The Switch Beverage Co.,
Richmond, Va., has new distribution in New York through Oak Beverages, a wholesale
distributor in the New York metro area. The Switch 100-percent carbonated
juices will be available in the five boroughs of New York City, and
Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster
Counties. Boening Brothers will distribute the drinks in Long Island.
Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine North America, Westport, Conn., has signed a First Choice Supplier
agreement with Glazer’s Distributors in Texas, Louisiana, and Indiana, where it operates as Olinger Distributing Co. Glazer’s
also will distribute the brands in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., recently toured Diageo’s Plainfield, Ill., plant and brand technical center. He is
pictured with Dave Wengerhoff, global supply senior vice president of
technical operations; Guy Smith, executive vice president of corporate
relations; Mike Bertman, director of federal and international affairs; and
Bill McDowell, global supply vice president of technical operations.
Whitestone, N.Y., has signed on with Dr
Pepper/ Seven Up Bottling Group for
distribution in the central United States, including Chicago; Minneapolis;
St. Louis, Mo.; Kansas City; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; Columbus and
Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
Mike’s Hard Lemonade announced it will move its headquarters from Denver to Seattle in
April. The company currently employs about 90 people, but says it will
increase that number when it is established in its new location.
Blavod Extreme Spirits,
Franklin, Tenn., will distribute L’Illuminata
wines in the United States. L’Illuminata wines are produced in the Langhe region of Italy by Guido Folonari.
Constellation Brands has
been named Anton Airfood Inc.’s 2004 Vendor Partner of the Year. The airport foodservice
company bestowed the award for marketing, promotional and operation
Eber Bros.-Paramount Brands has agreed to carry Starr African Rum in the New York City area.
The brand debuted in that market in October.
LVMH has merged its
three operating units in the United States to create Moet Hennessy USA. The move combines
Schieffelin and Co., Cliquot Inc. and Millennium Import LLC, and will be responsible for the commercial and marketing
services of brands such as Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky, Hennessy Cognac,
Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Krug, Belvedere and Chopin Vodkas, Newton
Vineyard and Domaine Chandon wines, among others.
The company also said it has acquired the 30 percent
of the Belvedere vodka business it did not already own.
January’s Category Focus incorrectly stated
Odwalla’s 2004 sales as $2.4 million. That figure represents sales
for a single category; Odwalla has overall sales of more than $150 million.
February’s packaging story did not contain a
photo credit for Crew Designs, which supplied the point-of-sale photos.
Beverage Industry regrets
any confusion this might have caused.