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News Briefs for January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

•Total Wine & More Co-owner David Trone apparently still has the political bug.

Trone, who finished second in a nine-way Democratic primary for congress in his home state of Maryland last year, recently told Bethesda Magazine that he’s exploring a run for county executive of Maryland’s Montgomery County in 2018. Trone said that he has been meeting with local officials about the race, and is also conducting polling. Last spring, Trone unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s eighth congressional district, despite far outspending his competitors. Trone spent more than $12 million of his own fortune on the race, but lost out to former Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin, who ultimately won the seat.

•Rochester, New York-based LiDestri Spirits has extended its Recipe 21 vodka brand with a cherry-flavored expression. Targeting the Millennial demographic, the cherry vodka is Recipe 21’s 11th product, joining flavors such as grape and orange, as well as vodka-based Triple Sec and Peach Schnapps. Launched in 2012, sub-premium-priced Recipe 21 says it’s projecting sales of 100,000 cases in 2017, up from 80,000 cases last year. The brand entered several new markets over the past year, including Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Florida.

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