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News Briefs for December 29, 2022

December 29, 2022

•Expanding its global portfolio, Tao Group Hospitality opened a new restaurant on Dec. 6 at the Moxy Lower East Side hotel in New York City: Sake No Hana, a lively spot for contemporary Japanese cuisine. A reinvention of the original Sake No Hana in London (which closed in 2021), it joins more than 70 Tao properties, including the group’s Hakkasan restaurants and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Cathédrale at the Moxy East Village in New York. Wine Spectator has more.

•El Salvador-based premium rum brand Cihuatán has entered five new states via importer Stoller Imports. The new territories for the brand include Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and Georgia. In the U.S., Cihuatán is focusing on SKUs including its 4-year Jade, 8-year Indigo, 12-year Cinabrio, and limited edition rumss Sahumerio and Alux. All of Cihuatán’s offerings are Bourbon cask aged, and each SKU is aligned with the legend of a different Mayan god. The brand is aiming to reach a total of 20 states in the next year.

•Canadian beer brand Labatt is launching Labatt Blue Light Non-Alc Strawberry Acai. At less than 0.5% abv, the new release is targeted at Millennials and of-age Gen Z’ers, who are driving interest in non-alcoholic options and participating in trends like Dry January. The strawberry acai flavor also capitalizes on the current taste for fruitier options, both in categories like hard seltzer and in beer with the rise of East Coast-style IPAs, for instance, which often push fruit flavors to the fore. Labatt Blue Light Non-Alc Strawberry Acai is available now in 6-packs in New York and Michigan, with rollout to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Vermont planned for next year.

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