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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><?xml-stylesheet href="http://www.blogger.com/styles/atom.css" type="text/css"?><feed xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom' xmlns:openSearch='http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearchrss/1.0/' xmlns:blogger='http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008' xmlns:georss='http://www.georss.org/georss' xmlns:gd="http://schemas.google.com/g/2005" xmlns:thr='http://purl.org/syndication/thread/1.0'><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195</id><updated>2024-02-03T10:21:34.513-08:00</updated><category term="Rum"/><category term="Alcohol"/><category term="Rum memories"/><category term="Slavery"/><category term="Trade"/><category term="drinks"/><category term="memorable cocktails"/><title type='text'>Rum Talk</title><subtitle type='html'>Random thoughts and commentary about rum and the rum industry in general from rum consultant and book author Luis Ayala.</subtitle><link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/'/><link rel='hub' href='http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/'/><link rel='next' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default?start-index=26&amp;max-results=25'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>367</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-6216269121822331790</id><published>2012-08-16T12:01:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-08-16T12:04:32.865-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Plantation 3 Stars by Cognac Ferrand Launches In September</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wjKNrWCrxhE/UC1EMBbyoEI/AAAAAAAABag/_hGSekyWns0/s1600/Plantation%2B3%2BStars%2BRum.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 127px; height: 320px;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wjKNrWCrxhE/UC1EMBbyoEI/AAAAAAAABag/_hGSekyWns0/s320/Plantation%2B3%2BStars%2BRum.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5777348870320332866&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Cognac Ferrand’s Plantation rum franchise is launching its first white rum, Plantation 3 Stars, in the U.S. this September. Named for three of the Caribbean’s rum producing islands—Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica—Plantation 3 Stars is a blend of three-year-old, carbon-filtered rum from Trinidad, un-aged rums from both Barbados and Jamaica and a 12-year-old Jamaican rum. The 41.2%-abv offering will roll out nationwide, priced at around $24.99 a 1-liter bottle. Last year, Cognac Ferrand reported a U.S. sales volume of 70,000 cases across its Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Cerbois Armagnac, Mathilde liqueurs, Plantation rum, Daron Calvados and Citadelle gin brands.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/6216269121822331790/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=6216269121822331790' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6216269121822331790'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6216269121822331790'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/08/plantation-3-stars-by-cognac-ferrand.html' title='Plantation 3 Stars by Cognac Ferrand Launches In September'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wjKNrWCrxhE/UC1EMBbyoEI/AAAAAAAABag/_hGSekyWns0/s72-c/Plantation%2B3%2BStars%2BRum.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-4409733931856685855</id><published>2012-07-10T10:39:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-07-10T10:43:07.947-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Seasons 52 Partners With Enrique Iglesias&#39;s Atlantico Rum To Debut Two New Signature Cocktails</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zHezN-i4tY8/T_xpi5ctcYI/AAAAAAAABaI/UeX0h1nr2tQ/s1600/Seasons%2B52%2BLogo.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 202px; height: 80px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zHezN-i4tY8/T_xpi5ctcYI/AAAAAAAABaI/UeX0h1nr2tQ/s320/Seasons%2B52%2BLogo.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5763597671385100674&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(News brief by Shanken News Daily)  Darden Restaurants-owned Seasons 52 has partnered with music star Enrique Iglesias’s Atlantico rum to debut two new signature cocktails. Throughout the summer, Seasons 52 will offer the Watermelon Refresher using Atlantico Platino, watermelon and agave nectar; and the Strawberry Lemon Euphoria with Atlantico Reserva, fresh strawberries, lemon juice, lemon wedges and mint. Atlantico is a Dominican rum selling for around $35 a bottle. Iglesias became a partner in the brand with founders Brandon Lieb and Aleco Azqueta last fall. Seasons 52 currently operates 23 restaurants in 13 states across the country, with additional restaurants opening in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, California, and Dallas, Texas, this fall.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/4409733931856685855/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=4409733931856685855' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/4409733931856685855'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/4409733931856685855'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/07/seasons-52-partners-with-enrique.html' title='Seasons 52 Partners With Enrique Iglesias&#39;s Atlantico Rum To Debut Two New Signature Cocktails'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zHezN-i4tY8/T_xpi5ctcYI/AAAAAAAABaI/UeX0h1nr2tQ/s72-c/Seasons%2B52%2BLogo.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-251086342227259873</id><published>2012-07-09T14:10:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-07-09T14:18:47.965-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Louisiana Spirits Expects To Be Up And Running By This Fall</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sGu3SW-aoW8/T_tKnXtxahI/AAAAAAAABZ8/Yg8pGkH11_k/s1600/Louisiana%2BSpirits%2BLogo.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 182px; height: 65px;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sGu3SW-aoW8/T_tKnXtxahI/AAAAAAAABZ8/Yg8pGkH11_k/s320/Louisiana%2BSpirits%2BLogo.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5763282188392032786&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Craft distiller Louisiana Spirits expects to have its new rum distillery up and running by this fall, with rum expected to be available by year-end, according to local press reports. Construction on the company’s $5 million distillery, located in Lacassine in southern Louisiana, began last fall. The site will also include a 12,000-square-foot warehouse and 6,000-square-foot tasting room and visitors center. Initially, Louisiana Spirits will use local sugar and molasses to produce about 200 gallons a day of light and spiced rums, with more products to follow. Company president Trey Litel formerly worked in sales and marketing at Bacardi USA.