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News Briefs for August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

•MillerCoors is set to introduce a new line of flavored malt beverages under the Cape Line name next spring. The Cape Line will feature half the sugar and calories of other leading malt beverages. The company labels Cape Line “sessionable,” suggesting that its abv will run at 5% or less. Earlier this year, MillerCoors launched another new brand, Two Hats—a fruit-flavored light beer that has proved short-lived, as it’s being withdrawn from the market. Flavored malt sales have easily outdistanced beer sales recently, with volume rising at double digits this summer, according to Nielsen.

•The Northman, a cider pub launched in 2016 on Chicago’s north side, is expanding to a second location along the Chicago Riverwalk, near Lake Michigan. It’s called Northman Beer & Cider Garden, and will offer seating for 500 and 15 taps for draft cider, with dozens of cider labels also available in bottles and cans.

•California baijiu importer CNS Imports has added Jian Nan Chun baijiu to its portfolio. The 52% abv spirit is made with five different grains sourced from western Sichuan—including sorghum, rice, glutinous rice, wheat, and corn—and distilled at one of China’s oldest distilleries. Retail priced at $44 a 375-ml., Jian Nan Chun is now available across the West Coast and in New York. In China, baijiu is the dominant spirits category by far, accounting for more than 1.3 billion 9-liter cases each year.

•Brooklyn, New York-based Kelvin Slush Co. has released its latest frozen cocktail concentrate, Frosé Blanc. The mix, made with organic flavors like guava, passion fruit, and citrus, is served frozen with four bottles of white wine, 0.5 liters of vodka, and 1.5 gallons of water added in. Kelvin is available for bars and restaurants in the U.S. through US Foods, Sysco, Baldor Foods, Shamrock Foods, Spec’s, Vin Sauvage, Julius Silvert, and Southern Glazers of Florida.

•Connecticut-based wine importer David Milligan Selections (DMS) has named Alexander Milligan as president of the company. He replaces his father, David Milligan, who founded the company in 1995 and will continue in the role of founder and advisor. Alexander Milligan has been with the company for 12 years, working in sales, marketing and administrative operations. DMS is present in 30 markets across the U.S., handling a total of 16 French wineries. Labels include Domaine Houchart, Fournier Père et Fils, Domaine du Vieux Lazaret, Château du Trignon, Château de Pizay, Chateau Vitallis, Lucie Dutron, Château L’Orangerie, Château Labadie, Château de Lescours , La Berriére, J.L. Denois Bastion de la Cite, and Glacé Rosé.

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