News Briefs for January 14, 2020January 14, 2020
•Beverage alcohol delivery provider Drizly has partnered with Texas-based retailer Spec’s to significantly expand its coverage in the Lone Star State. Effective immediately, 55 Spec’s stores across Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and—in a pair of new market entries for Drizly—El Paso and Corpus Christi, will have their inventories available on the provider’s platform. Drizly is present in over 100 cities in North America, offering beer, wine, and spirits delivery in less than 60 minutes.
•Tenjaku Japanese whisky is launching in the U.S. market. Made with a mashbill of 86% corn and 14% barley, the 40% abv Tenjaku will be available nationwide for $40 a 750-ml. Tenjaku is imported by MHW Ltd. and managed by Route to Market LLC. Southern Glazer’s will distribute the brand in 33 markets, with the distribution footprint also including Fedway, Major Brands, and Empire Distributors.
•Somerset, New Jersey-based Disaronno International has added Sicily’s Florio Marsala to its portfolio. Beginning on February 1, Disaronno will take over sales and marketing from Florio’s current importer, Banfi Vintners. Initially, the new partnership will see Disaronno handle national sales for Florio Sweet & Dry Marsala Superiore ($17 a 750-ml.). The companies plan to roll out higher-end offerings, including Grecale, Targa Riserva, and Florio Fernet in the future. Disaronno International also handles its namesake Amaretto, Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur, Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro, and The Irishman and Writer’s Tears whiskies.
•Wholesale e-commerce platform LibDib has entered the Florida market in partnership with Republic National Distributing Co. The three-tier compliant web platform is now present in a total of five markets: California, Colorado, Florida, Wisconsin, and New York. Florida is the second market where LibDib is operating jointly with RNDC, joining Colorado.
•Vinexpo Holding has announced that it has entered exclusive negotiations with global event organizer Comexposium to create a new joint venture. The proposed jv would be shared 50/50 between the two groups, and would have a portfolio of 10 events: Vinexpo (Bordeaux, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and New York) and Vinexpo Explorer events from Vinexpo Holding; and Wine Paris (Vinisud/Vinovision Paris), World Wine Meetings, and World Bulk Wine Exhibition (Amsterdam and Asia) from Comexposium. The alliance is intended to “allow us to extend our influence, develop a portfolio of must-attend events, and meet the expectations of markets throughout the world,” according to Vinexpo chairman Christophe Navarre.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.