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News Briefs for December 23, 2019

December 23, 2019

•Northern Rhône wine producer Delas Frères has opened a new winery in Tain-l’Hermitage on an investment of €18 million ($20m). Located on a 6,000-square meter walled property, the new winery includes production facilities, cellars, a visitor center, and a reception house for winery guests. The new facility joins Delas Frères’ existing production site in Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, which remains in operation. Delas Frères is part of the Roederer group of wineries, which also includes Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Ramos Pinto, Domaines Ott, Louis Roederer, Merry Edwards, and Roederer Estate. The brand is imported in the U.S. by Roederer subsidiary Maisons Marques & Domaines.

•Campari Group has agreed to acquire its French distributor partner, Baron Philippe de Rothschild France Distribution, for €60 million ($66m). The distribution house had sales of €145 million ($161m) last year, with Campari’s brands—including Aperol, Riccadonna, Campari, Grand Marnier, and others—representing the largest contribution to sales value and growth. The distributor also handles key wines like Mouton Rothschild and Mouton Cadet in the French market. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.

•Brockmans Gin has appointed Guy Lawrence as managing director, a newly created role. Lawrence joins from Mast-Jägermeister UK, where he was CEO. Before that he was European managing director of Russian Standard Vodka, having previously spent 16 years at Bacardi in various senior positions. At Brockmans, Lawrence, who starts January 13, will lead the company’s international expansion as it endeavors to double sales over the next five years. The move follows the October appointment of former Diageo CEO Paul Walsh to the Brockmans advisory board. Brockmans, which launched in the U.K. in 2008 and came to the U.S. in 2014, posted global sales up 26% to £10.3 million ($12.9m) last year on volume of 85,000 cases.

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