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News Briefs for February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

•MGP Ingredients CEO Gus Griffin will retire at the company’s annual stockholder meeting on May 21, the company announced. Griffin became CEO in 2014 and helped drive a new long-term strategic plan that boosted MGP’s business, notably by serving as a major supplier to the American whiskey boom. His retirement announcement follows the expectations of the fixed term agreed upon in 2017. Before MGP, Griffin held, among other roles, executive vice president of marketing for Next Level Spirits, and spent 24 years with Brown-Forman, culminating as senior vice president, global managing director of Jack Daniel’s. Griffin will be replaced by MGP board member David Colo, who has been president and CEO of organic food company SunOpta and COO of Diamond Foods.

•Spain took the world wine stage last week. The first-ever Barcelona Wine Week (BWW) debuted in the lively city’s central Plaça d’Espanya, drawing exhibitors and trade professionals from Spain and around the world. The three-day fair, held February 3-5, showcased 550 wineries—the vast majority of them Spanish—from 40 appellations. Spain’s diversity was on full display, though some major producers were absent. More than 15,000 attendees took advantage of the winery stands, seminars, speakers and other exhibits. Wine Spectator has more.

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