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Interview, Part 1: Phillips Distilling CEO Mike Duggan

Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co. has been in transition mode over the past few years, as it looks to boost growth for its Prairie Organic vodka brand while stemming the decline of its much larger UV vodka. Last year, Prairie Organic increased 3.6% to above 100,000 cases, while UV slipped 7% to 700,000 cases, according to Impact Databank. SND associate editor Shane English recently spoke with Phillips CEO Mike Duggan to get an update on those efforts. Continue reading →

Posted in News on August 13, 2019

Phillips Distilling Launches First Bourbon, As Prairie Organic Continues To Surge

Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co. is entering the Bourbon category with the launch of its new Douglas & Todd brand. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 22, 2018

Interview: Mike Duggan, CEO Of Phillips Distilling Owner USDP

Mike Duggan came over from Diageo North America early last year to become CEO of Minneapolis-based United States Distilled Products Co. (USDP), including its subsidiary Phillips Distilling Co. Phillips had gone through five consecutive generations of Phillips family leadership, most recently with Dean Phillips, who remains chairman. Duggan has been given free rein to push the envelope in terms of new products and strategies, and to combat recent downward sales trends at Phillips. The company’s biggest brand, UV vodka, which rocketed to well over a million cases after launching in the early 2000s, has struggled lately, falling by 5.7% last year to 1.25 million cases. SND’s Lee Murphy recently interviewed Duggan at the Phillips headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.  Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 4, 2016

News Briefs for September 14, 2016

•E.&J. Gallo is extending its Apothic wine brand with a new red blend called Inferno. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 14, 2016

News Briefs for March 10, 2016

•Massachusetts-based retailer Gordon’s Fine Wine & Liquors recently opened its first Boston location. Continue reading →

Posted in News on March 11, 2016

Phillips Distilling Sees UV Turning Around, As Revel Stoke, Prairie Organic Thrive

Led by its flavor-focused UV vodka range, Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co. has faced a challenging landscape lately as U.S. consumers continue to favor brown spirits categories. Continue reading →

Posted in News on February 5, 2016