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TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 8, 2018—Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Canada (“Southern Glazer’s”)—a division of the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—today announced that it has signed a ten year distribution agreement with Iceberg Vodka, the only national vodka brand that is 100 percent Canadian owned and operated. This is Southern Glazer’s first agreement with Iceberg Vodka and represents the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership to expand distribution of the vodka brand throughout retail and on-premise locations in Canada.

Southern Glazer’s will distribute Iceberg Vodka in nine provinces and three territories in Canada (excluding Newfoundland). The agreement was effective June 1, 2018, with the exception of Quebec, which launches October 1, 2018.

“We are delighted to be joining Southern Glazers Wines & Spirits of Canada portfolio of brands, which is a perfect fit for Iceberg Vodka,” said David Meyers, President and CEO of Iceberg Vodka. “Together, we are excited about the opportunity to continue to drive and expand the distribution and sales of Iceberg, Canada’s Vodka, with Southern Glazer’s extensive customer base.”

“When a supplier like Iceberg Vodka chooses to work with Southern Glazer’s, it reinforces the value that we bring to the Canadian marketplace,” added Doug Wieland, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canada, for Southern Glazer’s. “We look forward to leveraging our selling expertise and deep data insights to introduce this quality vodka brand to more of our retail and on-premise customers throughout Canada.”

Iceberg Vodka was conceived in 1994, on the vision of turning a limitless supply of iceberg water into a true Canadian business. We use a neutral spirit that is made from peaches and cream sweet corn, making our product naturally gluten free. The spirit is triple distilled and then blended with iceberg water, and charcoal filtered. This combination produces one of the smoothest tasting vodkas, making Iceberg Vodka the “world’s purest vodka™.” 

 
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Ten years ago, innovators and veterans of the spirits industry, James Espey and Tom Jago, debuted The Last Drop Distillers to connoisseurs and collectors around the globe. Creating a company unlike any other, James and Tom began their journey in 2008 uncovering and bottling the finest and rarest gems of the spirits & wine worlds just waiting to be discovered. With their daughters Beanie Geraedts-Espey and Rebecca Jago by their side, and at the helm of the company for the last couple of years, just last month they celebrated the last decade of exquisite liquids worthy of The Last Drop name.

The festivities ran all month long in London at their Piccadilly Arcade Pop Up Atelier where the brand was brought to life in a myriad of ways, from the launch event featuring the release of Tom’s Blend No. 1 ( a “once-in-a-lifetime” blended Scotch to honor 92-year-old co-founder Tom Jago), to exclusive tastings, a cask installation, a library of its exclusive collection from the past 10 years, cocktail parties and pairing dinners.

Designed by renowned design team Radar, the space became home to The Last Drop brand as it was brought to life in the most beautiful way.  There was even a Last Drop Distillers’ special pouring device, fondly named Penelope after Rebecca’s mother and Tom’s wife, allowing for the delivery of a perfect measure of Tom’s Blend into a glass without the touch of a human hand —indeed a true masterpiece of engineering created by Harvey & John.

For additional images from The Last Drop Atelier Pop up, please follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cqb5gwt1p0et4df/AABm5LsArsFfxPeWJPJGqdF8a?dl=0

And now, bit more on Tom’s Blend No. 1: A once-in-a-lifetime expression was created exclusively for The Last Drop’s ten-year anniversary and in honor of the company’s co-founder, Tom Jago, entitled simply Tom’s Blend No. 1.  A lifelong devotee of Blended Scotch Whisky, every night since his 20’s and even now at 92, Tom pours himself a dram of a fine Scotch blend, adds a little water and reflects on his day. To pay tribute to Tom, the majesty of Blended Scotch and ten years of exceptional spirits, The Last Drop team has created Tom’s Blend No. 1 just for this very occasion,and is not be available commercially. Tom worked alongside Scottish whisky writer and expert Charles Maclean to create the final blend and partnered with the malt master at Ian Macleod Distillers, to develop this fine and one-of-a-kind spirit.

Fast forward a decade later and after the monthlong celebration, with their daughters at the helm, and Tom and James' dream to seek out the best and the rarest spirits continues to be realized ten-fold. The Last Drop’s founding principles of “rare, fresh and delicious” remain as true today as they did in 2008, and as the company continues its journey of passion and discovery in the company’s 10th year, the father daughter team is extremely honored to continue to share the exceptional and uniquely rare with the world.

And that’s not all….later this month, the company is beginning a new journey that will change the world of American whiskies forever. Warehouse P, a refrigerated warehouse at the Buffalo Trace distillery where The Last Drop will age barrels of various American whiskies (of variying blends and styles) for the next 10 to several decades. “Warehouse P is a remarkable and exciting new chapter in The Last Drop Distillers’ journey,” said Beanie Geraedts-Espey, marketing and sales director for The Last Drop. “The first warehouse of its kind, it will enable us to see whether American whiskeys can indeed age like their Scottish counterparts."

Here’s to 10 Yrs. of giving the world the best of rare and old spirits!

 
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June 7, 2018

Kruger Products L.P., Canada's leading manufacturer of Cashmere and Purex bathroom tissue, SpongeTowel Paper Towels and Scotties facial tissue, has been named one of Corporate Knights' 2018 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. The annual ranking of corporate sustainability performance recognizes Kruger Products' long investment in environmental stewardship.

