News Briefs for January 28, 2021January 28, 2021
•Southern Glazer’s Proof e-commerce platform has topped $1 billion in revenue since launching in 2019. The platform is now live across 27 states and Washington, D.C., and is serving above 100,000 customers. Southern Glazer’s has recently added new features to Proof, including enhanced search features and payment options, a customized search function to discover the best deals across the Southern Glazer’s portfolio, a streamlined reordering process, and the ability to track orders scheduled for delivery that day (the latter is currently available in select markets, with more to be added soon).
•William Grant & Sons has released Hendrick’s Gin Lunar, the second spirit in the brand’s Cabinet of Curiosity series. The 43.4% abv gin’s recipe was created by master distiller Lesley Grace and has the cucumber and rose Hendrick’s is known for plus citrus, baking spice, and floral notes. The release is rolling out now across the U.S. and will be available for a limited time for around $40 a 750-ml. In a nod to the first full moon of the year, Hendrick’s is also selling a ‘moonbathing’ kit—moongoogles, a moon blanket, and moonscreen lotion—to celebrate the release.
•Beam Suntory’s Bowmore Islay Scotch whisky has launched a new 30-year-old expression, set to be released annually. The whisky is bottled at cask strength—45.3% abv—and matured in Sherry and Bourbon casks in the distillery’s No. 1 vaults. The release will be drawn from only two casks each year and will be an extremely limited offering. Roughly 2,600 bottles of the first iteration are available globally with a U.S. suggested retail price of $2,500.
•New York-based importer and wholesaler Banville Wine Merchants has promoted Simone Luchetti to president. Luchetti was previously vice president of finance and operations. Salvatore Napolitano, previously director of sales of New York and New Jersey, has been appointed vice president of the Italian portfolio, while Gina DellaVedova has been named vice president of national sales. Finally, Mike Papaleo has been appointed vice president of sales for New York and New Jersey. Owner Lia Tolaini-Banville will continue to take an active role in producer relations, strategic marketing and business development. Banville is a national importer of fine wine, artisanal beer and craft spirits, with wholesale companies in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, and Oregon.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.