Pernod Ricard USA, White Plains, N.Y., has appointed
Theodore Roman vice president of sales, replacing Charles Smith,
who has become senior vice president of trade relations… Shaw Ross
International Importers, Miramar, Fla., has named Bruce Hunter to
the newly created position of senior vice president/director of
wines… James Thompson has been named president, global and North
American marketing at Diageo. Norma Suter Drew has been selected
as senior vice president of marketing for Diageo North America…
So So Def Recordings Chief Executive Officer Jermaine Dupri has
become a partner and owner of 3 Vodka Distilling Co., Chicago… Izze
Beverage Co., Boulder, Colo., has named Lance Gentry director of
marketing and Madeleine Berenson director of corporate communications…
Cory Stauder has become vice president of sales for G.K. Skaggs
Importers, Irvine, Calif… Constellation Wines, Canandaigua, N.Y.,
has selected Ken Shyvers to fill the newly created position of president and chief winemaker for Constellation
Interbrew, Femsa Break Ties
Interbrew and Femsa have agreed to demerge their U.S. and Mexican
shareholdings and reassign distribution rights for their products.
According to the agreement, Labatt Brewing Co. will sell to Femsa its 30 percent
interest in Femsa Cerveza SA de CV (CCM), a subsidiary of Femsa, for $1.2 billion.
U.S. distribution rights for CCM brands will be assigned to Wisdom Imports Sales
Co. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CCM. Upon completion of the transactions,
Interbrew will own 100 percent of Labatt USA and Femsa will own 100 percent
Labatt USA will continue to distribute the CCM brands
in the United States for four months, and Labatt USA and Beck’s North
America are expected to be merged into a single
In addition, Femsa agreed to withdraw the lawsuit
filed in March, which sought a preliminary injunction on aspects of
Interbrew’s merger with AmBev.
“We are pleased with this outcome. We have
always maintained that a negotiated resolution
was in the best interests of both parties. Interbrew is now free to build a
single, focused U.S. company with a unified distribution system. We will be
able to deliver premium brands to the United States and are now well
positioned for future strategic growth in this key market,” said
Interbrew Chief Executive Officer John Brock in a statement.
The transactions are expected to be completed in the third quarter
Coca-Cola’s Heyer resigns
Steven Heyer, president
and chief operating officer at The Coca-Cola Co., announced he will resign
from his post in a move that was widely anticipated after he was passed
over for the company’s top job in favor of incoming Chief Executive
Officer Neville Isdell.
Heyer plans to stay on for an orderly transition as Isdell succeeds
outgoing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Daft, but Isdell told Coca-Cola
employees, "Steve and I agreed that he could best realize his aspirations outside
of the company, where he plans to take advantage of the limitless opportunities
for a talented executive of his caliber."
Isdell said Heyer’s accomplishments at the company included
framing strategic priorities, focusing on marketing platforms, brands and innovation,
and advancing bottler relationships.
Pasco sells frozen business
Pasco Beverage Co., Dade
City, Fla., plans to sell its frozen concentrate business to Louis Dreyfus
Citrus Inc. The sale includes equipment, which will be moved to
Dreyfus’ Winter Garden, Fla., facility in December.
“The decision to sell was difficult,”
said Pasco Chief Executive Officer Gary Viljoen. “The frozen retail
market is declining at greater than 15 percent annually and there is
significant excess manufacturing capacity to support the market. Candidly,
our Dade City operation could meet the total manufacturing demand of both
the branded and private label segments of this market.
“We would have preferred to have our business merged or acquired
with other industry participants in order to keep our Dade City facility operating,
but our potential partners were highly skeptical that Dade City could be cost-effective
in the long run as the market continued its decline.”
Louis Dreyfus Citrus is the third-largest orange juice producer
in the world. The company owns and operates two fruit processing plants in Florida
and two fruit processing plants in Brazil. Its Winter Garden operations are
undergoing expansion and the company has indicated a need to double its production
workforce in conjunction with the expansion.
Pasco plans to transition its remaining business to its plants
in Chicago and Fontana, Calif.
Allied Domecq taps two for distribution
Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine North America, Westport, Conn.,
announced First Choice Supplier agreements with Southern Wine & Spirits of America
and Judge & Dolph for distribution in South Carolina and Illinois, respectively.
Allied Domecq has been evaluating its network with strategic distributors on
a market-by-market basis, establishing First Choice agreements with new performance-based
New luxury wine group formed
Constellation Brands; Domaines Barons de Rothschild, which owns
46 percent of the Chalone Wine Group; and the Huneeus Family have proposed a
new joint venture for luxury wines. The new company would include the assets
of the Chalone Wine Group; the Huneeus’ Quintessa winery, vineyard and brands;
and Constellation’s Franciscan Estates Oakville Vineyard. In addition, Domaines
Barons de Rothschild would develop its first wine estate in Napa Valley.
“We are changing the way business has traditionally been done
in the luxury segment, from primarily an individual company basis to a collective
partnership of some of the most respected members in the industry,” said Richard
Sands, chairman and chief executive officer at Constellation Brands. “We are
creating a new strategic platform for increasing our participation in the luxury
“The strength of the proposed joint venture will
come from the unique collection of top-quality wine acreage it will own in
the greatest North American appellations and from its strong brands,”
added Baron Eric de Rothschild, managing director of Domain Barons de
In other Constellation news, the company announced it
will open a new research and development center in Canandaigua, N.Y. The
lab will be affiliated with the company’s main Mission Bell R&D
center in Madera, Calif., and will include a tasting room, dry and wet labs
and a temperature-controlled storeroom. It will be run by Marilyn Konopka,
product development manager.
|Amount of the world’s
coffee that Americans drink, according to Packaged Facts. U.S. consumers
are the largest consumers of coffee in the world.
Percent increase in sales of beer in Norway
during the first four months of 2004, according to the Norwegian Brewers
and Soft Drinks Producers.
Percent climb Miller Lite experienced in supermarket
case sales during the 26-week period ended May 8, according to reports
in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Percent increase in annual sales of frozen
blended coffee beverages in North America, according to International
Gallon average of carbonated drinks consumed
per capita in the United States in 2000, up from the 10.8-
gallon average consumed in 1946, according to Reuters.
Number of coffeehouses in the United States,
according to Mintel International.
Number of alcohol ads on television in 2002,
according to the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth in Washington,
D.C. That’s 39 percent higher than alcohol ads appearing on
television in 2001.