Wine & Spirits

Suntory Holdings to acquire Beam for $16 billion

Transaction expected to close in second quarter of 2014
January 13, 2014

Osaka, Japan-based Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam Inc. jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Suntory will acquire all outstanding shares of Beam for $83.50 a share. This translates to a total consideration of approximately $16 billion, including the assumption of Beam’s outstanding net debt. The transaction consideration represents a 25 percent premium to Beam’s closing price of $66.97 on Jan. 10, 2014; a 24 percent premium to the volume-weighted average share price during the last three months; and a multiple of more than 20 times Beam’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2013.


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Justin Timberlake becomes co-owner with Beam of new Sauza 901 tequila

Super-premium tequila leverages singer’s creativity, Sauza brand’s equity
January 9, 2014

Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam Inc.’s Sauza Tequila brand partnered with actor and pop music artist Justin Timberlake to launch Sauza 901 super-premium tequila. The new product builds off of Timberlake’s previously launched 901 Silver Tequila and incorporates the same spirit under the Sauza brand name. The co-branded partnership blends the creativity and personality of the 901 brand’s founder, Timberlake, with the quality and history of Sauza Tequila to craft a lifestyle spirits brand.


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Diageo teams with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to acquire DeLeon tequila

Joint venture follows strategic alliance on Ciroc ultra-premium vodka
January 8, 2014

Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo will expand its relationship with rap artist and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs to acquire the luxury tequila brand DeLeon.


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Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva wines

January 3, 2014

Viña Tarapacá released its line of Gran Reserva Chilean wines in the United States.


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Domestic wines dominate category on-premise

Technomic’s 2013 BarTAB Report shows growth in domestic table wines at restaurants, bars
December 17, 2013

Domestic table wines dominate the wine scene in restaurants, bars and other on-premise locations, according to Technomic's 2013 BarTAB Report.


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Brown-Forman reports strong first-half results

Jack Daniel’s brand leads growth
December 4, 2013

Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, Ky., reported financial results for the second quarter and first half of its fiscal-year 2014, which ended Oct. 31. In the second quarter, the company’s reported net sales grew by 6 percent to nearly $1.1 billion and reported operating income grew 19 percent to $311 million compared with the prior-year period. For the first six months of the year, reported net sales increased 4 percent and reported operating income increased 9 percent.


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Premium alcohol beverages boost on-premise sales

Consumers are ‘drinking less but drinking better,’ Technomic reports
December 2, 2013

Premium adult beverages are providing momentum to the on-premise channel, according to Chicago-based Technomic Inc.’s 2013 BarTAB Report. Although the channel is slowing overall as consumers control their spending, higher-priced spirits and beers are growing in restaurants and bars, Technomic reports. In 2012, the on-premise channel grew in 0.7 percent in total volume to reach 1.9 billion gallons, and sales rose 3.5 percent to $97.3 billion, it reports. However, Technomic projects there will be slight declines in volume but continued dollar growth in 2013 and 2014.


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Heaven Hill Distilleries opens $10.5 million artisanal distillery, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

Distillery tour highlights legacy of Evan Williams
November 19, 2013

Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., Louisville, Ky., opened a new $10.5 million artisanal distillery to bring tourism and a unique brand experience for Evan Williams drinkers to the area. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience opened to the public on Nov. 15. The new artisanal distillery and tourism experience is officially the eighth stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour and the first stop in Louisville.


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Campari America re-releases Wild Turkey 101 Rye in select markets

Fans call for return of rye whiskey after it disappears from shelves
November 18, 2013

Wild Turkey, a brand of San Francisco-based Campari America, is bringing back its Wild Turkey 101 Rye. After an absence from the market for approximately a year because of the unexpected high demand, the Kentucky straight rye whiskey is returning to bars in select markets this month.


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Downton Abbey Wine Collection

November 18, 2013

In anticipation of the return of the PBS series “Downton Abbey” in January, Wines That Rock launched the Downton Abbey Wine Collection.


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