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/251086342227259873/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=251086342227259873' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/251086342227259873'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/251086342227259873'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/07/louisiana-spirits-expects-to-be-up-and.html' title='Louisiana Spirits Expects To Be Up And Running By This Fall'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sGu3SW-aoW8/T_tKnXtxahI/AAAAAAAABZ8/Yg8pGkH11_k/s72-c/Louisiana%2BSpirits%2BLogo.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-4749725763483935227</id><published>2012-07-09T14:02:00.003-07:00</published><updated>2012-07-09T14:04:13.767-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Serrallés USA and Death’s Door Spirits Unveil a New 25,000-Square-foot Craft Distillery in Middleton, Wisconsin</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Serrallés USA and Death’s Door Spirits have unveiled a new 25,000-square-foot craft distillery in Middleton, Wisconsin. Featuring a 2,000-liter still and six 3,100-gallon fermentation tanks, the state-of-the-art facility will bring Death’s Door’s capacity to 200,000 six-bottle cases. Founded in 2005 on Wisconsin’s Washington Island, Death’s Door inked a long-term, national U.S. distribution and marketing agreement with Serrallés USA—the U.S. unit of Puerto Rico’s Destilería Serrallés—last year. The craft distiller’s portfolio includes its flagship Death’s Door gin, as well as a vodka and white whiskey, all priced between $29.99-$34.99 a bottle. According to Serrallés USA, Death’s Door sold a total of around 16,300 six-bottle cases last year.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/4749725763483935227/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=4749725763483935227' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/4749725763483935227'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/4749725763483935227'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/07/serralles-usa-and-deaths-door-spirits.html' title='Serrallés USA and Death’s Door Spirits Unveil a New 25,000-Square-foot Craft Distillery in Middleton, Wisconsin'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-2708315167838621411</id><published>2012-07-05T10:48:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-07-05T10:54:33.065-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Rum Liqueur RumChata Enjoying Fast Start Through Cross-Category Appeal</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0vQ5sqL4w8A/T_XUuVICLrI/AAAAAAAABZo/bwURVeNd8V4/s1600/RumChata%2BSingle%2BImmage.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 142px; height: 320px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0vQ5sqL4w8A/T_XUuVICLrI/AAAAAAAABZo/bwURVeNd8V4/s320/RumChata%2BSingle%2BImmage.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5761745190700330674&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(by Shanken News Daily)  Rum-based cream liqueur RumChata may be a difficult brand to classify, but there’s no ambiguity about its success in the first half of 2012. In the first six months of the year, RumChata shipped more than 1 million bottles (the equivalent of roughly 83,000 cases) in the U.S. market, and its impressive growth trend—17,000 cases sold in calendar 2010 and 64,000 cases sold in 2011—suggests that it may well grow much larger in the near future.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Introduced in 2009, the 13.8%-abv RumChata is a mix of five-times distilled Caribbean rum and Wisconsin dairy cream. It’s produced and bottled by Agave Loco Brands of Pewauwee, Wisconsin, and retails for $19.95 per 750-ml.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;While relatively new offerings like RumChata are often strongly reliant on a single region and/or channel, the brand’s early success has been quite diverse. Available in 49 states, RumChata has enjoyed its fastest growth in Wisconsin, Maryland, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. Until recently, its sales were basically split 50-50 between the on-premise and off-premise channels, although the addition of new sizes and expanded distribution is now skewing the balance towards the off-premise. Recent Nielsen national scan data ranks RumChata among both the U.S. market’s leading rum and cream liqueur brands.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Straddling the rum and cream liqueur segments, RumChata has benefited from a diverse consumer base and has carved out a place in various consumption occasions. The brand’s younger consumers often drink it as a straight shot or mixed in a variety of shooters, while older consumers tend to drink it on the rocks or in their coffee.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;RumChata’s versatility has made it increasingly popular among bartenders and mixologists, Agave Loco tells Shanken News Daily, and the brand is also gaining notice via social media outlets like Facebook. A cameo appearance in a 2011 episode of HBO’s “Entourage” has also raised RumChata’s profile. On pace to add roughly 100,000 cases to its volume this year, RumChata certainly appears to be a brand to watch.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/2708315167838621411/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=2708315167838621411' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/2708315167838621411'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/2708315167838621411'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/07/rum-liqueur-rumchata-enjoying-fast.html' title='Rum Liqueur RumChata Enjoying Fast Start Through Cross-Category Appeal'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0vQ5sqL4w8A/T_XUuVICLrI/AAAAAAAABZo/bwURVeNd8V4/s72-c/RumChata%2BSingle%2BImmage.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-6682512625593976945</id><published>2012-06-28T15:35:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-28T15:39:44.358-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Diageo Launches Premixed Cocktails in Frozen Pouches</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yMg8CNbc8zk/T-zc8tlAnFI/AAAAAAAABWU/HjJKnuihigE/s1600/Parrot%2BBay%2BPina%2BColada.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 145px; height: 320px;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yMg8CNbc8zk/T-zc8tlAnFI/AAAAAAAABWU/HjJKnuihigE/s320/Parrot%2BBay%2BPina%2BColada.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5759220959085108306&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Diageo has launched new premixed cocktails in frozen pouches under the Parrot Bay and Smirnoff brand names. The new offerings are at 5% abv and retail for $1.99 a 10-ounce pouch. Parrot Bay’s frozen pouch flavors include Strawberry Daiquiri, Mango Daiquiri and Piña Colada, while Smirnoff’s line is comprised of Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry Lemonade and Cherry Limeade. Diageo suggests freezing the pouches overnight and enjoying them by squeezing into a glass the next day. One key competitor in the segment is Daily’s (American Beverage Corp.), which recently filed a federal trademark lawsuit against Diageo claiming the new Parrot Bay frozen pouches are too similar to the Daily’s design.