News from the spirits, craft spirits, and beverage alcohol categories.

William Grant & Sons CEO Stella David Steps Down, Simon Hunt Takes the Reins

Global premium spirits business and independent family distillers, William Grant & Sons has today confirmed that Chief Executive, Stella David, has decided to step down as CEO at the end of February 2016 and will be succeeded by current Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Hunt.

Austin Cocktails Releases Two New Craft Offerings

Austin Cocktails – a family-owned company and leader in the category – is pleased to announce the launch of two new small-batch, craft cocktails. The offerings, Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail and Bergamot Orange Margarita, will launch with a newly updated label in California, Colorado, Texas and New York/Tri-State Market in Q4 2015.

DeKuyper Crowns 2015 Cocktail Master

Throughout September, DeKuyper called upon talented and inventive bartenders in all 50 states to submit a short video highlighting their skills behind the bar using one of the over 70 cordial flavors from the DeKuyper portfolio.

Venus Spirits Expands into Southern California

The Santa Cruz based distillery has opened up distribution in Southern California with Southern Wine & Spirits, and Venus has been working to gain key placement in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Jeffrey B. Popkin Named CEO of Sidney Frank Importing Company

Popkin most recently served as president of the blockbuster Vita Coco brand. During his tenure, this undisputed leader in the coconut water category saw significant growth from coast to coast, including the rapid expansion of its distribution and retail footprint. His leadership experience in the beverage industry also included serving as CEO of Red Bull Distribution.

La Martiniquaise Appoints 375 Park Avenue Spirits as Exclusive US Importer for Saint-Vivant Armagnac

The brand, which dates back to 1559, has remained faithful to its heritage over the centuries and is produced from fruit grown in the Bas-Armagnac andTénarèze regions. In keeping with the longstanding traditions of Gascony in southwest France, the Armagnacs of Saint-Vivant are then distilled using the time-honored technique of distillation traditionnelle armagnacaise followed by aging in French oak barrels until mature.

“Small Business Revolution” Project Features Cleveland Whiskey

The Small Business Revolution, which also features "Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec, is a yearlong campaign that celebrates the vibrancy, variety and community impact of small businesses across the country. Its latest story is a photo essay profiling Cleveland Whiskey, one of 100 profiles of inspiring small businesses that will debut throughout 2015 at SmallBusinessRevolution.org.

Wild Turkey Debuts New Packaging

A detailed new turkey illustration, found on every expression and most prominently displayed on Wild Turkey 101, depicts a spirited bird that is authentic, proud, and bold – characteristics that have always defined the conviction at the heart of the Wild Turkey brand.