The International Bottled Water Association, Alexandria, Va., announced the theme of this year’s
convention will be “Everyone’s a Winner.” The
association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held in Las
Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Oct. 3-6, 2006. IBWA plans an
extensive seminar program to educate bottled water professionals about
innovative technologies, processes and industry trends. The convention also
will feature the IBWA Aqua Awards, Plant Manager of the Year Award, Route
Salesperson of the Year Award, Bottled Water Hall of Fame Award and the new
Directors’ Award. For more information, call 703/647-4601 or visit
the association’s Web site at bottledwater.org.
Ky., has completed the sale of the former Jekel Winery to S.A.M. Properties,
based in Salinas, Calif. The purchase price was not disclosed, but includes
the winery, equipment and vineyards surrounding the facility. Brown-Forman
closed the winery in 2004 and production of Jekel wines was moved to other
wineries. “The Jekel brand will continue with our full support, and
remain focused on its heritage in Monterey, where the winery was a pioneer
in recognizing the potential of this great growing region,” said
David Dearie, president of Brown-Forman Wines.
The acquired property consists of 135 acres with 122
planted, predominantly with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Brown-Forman will purchase grapes from the vineyard through the 2007
harvest, and retain rights to the Gravelstone Vineyard name.
James Edward and Cos. Inc.,
Tampa, Fla., has launched a new distributing company called Anchor Distributing LLC, to serve
as exclusive distributor of Red Bull Energy Drinks in the western Florida
region. With 45 employees, the company operates a total of 36 routes, six
of which are on-premise and the remaining are off-premise. The majority of
operations will take place in the company’s main warehouse in Tampa,
and a second branch in Fort Myers will support business functions.
agreed to an exclusive beer sponsorship with the Chicago Bulls, Chicago
Blackhawks and the United Center. The 10-year deal begins with the 2006
season and gives the company signage rights in the center as well as naming
rights to a pub in the United Center.
Starbucks has acquired Coffee Partners Hawaii, which
operates its retail stores in Hawaii, and Cafe
del Caribe, which operates its retail stores in
Puerto Rico. Starbucks had owned a 5 percent interest in each of the
companies, which now will operate as wholly owned subsidiaries. The company
says it expects the acquisitions to give it greater operational
efficiencies and accelerate expansion in both markets.
Silver Eagle Distributors,
Houston, has acquired additional rights to Anheuser-Busch and Modelo
products from M.L. Wismer. The move expands the company’s territory and will result in
an 8 percent increase in Silver Eagle’s accounts.
Moët Hennessy USA will
import Marqués de Grinon wines through an exclusive distribution
agreement. The Spanish winemaker is known for its Petit Verdot, Syrah and