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/6682512625593976945/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=6682512625593976945' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6682512625593976945'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6682512625593976945'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/diageo-launches-premixed-cocktails-in.html' title='Diageo Launches Premixed Cocktails in Frozen Pouches'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yMg8CNbc8zk/T-zc8tlAnFI/AAAAAAAABWU/HjJKnuihigE/s72-c/Parrot%2BBay%2BPina%2BColada.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-6116430512211629205</id><published>2012-06-22T14:09:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-22T14:17:44.131-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Focusing On Aged Rums, Appleton Estate Seeks To Expand Foothold In U.S. Market</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m-Fsy9pc8XA/T-Tg7eLHmNI/AAAAAAAABWE/EvBgkf5jUmA/s1600/Appleton%2BEstate%2BLogo.png&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 231px; height: 127px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m-Fsy9pc8XA/T-Tg7eLHmNI/AAAAAAAABWE/EvBgkf5jUmA/s320/Appleton%2BEstate%2BLogo.png&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5756973536002939090&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(by Shanken News Daily)  Appleton Estate rum is rolling out a 50-year-old variant this year in an effort to raise its profile in the U.S. market. The Jamaican rum, which joined the Kobrand portfolio in 2008 (it was previously with Brown-Forman), saw its U.S. volume grow from about 100,000 cases in 2002 to 150,000 cases in 2009, though it’s been flat since then. Owned by J. Wray &amp; Nephew, the brand’s annual global volume is 1.2 million cases.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;“The standard rum category is pretty flat in the U.S.,” says Appleton’s master blender Joy Spence. “But the premium category is growing, so we’ll continue to focus on that segment. Our aged rums—the Reserve, 12-year-old and 21-year-old—are the clear priority.”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Spence adds that Appleton’s aged offerings are matured for the minimum number of years stated on the bottle—akin to Scotch whiskies but unlike many other rum brands, some of which use an average age for their statements.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Seeking to further extend its footprint in the age-statement rum category, Appleton introduced a limited-edition 30-year-old two years ago, and this year it’s seeking to burnish its image with a limited-edition 50-year-old, which Spence says is the oldest rum on the market. The Appleton Estate 50-year-old, which is being released in honor of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, comes in a Glencairn crystal decanter and sells for $5,000 a bottle. Only 60 bottles will make their way to the U.S. (out of global production of 800 bottles), where consumers can find them through an “online white-glove concierge service.”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Appleton line also includes a V/X level ($18), which is geared toward cocktails. Spence says that while the emphasis remains on the aged rums, which are mainly meant to be sipped, Appleton’s mixology-friendly extensions are playing a key role in building the brand’s presence in the on-premise, another point of focus.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/6116430512211629205/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=6116430512211629205' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6116430512211629205'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6116430512211629205'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/focusing-on-aged-rums-appleton-estate.html' title='Focusing On Aged Rums, Appleton Estate Seeks To Expand Foothold In U.S. Market'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m-Fsy9pc8XA/T-Tg7eLHmNI/AAAAAAAABWE/EvBgkf5jUmA/s72-c/Appleton%2BEstate%2BLogo.png" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-6515377690899347217</id><published>2012-06-20T13:06:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-20T13:13:32.163-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Texas Retail Market Continues To Be Cross-Border Battleground</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fvi-wMS3PrA/T-Iuv72Jx7I/AAAAAAAABV0/EWwXvTEynj8/s1600/Lone%2BStar%2BState.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 230px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 219px; CURSOR: hand&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5756214674786469810&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fvi-wMS3PrA/T-Iuv72Jx7I/AAAAAAAABV0/EWwXvTEynj8/s320/Lone%2BStar%2BState.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(by Shanken News Daily) Competition at the Texas retail tier, once a local affair, continues to escalate into an intense statewide battle. Texas is already the biggest state for alcohol sales behind California, and unlike much of the country, it’s in economic expansion mode. State economic trends, along with population gains and liberalized alcohol laws, have enticed retailers to boost their presence dramatically.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Houston-based Spec’s was operating about 100 stores at the start of the year. By July 1, Spec’s is projected to have around 135 units, with more expected later this year. That’s nearly double the 71 stores Spec’s operated at the end of 2010.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;“Houston has always been a competitive market,” says John Rydman, owner of Spec’s, pointing to rivalries with grocery chains like Kroger, which markets wine and beer. “The only market that wasn’t particularly competitive was Dallas. It was under a bubble, but now that is changing.”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Local option elections in Dallas in recent years have transformed formerly dry areas into markets where wine and beer, at least, can be sold for off-premise consumption. Those revised selling laws have changed the Dallas retail landscape, as grocery and convenience stores have added beer and wine, while package store operators from other Texas markets—including Spec’s and San Antonio-based Gabriel’s—have entered Dallas.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Ronnie Gabriel, president of the 53-unit Gabriel’s chain, expanded into Dallas last year. “We did it to keep up with the times,” Gabriel said. “You’ve got to watch out for what the future might bring.” Gabriel’s now leases space and manages the liquor department within a newly opened Sam’s Club in Dallas.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Total Wine &amp;amp; More entered Texas in June, opening a store in Dallas, less than a mile from a newly launched Spec’s. Billed as “a new generation concept for the company,” the Total Wine store will have “the largest selection in Dallas,” Total Wine claims. Company president and co-owner David Trone recently told Shanken News Daily that Total Wine is scouting other locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, with a new location expected to open in the fall. Total Wine is looking to open stores statewide, targeting metro markets such as San Antonio.