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News Briefs for July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

•As the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged restaurant revenues across the United States this past year, authorities in 35 states threw eateries a lifeline in the form of relaxed alcohol restrictions, allowing restaurants to sell wine and cocktails to go in an attempt to support the struggling industry. Now that indoor dining numbers have picked up, diners across the U.S. are seeing a mishmash of changes, from permanent legalization to total reversal. It’s leaving hospitality teams relieved and grateful in some parts of the country, and fuming and concerned in others. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Beam Suntory has relaunched Yamazaki 25 with a new blend of Japanese whiskies. The 43% abv bottling is now blended from spirits matured for 25 years or longer in American, Spanish, and Mizunara Oak casks bringing it in line with its younger siblings, the Yamazaki 12- and 18-year-old releases. Yamazaki 25 is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $2,000 a 750-ml. The relaunched Yamazaki 25 joins Hakushu, Hibiki, and Toki in Beam Suntory’s Japanese whisky portfolio.

•New York-based importer, distributor and service provider MHW Ltd is in expansion mode, having recently added brands like 818 Tequila, Zing Zang, Siponey, and Fun Wine to its portfolio. To meet the demands of organic business growth and new clients, the company has grown its team by nearly 40% this year, and expects to increase staff by another 20% by year-end. Alongside the new clients, existing MHW clients have seen their volumes increase by over 30% over the last two years, according to the company. One high-profile member of the portfolio, RumChata, recently departed after being acquired by E.&J. Gallo earlier this year.

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