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News Briefs for April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

•DeKuyper Cordials and Liqueurs is launching DeKuyper Classic Ol’ Fashion. The 30 proof liqueur is intended to streamline the process of mixing an Old Fashioned into two steps by containing a range of flavors including citrus, bitterness, and bakery spices—the only additional ingredient required to complete the flavor profile is Bourbon. Available now nationwide for a suggested retail price of $13 a 750-ml., it’s also available online through Drizly and Reserve Bar. DeKuyper is part of the Beam Suntory portfolio in the U.S.

•Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey has launched in the U.S. The 40% abv label contains a blend of 46% malt and 54% grain whiskies, all sourced from Great Northern Distillery in County Louth, Ireland. Grace O’Malley was elaborated by master blender Paul Caris, who blended whiskies aged from three to 10 years and matured the final blend in a range of barrels including ex-Bourbon, ex-rum, and French oak. The brand, named for the 16th century Irish pirate and family matriarch, is handled by MHW in the U.S. market.

•Vinexpo has announced a new slate of dates for its 2020 and 2021 events, moving its Hong Kong show from July 2020 to February 2021 “due to border closures and health hazards caused by Covid-19.” Vinexpo’s 2020-2021 tour will now run as follows: Shanghai, October 21-23, 2020; Paris, February 15-17, 2021; Hong Kong, February 23-25, 2021; New York, early March 2021; Bordeaux, June 2021; and Shanghai, October 2021. Vinexpo will provide targeted offers enabling clients to maximize resources. “Our customers will be looking for greater sales efficacy in the second half of 2020 and in 2021. Supporting them through complementary solutions with optimized participation costs is more than ever our priority,” said Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse.

•Corby Wine and Spirits, the Canadian subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, has announced that Nicolas Krantz will take over as CEO following Patrick O’Driscoll’s retirement on June 30. Krantz will also become a Corby director. He joins Corby from Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Spain, where has been serving as CEO. O’Driscoll is retiring after ten years leading Corby. During his tenure, he expanded the company’s spirits portfolio and helped build its wine business.

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