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Interview: John Esposito On Plans For High West Distillery

With 40 years of industry experience leading such companies as Schieffelin & Somerset, Bacardi North America, Moët Hennessy USA and most recently Stoli Group USA, John Esposito joined Park City, Utah-based High West Distillery as chief commercial officer in October 2015. High West was founded in 2004 by David Perkins, and its first craft spirits hit the market in 2007 with the release of Rendezvous rye, comprised of whiskey sourced from Indiana-based MGP Ingredients. Over the last eight years, High West has released several additional labels sourced from outside distilleries while also making its own spirits, such as OMG Pure rye unaged whiskey. In late 2014, the company opened a new distillery at the Blue Sky Ranch just outside Park City, which will eventually have a 200,000-case capacity. SND’s Susannah Skiver Barton recently spoke with Esposito about his new role and the company’s future plans. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 10, 2015

John Esposito Tapped As High West Chief Commercial Officer, Ruvo Joins Board

John Esposito has joined the executive team at Utah’s High West Distillery. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 28, 2015

Exclusive: Patrick Piana Named CEO Of Stoli Group USA

Stoli Group USA has tapped drinks industry veteran Patrick Piana as its new chief executive, Shanken News Daily has learned. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 6, 2015

News Briefs for March 23, 2015

•A California federal judge has put a class action suit against Tito’s Handmade Vodka producer Fifth Generation Inc. on hold because of a technical issue, but has also rejected most of Fifth Generation’s arguments aimed at dismissing the suit, which maintains that Fifth Generation misled consumers with its “handmade” claim. Continue reading →

Posted in News on March 23, 2015