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Texas liquor store operators are now bracing for the entry of other major out-of-state players. Trader Joe’s plans four stores in the Dallas metroplex this year, including a location on Hulen Street in Fort Worth that opened June 15. A Trader Joe’s will open in Plano (Preston Road) in early September, followed by two Dallas locations (Greenville Avenue and Preston Hollow Village) in the first quarter of 2013. Trader Joe’s also opened a store in the Houston area (The Woodlands) on June 15 and plans other openings in Houston and San Antonio this year, as well as a launch in San Antonio that’s slated for 2014. All those stores will offer beer and wine.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Meanwhile, Texas continues to liberalize its selling laws. New state laws passed in 2003 and 2005 made it easier for pro-alcohol initiatives to get on the ballot in Texas, creating a surge in statewide local option elections. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, there were some 545 elections attempting to legalize beverage alcohol sales in some form between 2004 and 2011, with a success rate of 77%. During that period, only two communities have voted to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages. Recent local option elections in May saw Texas voters pass 13 ballot initiatives to allow and/or extend alcohol sales in previously dry or damp Texas cities, representing a 100% passage rate for alcohol initiatives on the ballot.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;All those changes have altered the playing field. “The wet-dry line (in Dallas) is now non-existent for beer and wine, and grocery stores have been quick to add wine,” says Eric Sorensen, owner of PK’s Fine Wine &amp;amp; Spirits, which has four locations in the Dallas market.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Austin Keith, owner of the Pinkie’s chain of package stores in western Texas, sympathizes with the likes of Sorensen. A few years ago, the city of Lubbock moved from dry to totally wet for off-premise beverage alcohol sales. With Pinkie’s stores located just outside the Lubbock line, the chain expected a big hit. Rather than stand pat, Keith opened three stores in Lubbock—a move he says has paid off.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As of May, Texas had 46 completely wet counties (allowing sales of beer, wine and spirits on-premise and off)—up from 35 in 2003—and 22 completely dry counties, where no alcohol sales are allowed. The remaining 186 are “damp”—where some alcohol sales are permitted, with limitations.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/6515377690899347217/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=6515377690899347217' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6515377690899347217'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6515377690899347217'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-retail-market-continues-to-be.html' title='Texas Retail Market Continues To Be Cross-Border Battleground'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fvi-wMS3PrA/T-Iuv72Jx7I/AAAAAAAABV0/EWwXvTEynj8/s72-c/Lone%2BStar%2BState.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-6019980224778127886</id><published>2012-06-19T13:56:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-19T13:57:23.919-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Bacardi To Take Havana Club National</title><content type='html'>(by Shanken News Daily)  Following a recent victory in its U.S. legal battle over the Havana Club rum trademark with Pernod Ricard, Bacardi is gearing up to expand its version of the rum brand into national distribution. The Huffington Post quoted a Bacardi spokesperson as saying the national rollout of Havana Club will come “in the near future.” Bacardi told Shanken News Daily this morning it was too early to provide more specifics on the launch.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On May 14, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Pernod regarding its efforts to renew its Havana Club trademark in the U.S. Following that decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office now might cancel the trademark in question—thus paving the way for Bacardi to expand the footprint of its own Havana Club rum beyond the southern Florida market, where it’s currently sold in small quantities. Pernod responded to the Supreme Court’s demurral by registering a new trademark of its own, Havanista, under which it will market a Cuban rum in the U.S. if and when the government lifts its current embargo against Cuban products.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/6019980224778127886/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=6019980224778127886' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6019980224778127886'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/6019980224778127886'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/bacardi-to-take-havana-club-national.html' title='Bacardi To Take Havana Club National'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-7874586061721329759</id><published>2012-06-19T13:48:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-19T13:50:00.379-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Bacardi Adds Two New Flavors: Wolf Berry and Black Razz</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily on 06/02/2012)  Bacardi rum is rolling out two flavor extensions—Wolf Berry, a blend of blueberry and wolf (or goji) berry, and Black Razz, a mix of raspberry and black sapote. Both will be priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. Along with the new products, Bacardi is also releasing new packaging, including temperature- and light-activated bottles. When chilled, the Wolf Berry bottle shows a red claw mark across the label and Black Razz shows a large red berry logo. Bacardi is supporting the product launch with a multimillion-dollar campaign that focuses on sampling in the on-premise and advertising in key markets.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/7874586061721329759/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=7874586061721329759' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/7874586061721329759'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/7874586061721329759'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/bacardi-adds-two-new-flavors-wolf-berry.html' title='Bacardi Adds Two New Flavors: Wolf Berry and Black Razz'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-3599088803241342478</id><published>2012-06-19T13:43:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-19T13:45:30.227-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Beam Inc. Completes Acquisition from White Rock Distilleries</title><content type='html'>(News brief by Shanken News Daily on 06/01/2012)  Beam Inc. has completed its acquisition of Pinnacle vodka and Calico Jack rum from White Rock Distilleries for $605 million. Last year, Pinnacle (an Impact Hot Brand) sold 2.7 million cases on 93% growth, and the brand has the potential to become Beam’s biggest-volume brand in the U.S. market by the end of 2012. Beam CEO Matt Shattock said the company will “substantially increase brand investment” in Pinnacle, which recently launched its first TV ads behind a $7-million 2012 ad budget under White Rock. Calico Jack rum, also an Impact Hot Brand, sold 400,000 cases on a 16% volume increase in 2011.