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News Briefs for August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

•Diageo has launched Brora 40-Year-Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition, one of the oldest whiskies released from the ghost distillery. The 49.2% abv whisky was made from 12 casks distilled in 1978 using heavily peated barley. The release is limited to 1,819 bottles retailing for a suggested price of £4,500 (roughly $5,400). Next year, Diageo is set to relaunch the Brora distillery after 37 years of silence.

•Total Wine & More is planning to open two more stores in the Dallas area later this year. Both located on the western side of the city, they will be situated in Irving and Cedar Hill, respectively, according to local publication Culture Map. The two new Total Wine outlets will join the chain’s existing 10 stores across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

•Delicato Family Vineyards has released the first red blend within its Noble Vines Collection brand. Made with California-sourced grapes and aged in American and French oak, Marquis Red is rolling out nationwide at a retail price of $15 a 750-ml. The new offering joins Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc wines in the Noble Vines Collection. Noble Vines was up 3.6% to 630,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has reported revenues of more than $1 billion for its fiscal year ended in June, an increase of nearly $72 million from the previous year. Retail sales at the Virginia ABC were up 7.1% last year, while sales to restaurants climbed 6.3%. The state’s seven new stores generated $8 million in sales during the fiscal year, and the agency also oversaw eight store remodels and four relocations during the year. Tito’s, the top-selling spirits brand in Virginia ABC stores, rose 26% to $42.1 million, while second-ranked Hennessy increased 6.5% to $35.3 million. Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, and Fireball round out the top five. The Virginia ABC currently operates 380 stores across the state.

•BevMo has named Matthew Champion as senior vice president and CMO. Champion, who was most recently head of marketing at Amazon Canada, will lead all aspects of marketing at BevMo, including traditional and digital marketing, in-store activation, and e-commerce. BevMo has nearly 170 stores across its three-state footprint of California, Arizona, and Washington.

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