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News Briefs for October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

•Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has launched eRNDC Mobile, extending its e-commerce platform to a new format. The latest offering from RNDC’s partnership with online distributor LibDib, eRNDC Mobile includes 24/7 customer ordering capabilities, account and invoice information, delivery tracking, sales rep recommendations, and other features. The eRNDC app is available in the iOS store for customers in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Customers in Oklahoma and Kentucky will have access by the end of 2020, with additional states going live next year.

•Diageo North America is offering paid time off to employees to take the time required to vote in federal elections, whether it be early voting or day-of voting. The company has also designated Election Day as a “no meetings day” so employees can have maximum flexibility to vote, and is making a concerted effort to educate employees about registration deadlines, early voting, and the importance of making their voices heard, the company noted in a statement to SND. Pernod Ricard USA recently announced it will close its offices and adjust schedules for manufacturing facilities on Election Day, November 3, to allow all employees time off to vote.

•William Grant & Sons has announced the latest release in the Balvenie Tun 1509 series, Batch 7. The 52.4% abv whisky is assembled from 21 casks—10 refill Sherry butts, 4 refill barrels, and 7 Sherry hogsheads—that were blended and left to marry for three months before bottling. Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 7 is now rolling out across the U.S. for around $410 a 750-ml. The Balvenie is the fifth-largest single malt Scotch brand both in the U.S. and globally, at 117,000 and 405,000 cases, respectively, according to Impact Databank.

•Robert Hall Winery has appointed Caine Thompson as managing director. He spent the past three years as president of Rabble Wine Co. Thompson will also join the executive leadership team at parent company O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, which acquired Paso Robles-based Robert Hall in 2016. Robert Hall has three estate vineyards in the Geneseo and Estrella Districts, totaling 136 planted acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Syrah. The brand rose 7% to 49,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Oregon’s A to Z Wineworks has named Leslie Kruempel as director of marketing. Kruempel is a 10-year food and beverage industry veteran, with her career including marketing and other leadership positions for Organic Valley, one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Known for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay, A to Z was up 5.5% to 308,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

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