Ernest Gallo, founder of E&J
Gallo Winery, has died at the age of 97. Gallo,
along with his brother Julio, created the largest family-owned wine
business in the world, which today employs more than 4,600 people and sells
products in more than 90 countries.
Fiji Water LLC, Los
Angeles, announced an on-premise distribution partnership with Young’s Market Co. based
in Orange, Calif. The partnership will expand distribution of Fiji Water in
the on-premise channel, specifically targeting luxury hotels and
restaurants in addition to bars and nightclubs.
Heineken USA, White
Plains, N.Y., was named Wal-Mart’s alcohol beverage supplier of the
year. The award, which recognizes Heineken USA’s commitment to
quality, innovation and professionalism, was presented at the
retailer’s Supplier Summit.
Lifestyle Beverages Inc.,
New York City, announced its agreement with Boening
Brothers Inc. and Oak
Beverages to distribute TrimWater in the
New York area. TrimWater will be the flagship non-alcohol beverage for the
companies, which distribute Guinness, Yeungling and Sam Adams beer in and
around New York City.
Mountain Valley Spring Co.,
Hot Springs National Park, Ark., launched its premium bottled spring and
sparkling waters in Japan. Its products will be carried by FL Japan Co. Ltd., an affiliate of
California’s FL Trading Network, which exports beverages and food to the Asian market.
Reyes Holdings LLC,
Rosemont, Ill., acquired Gate City Beverage
Distributors, Indio, Calif., which distributes
Miller, Corona, Heineken, Guinness and other brands in Southern California.
Paterno Wines International will now be known as Terlato Wines
International. The name change reflects the
leadership of the Terlato family, especially Anthony J. Terlato, who built
the luxury wine marketing company based in Lake Bluff, Ill.
Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, Fort Worth, Texas, announced all its manufacturing facilities are now certified
organic by the Organic Crop Improvement Association as well as the United
States Department of Agriculture. The private label manufacturer of coffee
and tea products has operations in Texas as well as Canada.