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News Briefs for November 10, 2020

November 10, 2020

•Toa Shuzo Co. Ltd., owner of legendary Japanese whisky brand Hanyu—which rose to fame through the Ichiro’s Malt Card Series, one of the most coveted whisky collections in the world—has announced plans to rebuild the distillery, which closed two decades ago. The company is aiming for a quick construction period and a February 2021 reopening, telling Whisky Advocate, “Hanyu distillery will be revived.” Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Breakthru Beverage has announced that Julian Burzynski will take over as East U.S. Region President, effective January 1, 2021, when current president Kevin Dunn retires. Burzynski most recently led Breakthru’s Canadian business and, prior to that, he served as chief sales officer for the company’s United division, handling Diageo and Moët Hennessy brands across the U.S. In his new role, Burzynski will oversee Breakthru’s business in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C., plus the company’s Bacchus Imports. He will report to CCO Lloyd Sobel.

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