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News Briefs for December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

•William Grant & Sons has released Hendrick’s Orbium, the gin label’s first line extension in the U.S. The 43.4%-abv gin is made with quinine, wormwood, and lotus blossom and was previously a U.K. exclusive. Orbium is a limited release of 5,000 cases and will be available exclusively in the on-premise in select accounts across the U.S. Hendrick’s has been leading the charge for super-premium gin, consistently posting double-digit growth and reaching 370,000 cases last year.

•California cannabis company Vertical, run by drinks industry veteran J. Smoke Wallin, has partnered with Colorado’s Kaviar to distribute high-end cannabis products to retailers in California and Arizona. Kaviar produces pre-rolled cannabis joints made with oil-infused flowers rolled in kief (a concentrated form of cannabis) as its signature product. Its portfolio also includes Moonrocks, which is a brand of infused cannabis rolled in kief and oil to create a high-THC product. Vertical will lead distribution, sales, and marketing for Kaviar in the new markets.

•Portland, Oregon-based Eastside Distilling has named Robert Manfredonia as president. Previously Eastside’s vice president of national accounts, Manfredonia’s 25-year career also includes time with Duvel Moortgat USA, Miller Brewing, and others. Eastside’s line-up includes Burnside Bourbon, West End American Whiskey, Goose Hollow Reserve, Below Deck Rums, Portland Potato Vodka, Hue-Hue Coffee Rum, and a line of fruit infused spirits. Eastside Distilling is also majority owner of Big Bottom Distilling (makers of The Ninety One Gin, Navy Strength Gin, and Delta Rye whiskey) and the Redneck Riviera Whiskey Co.

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