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News Briefs for July 2, 2018

July 2, 2018

•Texas supermarket chain H-E-B Grocery Co. has partnered with Austin-based on-demand delivery company Favor, which will offer delivery of H-E-B’s entire beer and wine inventory throughout the state. The new service has been launched in over 30 cities across Texas, including San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Houston. Deliveries are free and there are no order minimums now through Labor Day. H-E-B currently operates 330 stores in Texas, with the average location stocking around 1,300 wines and 750 beers.

•Boston, Massachusetts-based importer M.S. Walker has been appointed U.S. importer for Italian winemaker Il Palazzone. Effective July 1, M.S. Walker is handling Il Palazzone’s entire portfolio including its flagship Brunello, Rosso del Palazzone and Lorenzo & Isabelle labels.

•The GlenAllachie Distillery has released its first core offerings since being acquired by industry veteran Billy Walker and his partners Graham Stevenson and Tricia Savage last fall. The core GlenAllachie line consists of a cask strength 10-year-old expression (roughly $75), the flagship 12-year-old ($56), and the 18- and 25-year-old ($120 and $300). All but the cask strength are bottled at 46% abv. Pernod Ricard sold GlenAllachie and its associated brands to the Walker-led group in October of 2017.

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