Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

Gallo Acquires Orin Swift Cellars

E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) said it purchased Orin Swift Cellars. Terms weren’t disclosed. The acquisition includes the Orin Swift Cellars brand, related inventory, and control of the elegant and popular tasting room located in St. Helena.  The Napa … Continue reading

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Summit Brewing Releases an Unchained Cream Ale

Summit Brewing Co. released Zingiber Cream Ale. The 22nd beer in the limited release Unchained Series will be available on draught and in 12-ounce can six-packs the second week of June. For his latest Unchained brew, Summit brewer Christian Dixon … Continue reading

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Who & What —

Who & What — Family Coppola Hires More Marketers Francis Ford Coppola hired Jennifer Leitman as VP-Marketing.  She has worked with Scripps Networks Interactive on highly regarded brands including HGTV and DIY Network. “I’m always learning new things and developing … Continue reading

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Brown-Forman Net Jumps 56% as Fiscal 2016 Sales Ease 2%

Brown-Forman Corp. said net sales for fiscal 2016, ended April 30, were $4.011 billion, a 2% decrease from the prior fiscal year’s sales.  The company blamed foreign exchange for the sales decline, saying that without ForEx impact, the company’s sales … Continue reading

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Newsweek Names Brown-Forman ‘Greenest’ Bev/Al Company

In 2014 Brown-Forman set new, more aggressive environmental sustainability goals focused on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, sending zero waste to landfill, and increasing the efficiency of water use and wastewater discharges. The result:  The company has just been named … Continue reading

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Sokol Blosser Extends Evolution Line with Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Sokol Blosser Winery expanded its Evolution line with the launch of a fourth nationally available offering, Evolution Pinot Noir. Evolution 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (SRP: $20) is the first nationally-distributed, single-varietal wine under the Evolution label. This wine is … Continue reading

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