WILMINGTON, Del. — Chopin Imports Limited (CIL), the exclusive marketing company for Chopin Vodka brand, Dorda Liqueurs, Clase Azul Tequila, La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur, Portobello Road Gin, and Australian Bitters, today announced that it has appointed Charles “Chuck” Kane to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Kane will have oversight and accountability for all operating aspects of the organization including the growth of CIL. The announcement was made by Tadeusz Dorda, Founder and CEO of Chopin Imports.
“Chuck’s ability to build brands, lead teams and increase profits speaks for itself,” said Dorda. “He has a proven track record of exceeding expectations, and I am confident he will achieve even more with Chopin Imports.”
Kane has worked in the wine and spirits industry for more than 20 years, with extensive knowledge of on- and off-premise, including small-batch spirits. In his most recent role as the Vice President, National Sales Manager for 3 Badge Beverage Corporation he directed the company’s Spirits sales division as well as overseeing product innovation and new brand launches. Kane has achieved a Level 2 Certificate from the Master Court of Sommeliers and a Certificate of International Compliance from the Department of Commerce. Kane graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Human Sciences.
“I have always looked up to the Chopin brand. The Dorda family has established their name as one synonymous with superior ingredients and great-tasting products,” said Kane. “There is a wealth of opportunity to expand on what they have built, and I am honored to lead this endeavor.”
“Chuck’s commitment to designing and executing successful strategies for family-owned companies and small-batch brands makes him well positioned for this role. We are excited to have him onboard,” Dorda added.
About Chopin Imports Ltd.
Chopin Imports Limited (CIL) was established to market one of the world’s top vodkas, Chopin Vodka, and other expressions created by the Dorda family. Chopin Vodka products are distilled from local ingredients grown in Podlasie region, Poland (100km east of Warsaw) and the entire distillation process – from growing, cooking, fermenting and distilling raw ingredients, to bottling – is carefully tended on the Dorda family property. Chopin Vodka was the first to debut ultra-luxury vodka in 1993 with its iconic bottles– a design that has since redefined the vodka sector, and the only brand in the world to produce a range of distinctive vodkas from different ingredients. CIL offers its renowned single-ingredient vodkas – potato, rye and wheat; limited-edition line of SINGLE, once distilled spirits that showcase just how different vodkas can be; and a duo of Dorda Liqueurs (Dorda Double Chocolate and Dorda Sea Salt Caramel). Naturally gluten free, Chopin Vodka has been named one of the best vodkas by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition for eight years consecutively with Chopin Potato being the most awarded potato vodka in the world. CIL has since used its successful sales and marketing insights to expand its super-premium agency brand portfolio.