Herman Merinoff, Co-chairman of the Charmer Sunbelt Group Died Last Month
at the age of 77. During his Time With the Business, he Expanded the
Company to 15 States and Washington, D.c.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Charlotte, N.C., has purchased a new beverage called Respect
from Larry Trachtenbroit’s Braintwist via its Beverages & Beyond Brands division. The
line is thought to be a non-carbonated line and joins the Cinnabon product
CCBCC previously purchased from Braintwist.
Redhook Ale Brewery,
Woodinville, Wash., celebrates its 25 anniversary this summer. To mark the
occasion, the company has launched the Barley Audible Music Festival, to be
held at its brewery in August. “The Barley Audible Music Festival is
exactly what we envisioned when we moved the brewery to Woodinville,”
said Redhook co-founder Paul Shipman in a statement. “We have come a
long way since we opened our doors 25 years ago in Ballard, when we created
an unconventional place for people tired of ordinary beer.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will give the
keynote address at the National Beer
Wholesalers Association annual convention in
Orlando, Fla., Sept. 17-20 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Since
leaving his post as mayor, Giuliani established the Giuliani Partners
consulting firm. In 2005, he became a partner in the law firm of Bracewell
Alaskan Brewing Co.,
Juneau, last month won Best Creative Team and Best Corporate Communicator
awards at the American Business Awards. The company was cited for having
authentic and highly innovative creative programs.
The International Bottled Water Association, Alexandria, Va., has opened registration for the 2006 IBWA
Convention and Trade Show on its Web site bottledwater.org. The convention
will be held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Oct. 3-6,
and will feature educational opportunities as well as innovations in the
bottled water industry.
Oak Beverages, Blauvelt,
N.Y., will distribute Ramapo Valley
Brewery’s Honey Lager and Copper Ale,
which are distinctive for their whey-free formulation, making them
consumable by individuals with Celiac’s disease. The company also has
added three flavors of Daily’s Fruit Mixers — Mojito,
Cosmopolitan and Mango Daiquiri Mixers — from American Beverage Corp. to its lineup.
Clayton Christopher, founder and chief executive
officer of Sweet Leaf Tea, Austin, Texas, was named the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur
of the Year for Central Texas. Christopher is one of 31 finalists for the
National Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Hobarama LLC, Miami, Fla.,
has teamed with with Detroit-based Intrastate
Distributors Inc. to distribute its Bawls
Guarana and Bawls Guaranexx products. The companies previously had a
bottling relationship, but will now add distribution to Intrastate’s
3,500 retail accounts.
New Jersey-based Winebow
Inc. has acquired Boston
Wine Co., Somerville, Mass. Earlier this year,
Winebow acquired Mid-State Distributors LLC, adding Connecticut to its distribution markets in New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Boston Wine
Co.’s general manager, Tom Docktor; brand manager, Skip Cribari; and
operations manager, Greg Farris are expected to continue to lead the
Massachusetts business, and the operations will continue to be run out of
the Somerville facility. Bill Friedberg, founder of Boston Wine Co., will
become a consultant to the business during the transition period following
Jackson Family Wines will
buy Murphy-Goode Estate Winery, which produces mainly red wines, including Cabernet
Sauvignon and Zinfandel, in California’s Alexander Valley.