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/3599088803241342478/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=3599088803241342478' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/3599088803241342478'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/3599088803241342478'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/beam-inc-completes-acquisition-from.html' title='Beam Inc. Completes Acquisition from White Rock Distilleries'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-3816492098540002936</id><published>2012-06-19T13:32:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-19T13:34:14.418-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Bahama Breeze Introduces “Legendary Island Cocktail” Program</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily on 05/30/2012)  Casual dining chain Bahama Breeze has introduced its “Legendary Island Cocktail” program, a premium list of eight tropically inspired drinks. Each of the cocktails are based on popular drinks originating from famous island locales, such as Cuba’s Hotel Nacional and the Parrot Club in San Juan. Program offerings include the Original Daiquiri (made with Bacardi Superior Rum), Painkiller (Pusser’s Dark Rum), Dark ’n Stormy (Gosling’s Black Seal Rum), Goombay Smash (Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and Myers’s Original Dark Rum), Batida de Coco (Leblon Cachaça), Havana Hotel Special (Bacardi Superior Rum and DeKuyper apricot brandy), Parrot Passion (Cointreau and Bacardi Limón) and Barbados Rum Punch (Mount Gay Rum).</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/3816492098540002936/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=3816492098540002936' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/3816492098540002936'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/3816492098540002936'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/bahama-breeze-introduces-legendary.html' title='Bahama Breeze Introduces “Legendary Island Cocktail” Program'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-367293311522792741</id><published>2012-06-02T14:00:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-06-02T14:00:30.995-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Beam Inc. Completes Acquisitions From White Rock Distilleries For $605 Million</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Beam Inc. has completed its acquisition of Pinnacle vodka and Calico Jack rum from White Rock Distilleries for $605 million. Last year, Pinnacle (an Impact Hot Brand) sold 2.7 million cases on 93% growth, and the brand has the potential to become Beam’s biggest-volume brand in the U.S. market by the end of 2012. Beam CEO Matt Shattock said the company will “substantially increase brand investment” in Pinnacle, which recently launched its first TV ads behind a $7-million 2012 ad budget under White Rock. Calico Jack rum, also an Impact Hot Brand, sold 400,000 cases on a 16% volume increase in 2011.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/367293311522792741/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=367293311522792741' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/367293311522792741'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/367293311522792741'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/06/beam-inc-completes-acquisitions-from.html' title='Beam Inc. Completes Acquisitions From White Rock Distilleries For $605 Million'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-1362983826839514046</id><published>2012-05-23T11:16:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-23T11:22:20.753-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Bacardi Unveils Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IiTDG863ick/T70qoIeyeaI/AAAAAAAABNs/yOBT4TdMFUg/s1600/Bacardi%2BRTD%2BCocktails%2BLight%2BLow%2BCal.png&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 144px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 105px; CURSOR: hand&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5745795568554375586&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IiTDG863ick/T70qoIeyeaI/AAAAAAAABNs/yOBT4TdMFUg/s400/Bacardi%2BRTD%2BCocktails%2BLight%2BLow%2BCal.png&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(News Brief by Shanken News Daily) Bacardi has unveiled Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light, a new range of low-calorie, RTD beverages. Made with natural flavors, juice and cane sugar, the line-up includes Piña Colada and Mojito offerings at less than 95 calories per 4-ounce serving. The Classic Cocktails Light launch will be backed by a full ad campaign—which is set to run through September—and a partnership with actress Busy Phillips. Featuring print, digital and social media components, the campaign will also include sampling events in 22 key U.S. markets. Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light will be available nationwide in 750-ml. and 1.75-liter formats, priced at $19.99 for the latter.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/1362983826839514046/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=1362983826839514046' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/1362983826839514046'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/1362983826839514046'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/bacardi-unveils-bacardi-classic.html' title='Bacardi Unveils Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IiTDG863ick/T70qoIeyeaI/AAAAAAAABNs/yOBT4TdMFUg/s72-c/Bacardi%2BRTD%2BCocktails%2BLight%2BLow%2BCal.png" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-5673756643037400415</id><published>2012-05-22T15:41:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-22T15:50:48.501-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Texas Voters Opt To Expand Liquor Sales</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dg3OFIxjPB4/T7wYMeLyqxI/AAAAAAAABNc/Wer72lEHwdY/s1600/Texas%2BShape%2Bwith%2BUS%2BFlag.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 396px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 400px; CURSOR: hand&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5745493827157928722&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dg3OFIxjPB4/T7wYMeLyqxI/AAAAAAAABNc/Wer72lEHwdY/s400/Texas%2BShape%2Bwith%2BUS%2BFlag.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;(by Shanken News Daily) Texas, the second-largest U.S. drinks market despite more than 20 dry counties within its borders, continues to liberalize its liquor sales laws in a big way. In results updated Wednesday, Texas voters passed 13 ballot initiatives to allow and/or extend alcohol sales in 11 previously dry or damp Texas cities. The vote represented a 100% passage rate for alcohol initiatives on the ballot.