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News Briefs for January 4, 2022

January 4, 2023

•This spring, Nevada-based distiller Frey Ranch will increase production capacity by 50% with the addition of two new 5,000-gallon fermenters. Last year, Frey barreled the equivalent of just under 1 million bottles of whiskey. Core expressions include Four Grain Straight Bourbon (45%, $50) and Bottled in Bond Rye (50%, $60). In addition to Nevada, Frey Ranch whiskeys are sold in California and Georgia, with Arizona and Ohio in the works. Along with sales at the distillery, Frey Ranch ships to about 30 states. Whisky Advocate has more on the up and coming Nevada distillery.

•Industry veteran Ted Roman passed away December 23 in Jupiter, Florida. Born in Connecticut in 1955, Roman served in the drinks industry with companies including Heublein (now Diageo), Pernod Ricard, William Grant & Sons, and, most recently, Q Drinks, across a decades-long career. He held top sales roles with Pernod from 1998 to 2009 and William Grant from 2008 to 2016 before joining the Q Drinks brand in 2016. He’s survived by his wife, Laura, two children, and three siblings.

•Napa Valley, California’s Cakebread Cellars has named Laura Webb as vice president of marketing and sales. Webb joins the Cakebread team with two decades of industry experience, including a decade at Brown-Forman. Most recently she spent 10 years as a consultant. During her career, Webb has worked on brands like Far Niente, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Beaulieu Vineyards, among others. Webb’s tenure at Cakebread began just before Christmas.

•San Diego-based non-alcoholic brand Drink Monday has appointed Ken Young as CEO, effective February 1. Young’s tenure at Drink Monday begins during a surge of interest in non-alcoholic beverages, with the category rising an aggregate 17.6% in October 2021 to October 2022, according to combined statistics from IRI and NielsenIQ. Young brings 15 years of experience to Drink Monday, having worked at Anchor Brewers & Distillers, Campari, Treasury Wine Estates, and Young’s Market Company. Drink Monday’s portfolio includes non-alcoholic takes on gin, whiskey, and mezcal.

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