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News Briefs for February 4, 2021

February 4, 2021

•The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Roots Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to securing a pathway for the Black, Indigenous, and LatinX community into the wine business. In the fall of 2020, 17 scholarships were awarded within the group’s “Rooted in Education” and “Stay Rooted in Education” programs sponsored by Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation. The “Rooted in Education” scholarship focuses on wine certification courses, while the “Stay Rooted in Education” scholarship focuses on college tuition support for winemakers and those in the wine business.

•West Cork Distillers is introducing a limited release Stout Cask finished blended Irish whiskey into the U.S. market. The bottling is a 75/25 blend of grain and malt Irish whiskey aged in first fill Bourbon casks for four years. The malt and grain components are then blended and aged for an additional 6 months in casks that had held Ireland’s Blacks of Kinsale Stout. West Cork’s new Stout Cask finished whiskey retails at $32 a 750-ml. and is imported by M.S. Walker.

•The Fladgate Partnership is debuting Taylor Fladgate 1961 Single Harvest Port. The 60-year-old vintage Port is at 20% abv, retails at $395 a bottle, and is rolling out across the U.S. in very small quantities. The Fladgate Partnership’s brands, which also include Fonseca and Croft, are handled by Kobrand in the U.S.

•Pottsville, Pennsylvania-based D.G. Yuengling & Son is releasing Yuengling Raging Eagle Mango Beer. The new pilsner is at 6% abv and is initially launching in single 24-ounce cans available at convenience stores across Yuengling’s 22-state footprint. They will be priced around $3 a can, while other packaging formats are slated to launch later this spring. Raging Eagle joins other recent innovation plays from Yuengling such as Golden Pilsner, Hershey’s Chocolate Porter, and light beer Flight by Yuengling.

•Chicago-based cocktail and premium mixer company Zing Zang has promoted Steve Crites to senior vice president of sales. The group has also appointed E.G. Fishburne as vice president of marketing. He previously held senior marketing roles at Whole Earth Brands, PepsiCo, and Kraft Foods. Meanwhile, Anne Kanne has assumed the role of vice president of operations and analytics, and Dave Lund has been promoted to vice president of national accounts. Lund and Kanne are Diageo veterans. Zing Zang sells 2 million cases of premium mixers annually and recently launched a range of spirits-based premixed canned cocktails.

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