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News Briefs for August 2, 2018

August 2, 2018

•Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum is launching a new shot-focused Apple Smash expression. Retailing at $16 a 750-ml., the 60 proof entry has packaging reminiscent of an apple, which emanates a tart green apple aroma when you scratch the bottle. Captain Morgan has had success with its shot-geared extensions in recent years, including Loco Nut, a coconut-flavored rum that depleted over 100,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Heaven Hill has announced the fall 2018 edition of its Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Distilled in October 2008 and bottled this year, the label meets the stringent bottled-in-bond guidelines, which require a whiskey to be the product of a single distillery from a single season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof. The latest iteration of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond is retail priced at $90 a 750-ml. It marks the second release from the brand’s new biannual, limited edition bottled-in-bond series, which launched with a spring edition in April.

•Molson Coors is partnering with Quebec-based cannabis producer Hexo on a new joint venture that will develop non-alcoholic cannabis drinks for the Canadian market. Molson Coors Canada will have a 57.5% controlling interest in the joint venture, with Hexo having the remaining ownership interest. While recreational cannabis will officially become legal in Canada on October 17, edible and beverage formats are not expected to be permitted until sometime next year. Constellation Brands is also developing cannabis drinks for the Canadian market through its minority stake in producer Canopy Growth. Southern Glazer’s is likewise gearing up to enter the market, recently agreeing to become the exclusive distributor for cannabis producer Aphria.

•California-based Francis Ford Coppola Winery has launched its Diamond Collection Pinot Noir in cans. The release marks the winery’s first foray into canned red wine, after more than a decade of canning white and rosé wines. Retail priced at $24 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans, the Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir is now available at the winery’s tasting room, as well as at select restaurants and retailers. Overall, the Diamond Collection depletes around 1 million cases in the U.S. each year.

•Spanish winery Bodegas LAN—owned by Sogrape, Portugal’s largest wine company—has expanded its U.S. distribution to include four new Midwestern markets. Long a presence on the East and West Coasts, the Rioja-based producer will now bring its full portfolio to Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Bodegas LAN’s entry range includes Crianza ($14 a 750-ml.), Reserva ($20), Gran Reserva ($25), and D-12 ($20)—a blend of 98% Tempranillo and 2% Mazuelo taken from a single tank—while a higher-end lineup features three red blends sourced entirely from the winery’s Viña Lanciano estate: LAN Edicion Limitada ($50), Viña Lanciano Reserva ($30), and Culmen Reserva ($65).

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has appointed Anthony Capparelli as general manager of the South Florida region. Capparelli has been with the company for over a decade, most recently as vice president, on-premise, for South Florida. In his new role he will report to Patrick Cassidy, the previous GM of South Florida, who was recently promoted to executive vice president and general manager for the entire state.

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