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News Briefs for May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

•New York-based importer Palm Bay International has launched the Accademia Prosecco Rainbow Collection in the U.S. The wine is made by Bottega SpA at the family-owned company’s winery in Treviso, Italy, and celebrates Venice’s history of glassmaking and innovation. The wines are packaged in six different colored bottles—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple—and are available in a 6-pack or individually. Accademia Prosecco Rainbow Collection is rolling out now across the U.S. for $106 a 6-pack and $18 a 750-ml.

•Wild Turkey has introduced Master’s Keep Bottled-in-Bond, a new limited edition offering. The 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey was aged in Wild Turkey’s Camp Nelson rickhouses and bottled at 50% abv. The new upscale entry is rolling out to select U.S. retailers in a supply of 14,400 750-ml. bottles (1,200 cases), retailing at $175 apiece. Wild Turkey is part of the Campari America portfolio.

•Breakthru Beverage has named Melissa Calderwood as executive vice president and CFO. She succeeds Gene Luciana, a three-decade industry veteran who is now transitioning to a strategic advisory role. Calderwood was most recently senior vice president and CFO of five operational businesses at media and entertainment company iHeartMedia. She previously held multiple finance and strategy roles at Diageo, including serving as finance director for the Catalyst Division, with a portfolio of 27 brands generating $250 million in sales value.

•Clarification: In the May 11 issue, we identified Spain’s Clos Mogador as part of the Arano USA portfolio. While Arano handles Clos Mogador Com Tu, the producer’s namesake flagship Priorat wines are imported by Europvin USA.

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