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News Briefs for December 3, 2019

December 3, 2019

•Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) says it’s making strides toward fully resolving the software issues that have snarled its deliveries in the Michigan market recently. “This week we expect to have on-time delivery for about half the state, and be only one day behind normal delivery schedules for the rest of our customers,” stated RNDC region president Joe Gigliotti. “Plans now call for on-time delivery the week of Monday, December 9.” Gigliotti added that retailers looking for expected delivery dates can find them at liquorstatus.com. RNDC recently opened a new $80 million facility in Livonia, Michigan, which has seen software issues cause delays in deliveries in the state as it gets up to speed. In the long run, Gigliotti says, the new facility will only enhance RNDC’s performance in the Michigan market.

•Mod Sélection, the Champagne label founded by industry veteran Brent Hocking, has announced the release of two vintage Champagnes from the 2008 harvest. Mod Sélection Réserve Vintage 2008 is a blend of 10% Pinot Noir, 55% Pinot Meunier, and 35% Chardonnay, and will retail for $480. Mod Sélection’s vintage rosé is assembled from 10% Pinot Noir, 50% Pinot Meunier, and 40% Chardonnay, and is set to sell at $550. Both wines are sourced from vineyards in Champagne’s Vallée de la Marne in partnership with Maison Pierre Mignon and are on strict allocation.

•Mexcor Distributors of Florida has added a new fine wine division after acquiring Wineco Corporation’s portfolio and operation for an undisclosed sum. The new Mexcor of Florida fine wine division will allow the company to expand into the chain retail channel and the on-premise channel, according to the company. Jorge Peraza, the former CEO of Wineco, will manage the division and Wineco’s sales force will remain in place to continue to serve clients throughout Florida. This acquisition will bring brands like Adegas Castro Brey, Enotec, and Puerto Viejo wines, among others, into the Mexcor fold in the Sunshine State.

•Western Spirits has named Mike Glennon as vice president of sales, ready-to-drink beverages. Glennon was previously national sales manager for Atomic Brands, known for the Monaco cocktail label. In his new role, he’ll lead efforts for Western Spirits’ newly formed RTD division. The company’s spirits portfolio includes Bird Dog Whiskey, Calumet Farm Bourbon Whiskey, Sam Houston Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Twenty Grand Vodka, and Lexington Bourbon.

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