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News Briefs for August 5

August 5, 2020

•Soledad, California’s Hahn Family Wines has named Thomas Duhameau as the company’s new president. Duhameau joined Hahn in 2012 as CFO and vice president and will take over as president immediately. He replaces Tony Baldini, who has led Hahn since 2013. According to the company, Baldini is leaving Hahn to pursue another opportunity. Hahn’s core Founders tier, which retails for around $14 a 750-ml., earned Impact “Hot Brand” honors after climbing 16% to 281,000 cases in the U.S. last year.

•Disaronno International has announced the Busker, a new Irish whiskey brand, featuring four releases. The line of whiskey was distilled by County Carlow’s Royal Oak Distillery and covers all four major styles of Irish whiskey: the Busker will launch with a blended whiskey, a single grain, a single malt, and a single pot still whiskey. The Busker blend will retail for around $25 and the other expressions for around $30. In January 2019, Disaronno parent company Illva Saronno took full ownership of the Royal Oak Distillery, following the dissolution of the company’s partnership with Walsh Whiskey.

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