News Briefs for March 6, 2020March 6, 2020
•Bacardi-owned Cazadores has added an Añejo Cristalino to its lineup. The new entry ages for over two years in small oak barrels and is then filtered through activated charcoal and stripped of its coloring while maintaining its oak-aged profile. Retailing at $40 a 750-ml., Cazadores Añejo Cristalino is rolling out to select retailers nationally. Cazadores recently earned Impact “Hot Brand” honors after jumping 13.6% to 492,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.
•Wilson Daniels and Wilson Daniels Wholesale, part of the Underwood family’s Young’s Holdings, has appointed two new senior vice presidents. Benjy Kirschner, previously vice president of sales, is being promoted to SVP after helping drive the company to revenues of more than $50 million last year. Kevin Murphy is also being promoted to SVP from his previous role of vice president of operations. Murphy oversees both national import and wholesale operations at Wilson Daniels. Both Kirschner and Murphy joined the company in 2015 and report to president Rocco Lombardo.
•Mark Anthony Brands has expanded White Claw Hard Seltzer, adding three new flavors to the popular range. The new flavors—Tangerine, Watermelon, and Lemon—come in at 5% abv and 100 calories per 12-ounce can, and are the first expansion for the seltzer brand since Mango launched over a year ago. The new flavors are available in a 12-can variety pack alongside Mango. In addition, White Claw offers 6-packs of 12-ounce cans of Ruby Grapefruit, Natural Lime, Raspberry, Mango, and Pure (unflavored). Impact Databank estimates White Claw at 42 million (2.25-gallon) cases in 2019.
•Denver, Colorado-based Integrated Beverage Group has acquired Ransom Wine Co. & Distillery in partnership with Ransom founder Tad Seestedt. Terms were not disclosed. Located in McMinnville, Oregon, Ransom’s portfolio includes wines from the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley appellations with vintages going back to 2012. Its craft spirits production includes four whiskey expressions, three gins, and an eponymous grappa. It is the latest addition to IBG’s Oregon portfolio, which also include Duck Pond Cellars, Rascal, and Great Oregon Wine Co.
•Clarksburg, California-based Bogle Vineyards has named Paul Englert to the newly created role of vice president, marketing. Englert has nearly two decades of wine and spirits industry experience, including time as vice president of marketing with both C. Mondavi & Family and Wilson Daniels. Most recently he was director of sales and marketing at SakeOne. In his new role, he’ll lead marketing efforts on Bogle’s three brands, Bogle, Phantom, and Juggernaut.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.