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The board of directors of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. announced the departure of President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Shirley. Shirley expressed his plans to retire after his 36-year career, the company says.
Trinchero Family Estates introduced the first new product innovation line in its Trinchero National Spirits division: Sugar Island Coconut and Spiced Rums.
Beam Inc. added a new Peach flavor to its line of Cruzan Rums.
Blue Ice Vodka, a brand of 21st Century Spirits, introduced its first flavored vodka: Blue Ice Crème Brûlée Vodka.
Hong Kong-based Vats Liquor and Constellation Brands Inc., Victor, N.Y., announced a long-term strategic agreement to jointly develop the wine brand Robert Mondavi in China. Vats Liquor and Constellation will work together to exclusively market and promote the brand. The format and the scale of this agreement are unique in the global wine industry, the companies say.
Because water is key to its production processes, Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. has set new goals through its “Good Spirited” global sustainability program in order to become more ecologically responsible for the production of its flagship brand, Bacardi Rum, it says.
Black Stallion Estate Winery, part of DFV Wines, introduced its 2012 Black Stallion Los Carneros Pinot Noir.
In line with the growing popularity of Irish and flavored whiskeys, Pernod Ricard USA introduced two new products that cover both trends.
Brockmans Gin expanded its distribution from Europe into the United States.
In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)
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