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News Briefs for June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

•Jack Daniel’s has debuted a line of whiskey-based canned cocktails. The new lineup includes Jack & Seltzer, Jack & Cola, and Jack, Honey & Lemonade offerings, all of which are made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. While the Jack & Cola and Jack, Honey & Lemonade cocktails are each canned at 7% abv, the 97-calorie Jack & Seltzer is at a slightly lower 5% abv. The new Jack Daniel’s Canned Cocktails are available across the U.S. at a retail price of $13 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.

•Amber Beverage Group has appointed the Espiritus Group as its U.S. sales and marketing partner for herbal liqueur Riga Black Balsam. ABG made the move so that Riga Black Balsam would receive the support it needs to gain traction in the growing market for herbal liqueurs in the U.S. The 45% abv liqueur is made from a blend of 24 different herbs, roots, berries, and fruit juices. Amber Beverage Group’s portfolio also includes Moskovskaya Vodka, Rooster Rojo Tequila, Kah Tequila, and Cosmopolitan Diva. The company recently named industry veteran John Esposito to its board and appointed Pepijn Janssens as managing director for the Americas.

•Boston, Massachusetts-based Vision Wine & Spirits has expanded Dashfire ready-to-drink cocktails to retailers in Florida and South Carolina. The brand is a partnership between Vision and Minnesota’s Dashfire bitters. The line comes in 6-packs of 100-ml. cans and ranges in abv from 17% to 38%. Offerings include Bourbon Old Fashioned, Elderflower Martinez, and Lemon and Lavender Martini, among others. Beyond the two new markets, Dashfire RTDs are available in Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, Washington DC, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, and Minnesota. Vision Wine & Spirits is the national sales and import division of Martignetti Companies.

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