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News Briefs for December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

•Patrón Spirits president and CEO Ed Brown will retire at the end of the year, following Bacardi’s full acquisition of Patrón earlier this year. During his nearly 20-year tenure with Patrón, Brown oversaw exponential growth for the company’s flagship Tequila brand, which grew from 118,000 cases in 2001 to nearly 2.5 million cases last year. Brown plans to remain engaged with the business moving forward, providing counsel on the Patrón brand and the spirits category as a whole.

•Rhum agricole Trois Rivières, from the Caribbean island of Martinique, is launching throughout the U.S. via Houston-based importer BCI. Trois Rivières’ lineup will retail from $33 to $65 and includes Trois Rivières Ambré (40% abv), Trois Rivières Cuvée du Moulin (40% abv), and Trois Rivières VSOP Réserve Spéciale (40% abv), among others. BCI is the American arm of France-based Bonneté International. The company’s portfolio also includes New Grove rum, Bache-Gabrielsen Cognac, Alkkemist gin, Calvados Coquerel, and Château Bonneté, among others.

•Industry veteran Mike Holden has been appointed chief sales and marketing officer at Napa Valley’s Groth Vineyards & Winery. Holden was most recently chief sales officer at Huneeus Vintners and prior to that held similar leadership roles at Treasury Wine Estates, Francis Ford Coppola, and Diageo, among others. Based in Oakville, Groth farms 165 acres of vineyards and produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

•Quintessential Wines has named Ronald Rosso to a new position handling strategic national account sales in the Eastern U.S. Rosso is a veteran of Gloria Ferrer and Don Sebastiani & Sons, and will report to B.J. Valencia, vice president, sales, East. Quintessential has also named Andrew Lee, formerly director of wine for NW Beverages (Click Distributing) as northwest division manager, reporting to co-owner Dennis Kreps.

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