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News Briefs for June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

•Suntory Holdings is upping its commitment to sustainability, setting a new target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its entire supply chain by 2050. In a statement, the company said it “will implement renewable energy solutions, utilize next-generation infrastructure options, and work together with supply chain stakeholders to contribute to realizing a carbon-free society, while maintaining its current energy conservation initiatives.” In addition to renewable energy plans, Suntory’s sustainability project includes an emphasis on preserving water sources and reducing water usage at its plants around the globe.

•Constellation Brands has announced a $100 million push to improve diversity and advance social justice. The company will donate $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative in support of its mission to challenging racial and economic injustice in the U.S. It has also pledged to invest $100 million over 10 years in Black and minority-owned businesses to improve their representation in the beverage alcohol industry. With the company, Constellation says it will update policies and practices, providing training for employees to eliminate bias and striving for a safe and inclusive working environment. “We categorically denounce bigotry, racism, and social injustice,” said president and CEO Bill Newlands. “We stand in solidarity with the Black community and we are committed to achieving meaningful and lasting change.”

•In case you missed yesterday’s news alert, Dave McNulty has been named global chief marketing officer of Stoli Group. McNulty joined the company as vice president of marketing and communications last year. Here’s the full story.

•Miami-based Royal Dutch Distillers has partnered with Blue Ridge Spirits & Wine Marketing in the U.S. Blue Ridge will handle sales and distribution management for Royal Dutch, whose portfolio includes including ChocoVine, a cream-based wine, as well as Rutte gins and genevers, Mandarine Napoléon liqueur, Cherry Heering, Bebo Cuban Coffee Liqueur and Fiorito Limoncello. Royal Dutch, the U.S. subsidiary of Netherlands-based De Kuyper Royal Distillers, has U.S. volume exceeding 100,000 9-liter cases.

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