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The 13 ballot initiatives covered the 11 cities of Bartonville, Kyle, Muenster, Hudson Oaks, Rusk, Pantego, Mineral Wells, Heath, Knox City, Ferris and Saginaw. (Two cities, Ferris and Saginaw, each had two separate alcohol initiatives covering the on- and off-premise, bringing the total number of initiatives to 13.)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Kyle, Muenster and Hudson Oaks voted to liberalize alcohol sales in all forms. Bartonville, Rusk, Pantego and Mineral Wells voted to allow sales of all alcohol types in the off-premise only, while Heath and Knox City voted to allow beer and wine sales in the off-premise only. Ferris and Saginaw both voted to allow beer and wine sales in the off-premise and all alcohol for restaurants.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The vote means that municipalities like Knox City (population 1,200) will now be able to legally sell beer and wine for the first time since Prohibition, as well as extend all beverage alcohol sales to newly annexed areas of “wet” cities such as Cooke County’s city of Muenster.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Many Texas beverage alcohol laws are consistent statewide, but the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code allows citizens to determine what types of beverages may be sold and where. Local option elections set liquor sales policy for counties, cities and even specific precincts.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Click &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2012/05/18/3086/texas-voters-opt-to-expand-liquor-sales/&quot;&gt;HERE&lt;/a&gt; for the complete story. Please visit us at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.rumshop.net/&quot;&gt;The Rum Shop &lt;/a&gt;for all your rum-related needs, including purchasing rum on-line, rum recipes, rum tasting notes, rum event information and rum consulting services. &quot;Got Rum?&quot; Magazine is back in circulation, get your free copy &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.gotrum.com/&quot;&gt;HERE&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/5673756643037400415/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=5673756643037400415' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/5673756643037400415'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/5673756643037400415'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/texas-voters-opt-to-expand-liquor-sales.html' title='Texas Voters Opt To Expand Liquor Sales'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dg3OFIxjPB4/T7wYMeLyqxI/AAAAAAAABNc/Wer72lEHwdY/s72-c/Texas%2BShape%2Bwith%2BUS%2BFlag.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-861517857312522006</id><published>2012-05-22T15:39:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-22T15:41:09.181-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Sazerac Co. Agreed to Acquire Spirits Brands from White Rock Distilleries</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  For the second time in nine months, Sazerac Co. has agreed to acquire a number of spirits brands from White Rock Distilleries. The brands include Baja, Tenure, Epic, Superia, Stroyski, El Charro, Blackmaker, Chocolate Valley Vines and others. The price for the sale, which becomes effective May 31, was undisclosed. Last September, Sazerac purchased more than 30 brands from White Rock, which also recently sold fast-rising Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum to Beam Inc.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/861517857312522006/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=861517857312522006' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/861517857312522006'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/861517857312522006'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/sazerac-co-agreed-to-acquire-spirits.html' title='Sazerac Co. Agreed to Acquire Spirits Brands from White Rock Distilleries'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-5290217886963235866</id><published>2012-05-22T15:34:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-22T15:35:54.117-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Connecticut&#39;s Governor Signed Legislation to Legalize Sunday Sales of Alcohol</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation to legalize Sunday sales of alcohol late yesterday afternoon. The law becomes effective immediately, meaning that Sunday sales will begin May 20. Sunday hours for package stores and grocery stores will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and package stores will now be allowed to sell fresh fruits used in cocktails, as well as olives, cheeses and crackers. The bill maintains minimum pricing laws, but does raise the permitted number of licenses per retailer from two to three. A bipartisan task force will now study the issues of minimum pricing, volume discounts and taxation, and prepare a report to be submitted to the legislature in January.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/5290217886963235866/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=5290217886963235866' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/5290217886963235866'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/5290217886963235866'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/connecticuts-governor-signed.html' title='Connecticut&#39;s Governor Signed Legislation to Legalize Sunday Sales of Alcohol'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-762043869294014011</id><published>2012-05-22T15:31:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-22T15:33:37.419-07:00</updated><title type='text'>The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Threaten to File a Complaint For Ongoing Rum Subsidy Batle</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) is threatening to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the U.S., regarding the region’s ongoing rum subsidy battle. The organization has been critical of recent measures taken by Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to use U.S. government refunds to create subsidies and incentives for large international rum producers like Bacardi and Diageo. CARICOM is claiming that the subsidies violate WTO regulations and make it impossible for smaller rum players to compete. Triggered by Diageo’s 2010 decision to shift production of its Captain Morgan rum brand from Puerto Rico to the USVI after being lured by higher rebates, the Caribbean rum war has since resulted in increased incentives for Bacardi—which does much of its production in Puerto Rico—as well as Beam Inc.’s Cruzan rum distillery in the USVI.