"Kruger Products announced its first sustainable development program almost a decade ago, and we have made massive strides since. It's an honour to be recognized for our leadership and ongoing commitment to sustainability in every form," said Dino Bianco, CEO, Kruger Products.

Corporate Knights evaluated 17 key performance indicators to make their decision. The indicators are comprehensive and include environmental, diversity, financial management, and clean revenue. All publicly traded companies, privately owned or Crown corporations with revenue of at least $1 Bil and evidence of sustainability reporting are considered.

In its first year on the Best 50 Corporate Citizens list, Kruger Products' has been ranked #40. In 2017, Kruger Products was named a Corporate Knights Future 40 Responsible Leader, which recognizes Canada's top small and mid-sized companies demonstrating leadership in sustainability.

"Reducing energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and improving the health and safety of our employees are our top priorities and the foundation of our Sustainability 2020 commitment," said Steven Sage, Kruger Products' Vice President, Sustainability & Innovation.

Since 2010, Kruger Products has made aggressive steps to address sustainability in a number of areas where it can make the most impact. This includes energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, transportation efficiencies and reductions in packaging materials. The company offers one of the largest portfolios of third-party certified products in North America and is the first Canadian tissue manufacturer to receive a FSC® certification. For more information, visit: http://krugerproducts.ca/sustainability.php.

 
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Minneapolis, MN. (June 5, 2018)– Drake’s Organic Spirits, a fast-growing Minneapolis-based distiller of organic rum and vodka, today announces the addition of Jason Shorrock as its new president, to expand distribution of its award-winning ultra premium organic vodka and white rum throughout the country. 

Longtime wine and spirits industry executive Jason Shorrock joins Drake’s Organic Spirits from Phillips Distilling Co., where he served as VP Sales for Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.  Shorrock also increased sales in executive positions with Justin Vineyard’s & Winery, Moet Hennessy USA (LVMH), Beringer Blass Wine Estates (Treasury) and the former Millennium Import Co. (Belvedere & Chopin Vodka). As a former entrepreneur, his varied and relevant background in production, distribution, M&A, strategic planning and start-up will serve well in driving revenue, maximizing profit and expanding the availability of Drake’s Organic Spirits to conscientious consumers nationwide. He will report directly to Drake’s founder and CEO Mark Anderson.  “Drake’s Organic Spirits’ market position in the health and wellness space is a clear winner and one that I am pleased to be a part of Mark’s vision. Consumer adoption and activation have already shown us a path for Drake’s Organic next-generation growth,” Shorrock notes. 

“We are excited to welcome Jason to the Drake’s team,” said Anderson. “Jason has a diverse background in the spirits industry and a track record of success. He is highly regarded and will bring great drive and leadership to Drake’s.”

 
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MIAMI and DALLAS, June 5, 2018—Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—announced today that it has expanded distribution agreements across its U.S. and Canada network with Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, a leading producer of world-class, nationally-acclaimed wines. With this expansion, Southern Glazer’s will now distribute Ferrari-Carano’s portfolio of wines in 34 U.S. markets, as well as all of Canada. Prior to this expansion, Southern Glazer’s distributed Ferrari-Carano wine brands in 19 U.S. markets.

“The Carano and Southern Glazer’s families have worked together since Ferrari-Carano was founded 37 years ago,” said Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Glazer’s. “It is because of the long and successful relationship between our two families that Ferrari-Carano trusts us with such a significant piece of their North American business and we take that responsibility very seriously. We look forward to building on a great foundation and helping them better execute and capture growth opportunities in all retail channels.”

“We are thrilled to be taking our partnership with Ferrari-Carano to the next level,” added Mel Dick, Senior Vice President of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and President of the Company’s Wine Division. “We share their commitment to quality, consistency, family and look forward to many more years of mutual success together.”

“Southern Glazer’s has been a trusted partner of Ferrari-Carano’s since the very beginning,” says Rhonda Carano, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari-Carano. “This expanded alignment across the U.S. and Canada will command a larger retail audience and strengthen our brand, giving us more opportunities to grow as a company. Our families have successfully worked together all these years, and we look forward to our continued relationship.”

Since its founding, Ferrari-Carano has become a leading producer of world-class, nationally-acclaimed wines, made at its Dry Creek Valley winery in Sonoma. Vintage after vintage, the wines exhibit a remarkable consistency of style and elegance. Founders Don and Rhonda Carano’s uncompromising commitment to quality and excellence is a reflection of their desire to produce memorable wines that enhance the pleasures of gracious entertaining. Don Carano passed away in 2017 and following his passing, Rhonda Carano was named of CEO of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery.

With this expanded alignment, Ferrari-Carano will have access to Southern Glazer’s unmatched National Accounts reach, covering more than 90 percent of the winery’s business. The National Accounts team is supported by a dedicated Business Intelligence Center of Excellence that provides customers and suppliers with the largest data set in the industry, including shopper marketing trends, retailer insights, and trade business intelligence.

The new markets included in this expansion are: Alaska, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as all 10 provinces and three territories in Canada. 

 

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