, only one—Mauricio Leyva, responsible for the Middle Americas region headquartered in Mexico City—will come from SABMiller. A-B InBev’s North America region will remain under the purview of João Castro Neves, while Stuart MacFarlane will continue as president of the Europe zone. Among other changes, A-B InBev will close SABMiller’s hubs in Miami, Hong Kong and Beijing and add new regional headquarters in Africa, Australia and Colombia.

•Spain’s Codorníu Raventós Group has appointed Diego Pinilla as chief winemaker, overseeing 10 wineries across Spain, California and Argentina. Pinilla, who replaces Arthur O’Connor, was previously technical manager for Rioja’s Bodegas Bilbaínas. Codorníu Raventós’s portfolio includes the Bilbaínas, Legaris, Scala Dei, Raimat, Bach, Nuviana, Abdias de Poblet and Codorníu Wineries, as well as Artesa in Napa Valley and Septima in Mendoza, Argentina.

•St. Louis-based sommelier Mike Ward has created an exclusive wine brand for the Schnucks supermarket chain in Missouri called Syncopation. This month Schnucks is introducing the 2015 Syncopation Rhythmic Red Blend, made mostly from French-American hybrid grape Chambourcin (along with Norton, Vignoles and Traminette), and the 2015 Syncopation White Acoustic Blend, comprising Vignoles, Vidal Blanc and Traminette. Both wines are sourced from estate fruit grown at the Noboleis Vineyards & Winery in the Augusta AVA, 40 miles west of St. Louis. Initial production totals 300 cases, but Ward, who has worked widely at St. Louis restaurants and hotels over a 22-year career in hospitality, expects to double or triple production by next year and eventually move distribution beyond Schnucks.

•Rutherford Wine Co. has named Michael Onslager vice president of national sales and Barry Bergman vice president of operations. Onslager most recently led sales efforts in the Eastern U.S. for Accolade Wines, while Bergman was previously winemaking and operations director at Domaine Chandon.

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