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/762043869294014011/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=762043869294014011' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/762043869294014011'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/762043869294014011'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/caribbean-community-and-common-market.html' title='The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Threaten to File a Complaint For Ongoing Rum Subsidy Batle'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-8109527199376642608</id><published>2012-05-22T15:29:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-22T15:31:05.277-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Pernod Launches New Cuban Rum Trademark After Supreme Court Opts To Stay Out Of Dispute</title><content type='html'>(by Shanken News Daily)  With the U.S. Supreme Court deciding earlier today not to intervene in the long-running Havana Club trademark dispute between Pernod Ricard and Bacardi, Pernod has registered a new trademark—Havanista—with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office so that it can market a Cuban rum brand in the U.S. if the embargo with Cuba is eventually lifted.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The introduction of the Havanista trademark follows the U.S. High Court’s decision to leave intact the U.S. Treasury Department’s refusal to renew the Havana Club trademark that was held by Cubaexport, the state-owned agency that produces Havana Club. That decision paved the way for Bacardi to sell its own Havana Club brand in the U.S., which the rum giant has been doing in small quantities in the Florida market for the past five years.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pernod—which has sold Havana Club around the world since forming an alliance with Cubaexport in 1993—and Bacardi have been embroiled in the trademark dispute since 1994, when Bacardi applied for a U.S. trademark for Havana Club. Pernod sells nearly 4 million cases of Havana Club annually, even though the brand is embargoed from the world’s largest premium rum market.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/8109527199376642608/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=8109527199376642608' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/8109527199376642608'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/8109527199376642608'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/pernod-launches-new-cuban-rum-trademark.html' title='Pernod Launches New Cuban Rum Trademark After Supreme Court Opts To Stay Out Of Dispute'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-3433423498925852665</id><published>2012-05-10T13:43:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-10T13:44:09.689-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Beam Inc. Appoints Nicholas Fink as Senior Vice President</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Beam Inc. has appointed Nicholas Fink as senior vice president, chief strategy officer. In this role, Fink will lead all strategic planning and corporate development initiatives for the Chicago-based company. He has held a number of strategic business and commercial positions at Beam since joining the company in 2006, including his most recent position as vice president, strategy &amp; corporate development, in which he led the company’s recent $605 million acquisition of Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum from White Rock Distilleries. Prior to joining Beam, Fink was a partner in the corporate department of the law firm of Bell, Boyd &amp; Lloyd.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/3433423498925852665/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=3433423498925852665' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/3433423498925852665'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/3433423498925852665'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/beam-inc-appoints-nicholas-fink-as.html' title='Beam Inc. Appoints Nicholas Fink as Senior Vice President'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-5643408741197318615</id><published>2012-05-10T13:40:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-10T13:41:39.597-07:00</updated><title type='text'>American Beverage Corp. (ABC) is Suing Diageo</title><content type='html'>(News Brief by Shanken News Daily)  Verona, Pennsylvania-based American Beverage Corp. (ABC) is suing Diageo in Pennsylvania, charging that Diageo’s Parrot Bay single-serve frozen cocktail pouches could create consumer confusion because of their alleged similarities to ABC’s own Daily’s Cocktail pouches, which debuted in 2005. American Beverage filed a trademark lawsuit in federal court in Pittsburgh earlier this week, asking the court to intervene to “restrain and enjoin (Diageo’s) infringing conduct” before the key summer selling season. Diageo issued a statement saying it was “confident it would prevail in this matter,” while ABC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/5643408741197318615/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=5643408741197318615' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/5643408741197318615'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/5643408741197318615'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/american-beverage-corp-abc-is-suing.html' title='American Beverage Corp. (ABC) is Suing Diageo'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-636052670283115703</id><published>2012-05-02T15:02:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-02T15:03:34.950-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Connecticut Sunday Sales Bill Passes Senate, Heads To Governor’s Desk</title><content type='html'>(by Shanken News Daily)  Less than a week after clearing Connecticut’s House of Representatives, a Sunday alcohol sales initiative yesterday passed the state’s Senate in a 28-6 vote. The bill now goes to Governor Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign it. Sunday sales will be allowed from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., effective immediately. The bill also allows alcohol sales on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The legislation is a scaled-down version of the proposal unveiled by Malloy in January, which called for sweeping deregulation of the liquor business. Malloy sought the elimination of minimum pricing requirements and an increase in the number of permitted licenses per retailer from two to nine. The final bill does not address the minimum pricing issue, and it raises the number of permitted licenses per retailer to just three. The legislators agreed to form a bipartisan task force to study issues including volume discounts, taxation and minimum pricing, and their report will be completed on January 1, 2013.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Legislative analysts are projecting that Sunday sales will generate $5.2 million in new tax revenue for Connecticut, although some lawmakers dispute that figure. Once Connecticut’s governor signs the bill, Indiana will be the last remaining state to have a total ban on Sunday alcohol sales.