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News Briefs for May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

•Glen Rock, New Jersey’s Opici Wines & Spirits has announced Hubert’s Favorite One True Zin, a new organic wine. The release, named for company founder Hubert Opici, is sourced from Puglia, Italy and is certified organic, non-GMO, and vegan. It comes in at 14% abv and will retail for around $12 nationwide. According to the company, 50,000 bottles have been produced for the launch. In January, Opici Wines & Spirits aligned with RNDC in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Carolina, following the distribution giant’s purchase of Opici Family Distributing of Florida.

•New York-based importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has taken on Incline Equity as a partner. Financials weren’t disclosed, but founder Neal Rosenthal noted that “Incline Equity’s powerful resources provide the additional muscle to expand our reach and to play an even more important role in the fine wine trade.” Rosenthal will continue to run day-to-day operations and portfolio development as CEO of the Mad Rose Group, the holding company for importer and distributor Rosenthal Wine Merchant New York, distributor Rosenthal Wine Merchant California, and Mad Rose Specialty Foods (a gourmet food line). Overall, Rosenthal Wine Merchant represents over 140 estates and operates in 45 U.S. states.

•Sapporo U.S.A. is launching Sapporo Pure, a new light beer. Targeting health-conscious consumers, the release is at 4% abv and contains 90 calories and 2.4g of carbs per 12-ounce slim can. Sapporo Pure will be rolling out to 17 states this month including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Sapporo was founded in 1876.

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