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News Briefs for July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

•Industry veteran John Esposito has joined the board of directors of Indiana-based Oliver Winery and Vineyards. Formerly president of Bacardi USA, Moët Hennessy USA, and Stoli Group USA, Esposito will be a resource for the Oliver management team as they progress their brand to national distribution and continue to build brand equity among consumers. Oliver has products in the growing flavorful and sweet wines category and recently earned Impact “Hot Brand” honors after rising 46% to 671,000 cases in the U.S. last year.

•Southern Glazer’s has promoted Laura DePasquale to the new role of senior vice president, sales & commercial operations, Artisanal Wine Division. Reporting directly to Cindy Leonard, executive vice president and general manager, Fine Wine, DePasquale will oversee Southern Glazer’s new national artisanal wine selling division as part of its SG+ enhanced customer service, fine wine, and craft spirits strategy. She was previously vice president and general manager of the Artisanal Fine Wine Division at Southern Glazer’s Florida.

•Portuguese winery Quinta da Lixa has launched its Anjos Vinho Verde white wine in a canned format. The new addition retails at $14 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans, and is imported by New Jersey-based Grape2Glass. Quinta da Lixa’s canned Anjos Vinho Verde is present across the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Northern California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, and Louisiana markets.

•French wine brand Licence IV is adding cans to its repertoire. The company’s first canned offerings include Blanc and Rosé, retailing at $6 a 250-ml. can and $24 a 4-pack. Licence IV Rouge cans will follow next year. The Blanc and Rosé cans are now available in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Washington, and will continue to roll out in fine wine shops across the nation this year. Licence IV also sells in 1-liter bottles retailing at $22. The brand is part of the Martine’s Wines portfolio.

•Banfi has appointed Kory Kemp as executive director of national sales for the U.S. An industry veteran of nearly three decades, Kemp was most recently senior sales director at Santa Margherita USA. Based out of Austin, Texas, Kemp will be charged with strengthening on- and off-premise distribution for Banfi’s luxury portfolio and working closely with the company’s distributor partners across the country.

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