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/636052670283115703/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=636052670283115703' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/636052670283115703'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/636052670283115703'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/connecticut-sunday-sales-bill-passes.html' title='Connecticut Sunday Sales Bill Passes Senate, Heads To Governor’s Desk'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-9195578602717946876</id><published>2012-05-02T14:59:00.003-07:00</published><updated>2012-05-02T15:01:58.161-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Total Wine Reveals First Washington Location</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O2CHfnWhOo8/T6Guxusc-oI/AAAAAAAABNM/z0Z8D37bNmc/s1600/Total%2BWines.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 103px;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O2CHfnWhOo8/T6Guxusc-oI/AAAAAAAABNM/z0Z8D37bNmc/s400/Total%2BWines.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5738059569618025090&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(by Shanken News Daily)  Total Wine &amp; More will open its first Washington state store in Bellevue in late June, following the state’s privatization of spirits sales on June 1. The new 30,000-square-foot outlet will be Total Wine’s 81st, located at 699 120th Avenue (formerly Larry’s Market) in Wilburton Crossing. It will feature a climate-controlled wine cellar for rare selections, a walk-in humidor for fine cigars, as well as space for private tastings, consumer education courses, community meetings and special events.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Total Wine has been rumored to be scouting up to 10 Washington locations covering cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver. Its Washington entry will see it take on mega-retailer Costco—the driving force behind the state’s privatization initiative—as well as fellow chains like BevMo, which has announced two summer store openings of its own, in Tacoma and Silverdale, respectively.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/9195578602717946876/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=9195578602717946876' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/9195578602717946876'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/9195578602717946876'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/05/total-wine-reveals-first-washington.html' title='Total Wine Reveals First Washington Location'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O2CHfnWhOo8/T6Guxusc-oI/AAAAAAAABNM/z0Z8D37bNmc/s72-c/Total%2BWines.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-1880220111107533667</id><published>2012-04-30T12:01:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-04-30T12:02:37.284-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Connecticut Sunday Sales Law Passes House, Moves To Senate</title><content type='html'>(by Shanken News Daily)  Connecticut’s proposed Sunday alcohol sales initiative has taken another step toward passing, clearing the state’s House of Representatives last week with a 116-27 vote. The initiative, House Bill 5021, allows for alcohol sales on Sunday and certain holidays, the ability for retailers to own three liquor licenses instead of two and a task force to study other liquor law reforms. The bill will now move on to the full Senate, where it must be passed by midnight on May 9, the last day of session.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The legislation is a scaled down version of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s original sweeping proposal that allowed nine liquor licenses per retailer, the sale of beer in c-stores, extended bar hours until 2 a.m. and eliminated minimum pricing, among other changes. Some supporters still hope those measures will be reinserted into the final version of the bill now being considered by the Connecticut Senate.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/1880220111107533667/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=1880220111107533667' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/1880220111107533667'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/1880220111107533667'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/04/connecticut-sunday-sales-law-passes.html' title='Connecticut Sunday Sales Law Passes House, Moves To Senate'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12028195.post-1206629355448058741</id><published>2012-04-26T12:19:00.001-07:00</published><updated>2012-04-26T12:20:17.882-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Jameson, Malibu Pace Pernod Ricard USA In Third Quarter</title><content type='html'>(by Shanken News Daily)  Jameson Irish whiskey continues to drive Pernod Ricard USA’s progress, with 23% organic sales growth in the nine months through March. Pernod&#39;s top 14 strategic brands were up 5% in the U.S. over the same period. The Glenlivet single malt Scotch and Malibu rum also delivered healthy U.S. growth, with each rising by 9%. Malibu’s recent sales lift has been led by innovations such as its new Malibu Red and Malibu Sunshine extensions, Pernod said.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In an encouraging sign, Kahlúa liqueur returned to U.S. growth in the three months through March after sliding by nearly a quarter of a million cases over the past five years. On the other hand, Pernod’s largest brand, Absolut, which rebounded in 2010 after two down years, is continuing to face intense competition in its core U.S. market, and declined 1% over the first three quarters of Pernod’s fiscal year, which ends in June. Absolut has lost half a million cases in the U.S. since 2007.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Globally, Pernod Ricard posted a 9% organic sales increase to €6.32 billion ($8.4b) in the nine months through March. China (+22%) and India (+25%) continue to be the top growth areas for the company. On a brand basis, Royal Salute (+24%), Martell (+23%), Perrier-Jouët (+21%), The Glenlivet (+18%), Jameson (+17%), Chivas Regal (+12%) and Ricard (+11%) were among Pernod’s biggest gainers worldwide over the past nine months.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/feeds/1206629355448058741/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12028195&amp;postID=1206629355448058741' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/1206629355448058741'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/12028195/posts/default/1206629355448058741'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://rumtalk.blogspot.com/2012/04/jameson-malibu-pace-pernod-ricard-usa.html' title='Jameson, Malibu Pace Pernod Ricard USA In Third Quarter'/><author><name>Luis Ayala</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/09946097703938426681</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='24' height='32' src='//blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEgMErL-O4DVmjBAnWHIs2Xh2I5LNTprjZrB4RHb17JBaaU4HIscdJfhRPcvqxKKko73odW9lQhPk0bdVyKK1XkxjZ-Dq2sDV6ERBcoM7q-rRYSWC3dIvnY-JfZP0ozysA/s220/Luis_Small.jpg'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry></feed>

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