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News Briefs for February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New York has announced a new investment in its Port Elizabeth, New Jersey facility, which will be upgraded to the latest distribution automation technology to support growing demand in the New York metro market. With the investment, the 286,000-square-foot Port Elizabeth site, which is currently being used for storage, will be able to service 2 million cases annually. The move will allow Port Elizabeth to augment Southern Glazer’s existing 350,000-square-foot distribution center in Syosset, New York, which will continue to operate as-is. Southern Glazer’s New York operation had estimated revenues of $1.5 billion last year, according to Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

•Hiro Sake has partnered with Henry Wine Group, a division of The Winebow Group, for distribution in the California market. The brand was previously handled by Western Beverages and Jalisco Trading in the Golden State. Hiro, which includes Blue ($40) and Red ($30) sakes and the recently released Hiro Gold Junmai Daiginjo sake ($100 a 720-ml.), is present in 21 states, following entry into South Carolina last fall.

•Healdsburg, California-based Share A Splash Wine Co. (formerly Cannonball Wine Co.) is gearing up to launch a new high-end Napa red called High Dive later this year. Expected to debut in August, High Dive will retail at $120 a bottle. The Cabernet-based newcomer will join Share A Splash’s existing portfolio, which includes the Cannonball and Angels & Cowboys brands from California, as well as New Zealand’s Astrolabe.

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