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News Briefs for March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

•Oregon winery Domaine Serene has partnered with Winebow for distribution across New York and New Jersey. Effective immediately, Domaine Serene’s lineup of luxury Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines will be available from Winebow throughout the two states. Winebow also handles the Domaine Serene portfolio in Georgia. Dundee Hills-based Domaine Serene is known for luxury Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

•Willamette Valley Vineyards has posted a 7.2% increase in sales to $24.7 million for 2019, including out-of-state sales up 11% and in-state sales up 6%. However, income from operations declined 10.9% to $3.7 million on increased selling and administrative expenses. Founder and president Jim Bernau said earnings were hit by costs associated with the funding of two new wineries—one under construction near Dundee, Oregon and a micro-winery in Folsom, California called Willamette Wineworks—which he expects to boost the business in the coming years.

•Rochester, New York-based Geloso Beverage Group is ramping up distribution of its Mad Bean Hard Iced Coffee, which soft launched last October. The drink is a 4.5% abv coffee-flavored malt beverage made with Arabica coffee beans and coming in mocha and vanilla flavors. It contains approximately 30 mg. of caffeine a 12-ounce can—around one-third the amount found in a typical cup of coffee. Sold in 4-packs ($8) or individual 24-ounce cans ($2.50), it will expand to 18 markets mostly along the eastern seaboard and in the Midwest but also including California and Idaho. Geloso’s portfolio includes Clubtails, Johny Bootlegger, and Pepito.

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